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You know “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, right? You’ve probably sung this song. Yes, it’s this one below.

Did you know that “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is translated in different languages and is popularly sung kids around the world? This is Japanese version of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”(Kira Kira Boshi in Japanese)

This is Chinese version.

This is Spanish version.

This is my favorite one, Indian version.

So, which one is your favorite version?

Creative Japanese high schoolers made stop-motion animations, titled “Kokusen” ( Blackboard war) with blackboard, chalks for their school festival.

This first one used more than 2500 photos to show lively motion. Enjoy!

Second one, titled “Kokusen 2″, used more than 3000 photos .

source: Asiajin

Someone posted a new tally method on reddit a few days ago.

tally method

Indeed, it’s an awesome and useful method. However since this is bloging about Japan, so I will introduce Japanese tally method.

Japanese tally method

This is the tally method we use in Japan. It is a very simple 5 stroke kanji character, which we learn in 1st or 2nd grade. The kanji is pronounced “sei” or “tada” and means “right”, “proper”, and “correct”. If you see someone writing lots of this kanji, it’s probably does not means the guy is practicing kanji. Probably the guy is counting something. Congratulations you learned new kanji now!

Gundam is one of the famous anime icon coming out from Japan. Not to mention tons of Gundam models sold throughout the world and 1/1 scale model attracting thousands of people to visit Shizuoka, Gundam (the robots and it’s characters) is very popular in Japan and used it image in advertisements.
Japanese instant ramen noodle maker Nissin Foods has been using Gundam robots and it’s characters on their instant noodle commercials to help their sales quite sometime.

This is the ad for instant udon and soba.

This is another commercial for same products.

This is the latest version for cup noodle commercial. Don’t ask me what “Boil Japan” is. I don’t understand it either.

This last one is not by Nissin foods and not even official commercial either. It’s made by someone and uploaded on youtube, it’s really well made.

Nowadays, a great number of foreigners are living in Japan and some are passionate about telling how Japan is to the outside world. Since you are reading this post perhaps you are following a few Japan related blogs already. If you are tired of reading same topic again and again, and looking for something original, try foreign born Sumo wrestlers’ blogs. There are about 50 foreign born Sumo wrestlers, who put themselves in very strict unique closed Sumo society, participating in Japan. I found 2 blogs, written in Japanese, of active foreign born Sumo wrestlers. Reading their blogs may help you to understand unveiling Sumo culture and it’s society.

Koto oushu

First foreign born Sumo wrestler’s blog is by Ozeki Kotoōshū (大関 琴欧洲) who is from Bulgaria, which is one of a few European countries which produced Sumo wrestlers. By the way, Ozeki is the rank. It’s the second best Sumo rank behind Yokozuna. Kotoōshū is his Sumo name. We call the rank first then wrestler’s Sumo name. He uses a lot of Hiragana and simple sentences, so even your Japanese is not very good maybe you can understand his blog. His latest blog post which updated on June 21st is about voluntary food serving in Ishinomaki, the disaster hit area. He posted the pictures of he was barbecuing with local people.

Haruma fuji

Next blog is by Ozeki Harumafuji(大関 日馬富士) who is from Mongolia, which currently has most foreign born Sumo wrestlers in Japan. His Japanese writing is very impressive. Maybe better than my Japanese. His latest post is about his visit in Ofunato and Rikuzentakaka in Iwate prefecture, also the disaster hit areas. He went there to serve chankonabe, Japanese style stew commonly eaten in vast quantity by Sumo wrestlers, and cheer up survivors. He wrote once he visited the areas he realized that how terrible tsunami was.

chanko nabe

“chankonabe” from wikipedia

I read their other posts, which both Sumo wrestlers mainly wrote about the earthquake and disaster related topics, like a fundraising in front of Shibuya station, since March 11th. You can see March 11th disaster is also affecting Sumo wrestlers. The other thing you may notice is they wear traditional Japanese clothing such as hakama and yukata. Let’s see what other interesting things you can find reading their blogs.

Sumo hello kitty

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