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I'm all wet -- the sound of soaking at a Japanese hot spring
November 17, 2010 04:49 PM PST
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Three days later and I am FINALLY recovering from my trip an onsen/hot spring resort in Nikko Japan, which is two and half hours north of Tokyo by car. The virtues of Japanese "naked communion" (hadaka no tsukiai) in the baths of "Ryokan Funamisou" onsen hotel was great but... ...Listening to this koto (Japanese harp) music on my iPod put me dead asleep and happy before 9PM. More... ryokan-funamisou--view room-ryokan-funamisou Read..
Quality: Toyota vs GM ... everybody's a loser now
March 30, 2010 06:58 PM PDT
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Check out this podcast of "This American Life" on National Public Radio of how Toyota showed GM how to make a quality car in the US, created a car plant named NUMMI and how GM's management (through interviews with former GM workers) systematically failed to learn the lesson Toyota was trying to teach them until it was too late....
...and ironically, how Toyota learned from GM how to make defective cars...more...

Electric Crow Funk of Tokyo
January 13, 2010 09:53 PM PST
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The yakimo man with his roasted sweet potatoes came by this morning and I recorded his mournful song. I realized that the crows were harmonizing and calling back to him. Great call-and-response but it needed a funky beat that I added. Enjoy.

December 24, 2009 07:28 PM PST
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Oddly for Christmas Eve, BBC radio offered a well-researched programme, "THE SAMURAI" (Thursday 9.00-9.45am, 24 December 2009). This show was on BBC Radio 4 in their series called "In Our Time", which discusses major topics in history, science, religion, philosophy etc. Sadly BBC used DRM in the program to prevent listening to it as downloaded podcast. So, I "found" a analog recording of the programme in plain old MP3 format (43 minutes, 3MB).

OH Noooooos! It's Yoko Ono Christmas singing!
December 08, 2009 11:22 PM PST
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Listen to John Lennon and a giggly Yoko Ono made this “audio Christmas card” in 1969 exclusively for the members of Beatles’ Fan Club in the UK and the U.S.

Learn more about this Ono's Christmas yowling at today's news.3Yen.com.

'Umibozu' (Japanese sea monster) Song
October 11, 2009 10:33 PM PDT
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Here's a funny MP3 rip (2.5MB) of a YouTube video from the " Lovely Complex" Japanese TV series.

It's the Umibozu Song performed by Susumu TERAJIMA (he is really a actor who specializing in playing yakuza and is not a singer per se). In the video he poses as a wannabe gangsta rapper, "Umibozu," (bald sea monster ---for more information see my post: Umi-Bozu - Japanese sea monster.

Anyway...With scantily clad girls gyrating against him as he sings inane lyrics, this TV segment is a funny parody of lame-o rappers.

Japanese sea monster

Tony's cock's coos ...bi-pun fun
September 17, 2009 09:16 PM PDT
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A common conversation ploy to change the topic in Japanese is to say tonikaku "anyway", "whatever", "in any case" , which amuses my hinky mind into thinking of the bilingual punTony's cock's coos. I'm easily amused.

Carrier of 'nursery rhyme reggae' from Japan
August 08, 2009 08:35 PM PDT
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This J-pop group "Coba-U" calls themselves, "tastey nursery rhyme neology." Hey, what do you expect? They're Japanese.
I am from dark space. A reggae size wienie enthusiast. A mystery living entity (bacteria). I transfer to a thing of Shimokita and a certain daughter and am observing the earth. But.
Here's Coba-U lead singer "MUFFIN" featured in her "Red Shoes" video and with her infection girls. More info on the news.3yen.com
For real fun time try 'Song of the Military and Political University of Resistance Against Japan'!
July 31, 2009 11:55 PM PDT
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North Korean party boy, Kim Jon Il had this great music suggestion on his iTunes playlist:

Song of the Military and Political University of Resistance Against Japan. china military songs

That cheerful tune is also available here for free. Resistance Against Japan stamp 1995 March 17 Resistance Against Japan stamp from China 1995 March 17
'Yeah, I think I'll write a haiku...'
July 09, 2009 06:50 PM PDT
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Back in the mists of time (1973), the avant-popster group "Slapp Happy" sing their "HAIKU" song... More info on this HAIKU here...

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