Miscellaneous…

10 Jan

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Last Thursday, a TV show that I enjoy alot was on. It only airs twice a year. I try to watch it every time.
It’s called 「欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞」 (Kinchan & Shingo Katori’s All-Japan Costume Talent Contest).

Do you live in Japan? Have you ever watched this show? Did you watch it last Thursday?
It’s a great show. People make their own costumes and props and put on a short show and a panel of five judges can award between 0 – 4 points each. If the contestant gets at least twelve points, then they move forward and stand a chance to win one of the cash prizes.

Click here to see the official 「欽ちゃん&香取慎吾の全日本仮装大賞」 (Kinchan & Shingo Katori’s All-Japan Costume Talent Contest) website.

Here are a couple of the contestants from past shows on YouTube:

This one’s was one the show last Thursday. It’s called 「ミイラの新体操」 (The Mummy’s Rhythmic Gymnastics):

I enjoyed this one alot.

This one’s called 「ピンポン」 (Ping-Pong). I saw it when it aired on the show a couple years ago:

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Tomorrow is my second daughter’s fourteenth birthday.

(“S”, お誕生日おめでとう! (Happy birthday!) Don’t be in such a hurry to grow-up. You and your sisters are still my babies! )

She’s getting an I-pod® and some clothes for her birthday present.

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Also, tomorrow is 鏡開き (Kagami-biraki).

At お正月 (New Years), one of the many Japanese decorations is 鏡餅 (Kagami-mochi), which is two mochi (pulverized rice) stacked with a みかん (tangerine) on top.

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On January 11, the 鏡餅 (Kagami-mochi), which is brittle by now, is broken and prepared in a hot soup with An beans as a traditional Japanese dish called 「汁粉」 (Shiruko)

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Monday, January 12, is a 祝日 (legal holiday) in Japan.

It’s called 「成人の日 (Adults Day).

Click here to read my short FAQ about this holiday. And click here to read about it on my “Festivals In Tokyo” page.

If you’re in Japan on the second Monday in January, you’ll see many twenty-year-old Japanese people in suits or 着物 (Japanese kimono).

(In just five years, my oldest daughter will being doing the 成人式 (Adults Day ceremony). 😦
Time flies!

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Also if you’re in the area on January 25 and 26, you might want to go to 横浜中華街 (Yokohama Chinatown) for the 中国新年 (Chinese New Year) celebrations.

It’s not on a convenient date if you have to work, like I do…because Chinese New Years Eve is on Sunday, January 25 in the evening…and the real event (including the famous Chinese lion parade) is on Monday, January 26.

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4 Responses to “Miscellaneous…”

  1. tokyo5 January 14, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    Akiyo Horiguchi…

    久しぶり (Long time, no see)…

    >when else does it air besides New Year’s? Did something change, or did I somehow not know about the other date?

    It’s always been semi-annual.
    Once in January and again in the summer (July, I believe).

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  2. Akiyo Horiguchi January 13, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    YES, I love this show!! It was an annual tradition in my house (we rented Japanese TV from the local Japanese video store). I haven’t watched it in many years, though. I wasn’t aware that it aired *twice* a year…when else does it air besides New Year’s? Did something change, or did I somehow not know about the other date?

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  3. tokyo5 January 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    I added a few more things to my “Japanese Stuff” page. You can buy any of them from Amazon.com at my page here:

    http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/books.html

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