三寒四温

6 Mar

Yesterday was warm in Tokyo. The high temperature was 20°C.

But today it’s raining and alot cooler. The high temperature is only 12°C today.
Tomorrow is forecast to only be 6°C and snow!

The rest of this week it’s forecast to have many rainy days and many sunny day…and the temperature will range from 7° – 16°C.

It’s like this every year at this time in Tokyo…the end of winter, the weather fluctuates from warm to cold a lot until Spring finally starts.
In Japanese, the expression for “the temperature going up and down everyday” is 「三寒四温」 (Sankan-shion)…which translates literally to “three cold, four warm”.

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On another note, I have begun listening to an American heavy metal band called “Disturbed“.

I guess I discovered this band late. But I don’t keep up with the music scene anymore like I did when I was a kid.
Do you like this band?

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28 Responses to “三寒四温”

  1. Tornadoes28 March 13, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    There is a band called “Dogwood” that I have heard on Pandora that sounds pretty good. The song is “Feel the Burn”.

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    • tokyo5 March 13, 2010 at 11:15 am #

      You mean this one:

      In my opinion it’s just so-so.

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  2. cuteandcurls March 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    I think everywhere around the world is excruciatingly hot!! Perfect for my laundry drying tho but not good to go out. Ive never heard of that Heavy Metal band in fact I hardly listen to Heavy Metal eversince it died a slow quiet death to allow Alternative Metal into the music world.

    When I see that cd cover it reminds me of Iron Maiden as they used alot of the mummified image. When it comes to heavy metal ill stick to those which i used to listen to during my growing years 😛

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    • Tornadoes28 March 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

      It didn’t die. Not only did it not die, it is still strong while Alternative Metal like Nirvana is long gone.

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

        >Alternative Metal like Nirvana is long gone

        Is Nirvana considered a kind of metal music? I thought that music was called “Grunge”.

        Either way, I never liked Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc.

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      • cuteandcurls March 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

        Yes I always thought Nirvana was more of a grunge band and music wise it was recognised as rock 🙂

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      • pongrocks March 8, 2010 at 12:31 am #

        grunge is a sub-genre of rock ^^ I think there is some influence of metal but hard-rock and punk are clearly dominant 😉 Anyway, it’s hard to deffine music nowadays since there is a lot of crossover stuff out there ;P

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      • tokyo5 March 8, 2010 at 12:43 am #

        >it’s hard to deffine music nowadays

        In Japan, most people aren’t too concerned about a music’s genre…they’ll listen to a band or a song they like without being concerned about what “type” of music it is.

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      • pongrocks March 8, 2010 at 1:02 am #

        >>In Japan, most people aren’t too concerned about a music’s genre…they’ll listen to a band or a song they like without being concerned about what “type” of music it is.

        thats exactly how I think 🙂 But people tend to judge other people by the music genre they listen to over here… not so much the older people, but the younger. Interesting is, that you can almost always predict what kind of music someone is listening to by looking at them and their clothes, but I guess that’s nothing new… It’s fun guessing that kind of thing while waiting at a bus stop. Well, lately it’s not so difficult to guess because some people just walk around with their handy loudspeaker turned on when they want to listen to music… Really annoying… They don’t do that in Japan, do they? 🙂

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      • tokyo5 March 8, 2010 at 1:29 am #

        >But people tend to judge other people by the music genre they listen to over here…
        …some people just walk around with their handy loudspeaker turned on when they want to listen to music…
        … They don’t do that in Japan, do they?

        Neither of those are done here.

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    • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

      >When it comes to heavy metal ill stick to those which i used to listen to during my growing years

      I grew up in the ’80s, and of course I think ’80s heavy metal is the best…but I enjoy finding something new that sounds good. It’s just getting harder and harder to find new music I like as I get older. 😉

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  3. Sir Pent March 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    I never got into the “Nu-Metal” genre enough to buy anything. I have heard Disturbed on the radio and can say that I didn’t hate it.

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    • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 1:00 am #

      Is their music called “Nu-Metal”?
      What does “Nu” mean?

      They’re kind of an “angry” heavy metal.
      Metallica and Megadeth started this style, I think. And it has evolved to Disturbed, KoRn, Marilyn Manson, etc.

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      • pongrocks March 7, 2010 at 2:16 am #

        nu metal is a music style that combines elements from different genres of music… metal is obviously a part of it and other elemts can be rap, grunge, punk or whatever. I think the most popular example is Linkin Park, at least over here.
        And the nu is just an abbreviation for new 😉

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 2:25 am #

        I see. Thank you.
        So, I guess Limp Bizkit would have been another example.

        >nu is just an abbreviation for new

        So, if it means “New Metal”…what will they call it when it’s not the newest thing anymore (provided it’s still around)? 😉

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      • pongrocks March 7, 2010 at 2:45 am #

        >>So, I guess Limp Bizkit would have been another example.

        absolutely right 😉

        >>So, if it means “New Metal”…what will they call it when it’s not the newest thing anymore (provided it’s still around)? 😉

        in Germany they are still calling German music from the 80’s “Neue Deutsche Welle” (something like “New German Wave” in English). Maybe you know the German singer Nena, other than that I wouldn’t know anyone of them who was successful outside of Germany… ^^

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

        >Maybe you know the German singer Nena

        Isn’t she the one who sang an anti-war song called “99 Red Balloons” in the ’80s?

        >other than that I wouldn’t know anyone of them who was successful outside of Germany…

        Besides her, the only German musicians I know are The Scorpions, Michael Schenker (brother of Rudolf Schenker, guitarist of “The Scorpions”), Accept, U.D.O., Rammstein, Helloween, and Gamma Ray.

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  4. pongrocks March 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    And here I was thinking winter in Germany is finally over… It snowed again last night and the temperatures are below 0°C… But the weather doesn’t really matter right now since I have to cram for an important exam on monday… ^^

    >>I guess I discovered this band late. But I don’t keep up with the music scene anymore like I did when I was a kid. Do you like this band?

    I know this band, they are not bad 🙂 haven’t listened to them in some time… I remember they did a pretty neat cover of the Genesis song Land of Confusion… Other than that I just remember stupify and ten thouand fists right now 🙂
    Some other great bands you might like are In Flames and maybe Atreyu… Haven’t listened to this kind of music a lot recently but I used to love atreyu and some other metal bands 😉 The band Shinedown is great as well, but more hard rock than metal… They are all not really like Disturbed but just check some songs out on youtube, maybe you like them 😛

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    • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 12:57 am #

      Is it still only 0°C in Germany?
      How hot does it get there in summer? Is it humid?

      And I’ll check out those bands you recommend. Thanks.

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  5. Tornadoes28 March 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    Hey, Disturbed, I listen to them also. I don’t have any of their albums but I have them as one of my favorites on Pandora.com radio.

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    • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 12:56 am #

      I didn’t buy their CDs either. I haven’t bought a CD in awhile.

      I rented their CDs and copied them to my MP3 player.

      CD rental shops (used to be “LP rental”) are popular in Japan.

      And I don’t know about “Pandora.com”.
      How is “internet radio” different from “regular” radio?

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      • Tornadoes28 March 7, 2010 at 1:45 am #

        I think it’s better. I listen to it at work.

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 2:03 am #

        I mean…how is it different? Or is it simply like a radio station played on your computer?

        I have never listened to internet radio…and actually I rarely listen to the radio at all…so I was just wondering.

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      • Tornadoes28 March 7, 2010 at 4:04 am #

        There are basically two kinds, one is actual radio stations that you can also listen to through their website.

        Then there are one like Pandora which have some ads but not very many and you can create your own favorites radio channels.

        For example my channel has Disturbed, Seether, Tool and a lot of other similar groups. So you can customize what you want to listen to.

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

        I’ll check out internet radio.

        Do you recommend Pandora.com?

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      • Tornadoes28 March 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

        Yes, I like it better than others I’ve used.

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      • Tornadoes28 March 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

        My cable tv company here in LA has music channels for various genres including hard rock and this is where I first heard bands like Disturbed. It’s Saturday night and I am listening to it right now and they are playing “Believe” by Disturbed and it rocks.

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      • tokyo5 March 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

        Actually, I heard a bit of their new album “Believe“…I don’t like it as much as “Indestructible” or “Ten Thousand Fists“.

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