Thursday, June 26, 2014

Japan Trivia : Why do Japanese like to eat at food stalls?

 Pic credit to "exactly like in edo, soba noodle portable vending stall"

Outdoor carts and stands that sell ramen are popular even with young women. High school and college girls, who normally avoid restaurants that cater to middle-aged men, are willing to rub shoulders with older men at food stands.

According to one account, the source of widespread popularity of food carts dates back to the samurai era. During the Warring States period, fighting men were told to "eat fast, shit fast, and prepare fast". Soldiers must be ready to fight at any time.

Thus the fundamental principle was to eat and perform other bodily functions in short time. Eating quickly was part of the samurai's job.

The custom of eating quickly became widespread. In the Edo period, fast-food carts and children selling food from baskets suspended from shoulder poles were common sights in cities and towns.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Japan Idol - Arashi

First, let me tell you guys, I'm not English native speaker, so I will mess up my word, spelling, grammar and blaa blaa blaa. I post in English because its good if other countries can read too, right? I will just use very simple word and sentences as long as I'm comfortable with it. Thanks!

Okay! Now hands up if you don't know Arashi!

Arashi is one of the talented group in Japan and I admit I love them. They are handsome enough for people around their aged. This year, 2014. Most of them already 30years old and above. But yeah, I think most of Japanese get their handsomeness after they reached 30.

Whats make me love Arashi? Of course their CHARMING. Hahaha. No lah, actually they are not so popular after their debut. They debut in Honolulu, Hawaii on 15 September 1999. Very young, they are very very very young at that time. I read about them, and also hear most of their story from my friend which shared our interest to Arashi to know them better.

I started to love them when my neighbor in our dormitory keep playing songs from Boku no miteiru fuukei concert all day long. I asked her, "eh! what group is this? why you keep listening to them??" then she replied "demm, u dunno them! they are my prince charming!" I started to google them andd naaaahhh I fall in love!!

Actually, Arashi slowly declined after the debut and faced very gloomy years around 2002-2005. But then, Matsumoto Jun (Matsujun) got offered casting for HanaYori Dango main cast, Domyouji. They gained the popularity from Matsujun's drama.

I heard, at first Domyouji wanted the Rui role, but then when he thought about the gloomy years of Arashi, he finally decided to do Domyouji (even he likes cool character, Rui so much).

After that drama, they rapidly raising their popularity and gained a lot of awards. They are allowed to do their concert in Kokuritsu (very big stadium for National Olympic events) every year and be the only one idol use that stadium for I think 6 years consecutively!

Many great things I wanna share about this awesome group later! I think another awesomeness of Japan is Arashi. Don't you think so? I love they taking care towards each other. Touch  ^_^