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Funny Japanese Stuff: Alphabet song October 18, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan,Music,omoshiroi nee! — kachihadashi @ 18:19


Here’s the next part of the Funny And/Or Interesting Things That I Found In Japan series! Most of you probably know the song that we used to sing in primary school to memorize the alphabet, right? This is a really nice ska version of it, written and performed by the Japanese band Doberman:

EDIT: Recently, some bloggers from the Netherlands got sued for copyright infringement because they embedded Youtube videos in their blog posts. It’s kinda stupid IMO, punishing people for making free (!) advertising for the music companies by giving new and little known bands and artists the attention they deserve. But it seems to be the law and I don’t want to be drawn to court for it, so here’s how to listen to Doberman’s alphabet song:

Go to youtube.com and search for this: doberman アルファベット  . You can copy and paste the second word. Take the first result. There are lots of other good songs by this band in the similar videos. Most of them are better than this one 😉 For some  of my favourites, insert one of these after “doberman”:  赤い太陽,月,車掌は寝転んだまま,or Leap for Joy.

Have fun!

Mata ne!


Black holo japanese glitter POTD – and a new series! October 13, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan,Glitter,Nail polish,NOTD,omoshiroi nee! — kachihadashi @ 18:33

Hello again!

So, review first for those of you who don’t like looking at pedicure pics 😉

This polish was extremely sheer as well, so instead of using 4+ coats on my uneven toenails to get it somewhere near opaque and smooth, I just layered one coat of holo over a basic black creme. Drying time was OK, though, it didn’t take as long as expected.

So, on to the swatches:






If you don’t like ’em, don’t scroll further down than here!


Inside, artificial light, no flash. This is pretty much what it looks like outside on a cloudy day.


Theeere we go. Imagine this effect x3 and you know what happens when the sun hits my toes. This is also indoors, with flash.

Sorry I couldn’t get any sunlight photos, but I’m really busy with university now and….well, Kyoto University is the second oldest university in Japan and ranks Top 20 in every worldwide university ranking I have seen so far. Therefore, both students and teachers are extremely proud to be able to work and study here. Kinda like Yale or Cambridge or something like that, plus strong Japanese patriotism. Now imagine what they would do to a girl sitting in the entrance of one of the venerable institutes, painting her nails and taking photos of her naked feet… :/ Yes, exactly.

So probably I will only be able to post proper swatches and NOTDs like twice a week or so. There will be a new series, though, featuring funny or interesting things I discovered here. It’s starting right now! Hope you enjoy it!

This is from my Japanese lecture today. The teacher doesn’t speak english, only Japanese, so she draws little cartoons or uses gestures to explain new vocabulary. We had a lot of fun in this class^^ Can you guess what the Kanji (chinese characters) in the brackets mean?



Have a nice day!


Dollar store goodness! (and some random pics^^) October 9, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan,Glitter,Hauls,Nail polish,NOTD — kachihadashi @ 14:50

Good evening!

Today I got my first bunch of japanese polishes!  I got three from a 100 yen shop and one from the drugstore. They had a quite nice color range there, including a TON of nudes (not really for me to wear, but pretty. My mum would totally love them) and the cutest bright glitters and almost-neons ever! Only thing I missed a bit were some dark, vampy shades. Probably I just looked in the wrong places.

Here is what I got:

Midtone blue by Crayon Manicure. It seems to be a jelly, but I didn’t really swatch any of them yet.


Black jelly with gorgeous holo glitter. Maybe a bit like China Glaze Cosmic?


This is the drugstore one. It’s by Noah and it seems to be a charcoal/purple kind of base color packed with tiny pink and purple glitter. Can’t wait to try this one.



More GLITTAH! This is pure green sparkly awesomeness, plus some golden hexagons that look blue in certain lights <3. It’s really sheer, so it makes a great topper. Here it is over my current NOTD, a deep burgundy creme:




And here are some other little things I already love about Japan:

Heavy metal crisps:


Green tea cappucino (does that contradict itself? oO):


Chopsticks that look like a Konad mani (and a nice one, too!):


And of course the fact that you can get a perfectly working, cute little coffee machine for only about 15$!

I think I will try the black holo as my next pedicure, so photos of that are coming soon! Maybe some nail art, too, they have these amazing Stripe Rite-like things at a drugstore near my university…

See you all soon! ❤


Kyoto Photos October 3, 2009

Filed under: Big in Japan — kachihadashi @ 16:12


This is what I see from the balcony:




There are crickets in those woods, and they are insanely loud. It’s like having a tree full of tweeting birds next to your window. It’s quite nice, actually.

Kyoto is really beautiful. It has those big main streets that look the same in every big city, but once you walk around two or three corners, there are lots of adorable ancient wooden houses, and you feel like in a village somewhere on the countryside or in a living museum. It is a huge, buzzing metropolis, but at the same time, it’s more traditional and old-fashioned (in a pleasant way) than anything I know from Europe. A bit like a giant hide-and-seek playground for adults.


Our dorm is in Ohbaku, a little on the outside of Kyoto, which is nice because there is a little nature here. On the downside, it’s a 30 minutes’ walk in one direction to the train station and 30 mins in the other direction to the next big supermarket/mall thing. I think I should get a bike.

I went to the 100 yen shop today with some guys to get cutlery and household things and stuff. If you are a tourist or you just moved to Japan, you should definitely check one out! They carry basically anything from writing utensils to frying pans, cleaning agents, bins, little electronic thingys, decoration, dishes, gifts, cute pink japanese girly stuff, instant food… everything you need for your everyday life if you’re on a budget and can get along without a lot of  luxury. The quality is quite good, too, considering the price. 100 yen are about one dollar.

This is the polish collection I took with me. I had too leave about 2/3 of my collection at home because of the luggage restriction on the plane 😦 But I definitely plan to get some japanese ones! I heard that there are some awesome glitters here, and I love glitter! Do you guys know any good brands I should try?


Bye for now! Mata ne!