Sunday, January 31, 2010

「Kimi ni todoke」

Hi ^^
Today, I´ll introduce 「Kimi ni todoke」(lit. Reaching you) written by Karuho Shiina which is a comic for girls.
Oh, this is the first time I introduce a comic for girls.kkk
Kimi ni todoke」 is very popular and famous comic in Japan.
In 2008 it won the Best award for a comic for girls in the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Award. The series was also nominated for the first Manga Taisho awards in 2008.
An anime adaptation of 「Kimi ni todoke」 is currently started airing in Japan.
And also,in Japanuary, there was an announce that 「Kimi ni todoke」 will filming as a live-action movie.
Then, I´ll show you the summary of this comic.

Sawako Kuronuma is a shy yet honest girl who is in search of friendship. She is called Sadako because of her resemblance to horror film character Sadako. Because of it, she has always been feared and misunderstood. And also, there's rumors that Sawako can see ghosts and curse people, because of her appearance. Therefore,she didn't have any friends. But,when her idle,popular boy Kazehaya ,begins talking with her,everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, trying to make friends, open up to classmates , and talking to different people. She is grateful to Kazehaya for giving her the opportunities to make close friends. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love is blossoming between the two as they will overtake any circumstance or clear obstacles in their way.

My favorite character in this comic is Ryu who is Kazehaya's best friend.
He is quiet most of the time and rarely talks.
He looks like a gruff person, but he has an unobstrusive kindness.
That's why I like him^^
I really recommend you to read 「Kimi ni todoke」(●^o^●)♡
These sites introduce this comic in details. (Japanese)
Thank you ^^♪

Saturday, January 30, 2010

★Second semester☆

Hi ^^
This is my first post in second semester.
Firstly, I announce that I won't change my blog's topic(^^♪
Because I like Japanese comics and I want to continue introducing them !(^^)!
I knew there's some people who are intersted in Japanese comics and animation in CHAPEL.
I was really happy when I saw their comment in first semester.
So, I want to continue this blog on a same topic.
There's more comics I want to introduce in this blog(*^^)v
I hope more and more people will be interested in Japanese comics through reading this blog.
Thank you (●^o^●)♡

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year☆2010

Hi♪ Happy New Year ^^☆
This was the first time I experienced the New Year in Brazil.
It was little different from Japanese one.
In this post, I'll introduce you how the traditional Japanese New Year is.

On New Year's Eve, there's some traditional TV programs in Japan.
This time, I'll introduce you the most famous one which is Ko(red)haku(white) Uta (song)Gassen (battle). The picture ( the photo taken by 大橋純人) of it is at the bottom.This is an annual music show on New Year's Eve in Japan which is produced by Japanese broad caster NHK and broadcast on both television and radio. Literally, this programme devides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The red team is composed all female artists, while the white team is composed all male artists. The honor of performing on Kohaku is strictly by invitation , so only the succesful J-Pop artists and enka singers can perform. Win and loss is judged by the judges who are the succesful people chosen by NHK. This time, the white team won ♪ This programme is gorgeous and wonderful one.

Then, when the New Year came, what happen in Japan?
In Brazil, I saw a lot of fireworks. They were so beautiful.
In Japan, the temple bell toll on New Year's Eve is rung. So, it's completely different from the colorful one in Brazil. And, at the same time, Japanese eat the buckwheat noodles eaten on New Year's Eve. We eat it for luck in the New Year.

As a breakfast in January 1st, Japanese eat traditional New Year's food which is called Osechi -Ryori (the picture is at the bottom). The dishes that makes up Osechi has a special meaning celebrating the New Year.

[Daidai] - Japanese bitter orange. It means "from generation to generation". So, it simborizes a wish for the children in New Year.

[Datemaki] - Sweet rolled omelette mixed with fish paste or mashed shrimp. They simporize a wish for many auspicious days.

[Kamaboko] -Broiled fish paste. Traditionally, slices of red and white kamaboko are used. The color and shape are reminiscent of Japan rising sun, and have a celebrately, festival meaning.

[Kazunoko] -Herring roe. It simbolizes a wish to be gifted with numerous children in the New Year.

[Konbu] -The food which is the kind of seaweed. It simbolizes 'joy'.

[Kurikinton] - Mushed chestnut which color is gold.

[Kuromame] -Brack soybeans. It simbolizes a wish for health in the New Year.

[Tai] -A red sea-bream. It simbolizes an auspicious event.

[Tazukuri] -Dried sardines cooked in soy sauce. The symbolism is of an abundant harvest.

[Zoni] -The soup of mochi rice cakes.

Because I'm in Brazil, I couldn't eat all of them this time.
But, I could eat Kamaboko,Kazunoko,Kuromame,Kurikinton, and Zoni.
I like zoni. It's delicious♡

On the New Year, Japanese send the New Year card to friends, teachers, colleague, an so on.

I receive a lot of New Year card every year. I'm always looking forward to receive it ♪♪
Each person designs own New Year card and put their own message on it.
So, it's really fun event for me ^^ There's some examples at the bottom.

Each country has a traditional way of celebrating the New Year.
It's wonderful and interesting, isn't it?
May the new year bring you happiness! (●^o^●)♡