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Thank you for stopping by! I'm a recent fan of the group whose song lyric is my username. ;)
Every now and then I post episode reviews and trial recipes, so feel free to explore. :)

Note: Listings are YYMMDD
TV Show Reviews

151017 - Arashi ni Shiyagare Full Episode Review (Guest: Ito Atsushi)
121115 - Himitsu no Arashi Chan Last Mission Cut (Ohno's Batsugame)
150903 - VS Arashi - Unfair Team Episode Review
150725 - Arashi ni Shiyagare Ohno's Let's Make It Corner (Guest: Haruma Miura)

Ii Mise, Kudoi Mise Attempt - Enoki Cheese
121213 - Himitsu no Arashi Chan Kimura Kaela Pasta recipe

News & Blog Translations
151205 - Arashi News (Rankings, JCD + Translation Snippet from VS Arashi)
Vol. 128 - Jun's J-Blog re: JAPONISM

Have a nice day! <3

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SMAP x SMAP Translation Snippet

Thesis #2 has started and I need all the motivation I can to get to keep going. I've been having such a hard time sleeping for the past 4 months that my productivity has just been going down. My Mom told me that my Dad had bouts of insomnia but then it got better...it's been four months and for the past week, I totaled 10 hours. I'm just easily irritable now. :|

Anyway, it's been so long since I've been updated with Arashi and anything in the Japanese entertainment. I've heard Anne Watanabe and Higashide Masahiro have already welcomed their twin girls (twins!! <3) and that's all I know. As far as Arashi is concerned I'm quite off the loop? Has Waku-Waku Gakkou happened? Any funny moments in recent episodes? Pfft. Who am I writing to here? XD

Anyway, as my way of just enjoying the SMAP that was, I looked for an SMAPxSMAP episode (May 2016) I'd like and decided to do a translation snippet for the episode with Ichikawa Ebizo and his son Kangen. His son looks so much like his wife, Kobayashi Mao. I found the episode adorable because it was a bunch of grown guys laughing to the answers of a 3 year old boy.
I just decided to post a snippet of the tasting and judging time:
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This is MJ - Oyster Recipes

This is a continuation of the post I did on SF. I wasn't able to include this because entry was too long to post.

The sureball way to make me say yes to translating or reviewing a segment is one thing: FOOD. It's the one thing that makes me watch an episode more. When Ii Mise, Kudoi Mise was still a segment in Shiyagare, I enjoyed it very much. I regress, last week, I said I was choosing between reviewing this segment or doing the NewsZERO translation of Typhoon Haiyan. I opted to do NewsZERO last week. But I still want to give a little more attention to MatsuJun (especially since his drama is coming up —99.9%) so I decided to do a review on this segment!

I mean Food + ARASHI + the sea? I'm in! :)

Location: Osakikami Island in Hiroshima
Episode Date: 2016.02.27
This is MJ Guest:  NONE
Episode Objective: To get a green Claire Oyster.
[Want to know what a Claire Oyster is? Click here! :)]

Famous oyster from the largest oyster-producing region in the world. The oysters are finished in knee-deep claire (rectangular salt ponds) for a minimum of one month, during which they fatten and take on a sweeter, fruitier flavor from the water and phytoplankton in the ponds.


In this segment Matsumoto-san makes different variations of dishes with oyster as the main ingredient.
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Oshinobi Disney! [Episode Recap & Review]

Last time I posted there were comments about the Nagase x Sakurai Disneyland trip which i had no clue about--to my surprise, it was the Oshinobi last Saturday! Awesome! The most serious Arashi member in the happiest place on earth!

I guess it's okay to post the first picture with Nagase and Sakurai because most of you already knew he was the guest anyway. :) I did look forward to this because Sakurai-san seems more relaxed with certain guests (eg. Harisenbon) vs the female celebrities. While he is polite, I think there's a closeness (and ease?) with him and his senpai you can't miss.

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{C}In a Shabekuri 007 episode Nagase said he often gets mistaken for a Filipino and now I see why. He doesn't look Japanese at all when you cover his hair! :P
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Lately, I haven't been too happy with Sakurai's oshinobi...because it's almost as if I know he'll be caught? Haha.
3 Lightning Arashi's!

This is a treat (and of course additional points for those who read up to the very last part), I know this weekend will be the Tsukutte Miyo segment for Aiba-chan. I hope Sakurai gets a handmade gift too--Ohno san promised them! :P

Kouhaku - Arashi x Star Wars

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope you're resting well and for those who celebrate New Year's during this time of the year--hope you've ate heartily! :) Take care and don't get burned with fireworks!

I spent most of my new year eve preparing food and watching Kouhaku in between. The performances were lovely. One singer even performed in a gold leaf dress on a mechanical phoenix! Lovely!

The V6 + Perfume medley with the Disney characters were adorable. Miyake Ken, although with minimal screen time was his usual adorable boy self.

As for the ARASHI performance--which my mom and sister and I were looking forward to...it was  a performance that began and ended too soon. I understand JCD is about to start but even the song choices and the hype with Star Wars made me feel like I ended up expecting too much that's why I ended up a little disappointed.

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Quick ARASHI News + Trans Snippet

It's Friday! Friday! It was my turn to post on storm_freaks and after posting, all I can say is GO ARASHI.
Posting a snippet of what I posted there to my personal journal. :)

Tower Records Japan Ranking!
Tower Records has announced the 2015 Best Sellers: The Beatles' album won first place for their Western Category while ARASHI has won for the Japanese for multiple releases. Namely:

  • Ranked 1st for [JAPONISM] amongst other albums in the Top 20.

  • Ranked 1st for [嵐 Blast in Hawaii] amongst others ranked in the Top 10 Music DVDs.

  • Ranked 1st for [ピカ☆★☆ンチ LIFE IS HARD たぶん HAPPY] in Top 5 Japanese movies.

Other winners include AKB48 for their single [僕たちは戦わない], Big Hero 6 (movie), Wednesday campanella for J-Indies among other winners.

The Miyagi DVD covers have been released and this is how they look like (brown - Regular Edition, fields - Limited):

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Johnny's Count Down Voting Now Open!
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An ARASHI Christmas Gift? <3
Word has it that ARASHI will be performing LIVE on Music Station Super Live on December 25, 2015.
With concert tours, performing in Kouhaku and hosting Johnny's Count Down, looks like the five of them will be having a pretty packed winter.

BONUS--Arashi members and their concert tickets? (VS ARASHI Translation Snippet)
[Spoiler (click to open)]So in the most recent episode of VS Arashi, the plus one guest was Kondo Masahiko--one of ARASHI's super senpais in the office. Now, prior to the Pinball runner, Mitz Mangrove reveals that he and Chris go to Johnny's concerts together. They watched NEWS together and will be watching V6 the next week. He said he tried to the death to get tickets for ARASHI but in the end, he wasn't able to. So he ended up buying their Hawaii DVD a week ago. Mitz even says that "I watched it until the helicopter disappeared." (meaning he watched til the very end).

Furthermore...before the game started (and after the typical "what do you think of ARASHI" + Matchy-san saying something about the JE sports activity a pain in the butt) , Matchy-san asks if Arashi orders their tickets to which they replied "We do." and Matsumoto-san further clarifies by saying: "We also don't have tickets." To which Aiba-san adds to with: "Even if it's us..." Matchy-san clarifies "Even if it's you guys you can't get them too?" Sakurai shakes his head and says "Muri muri" and Matsumoto-san is overheard with "We don't have them..."

This was something I was always curious of. I always had the image that they may have complimentary tickets--because after all it's THEIR concert but apparently not. They have to order and go through what Mitz called the deadly process of getting a ticket just like their fans...and I'm guessing Sakurai has tried to order tickets too considering how he shaked his head and repeatedly said 'muri' with more conviction than the other members. haha!

Minna no News - Ohno gets judged by a Monkey?

Image from KnH

I was watching snippets of the AraOme from Minna no News and I found it hilarious when Ohno-san was supposed to get a kiss from the monkey (cos it's his Zodiac year coming up) when the monkey seemed hesitant. And after the kiss, Ohno laughs and points at the monkey saying "The monkey's face is like "What's with this guy?" HAHAHA! Oh dear Monkey, you don't know how many fan-girls would love to be in your place.Haha

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Enoki Cheese (榎茸チーズ)Recipe Attempt - Tasty, but FAILED!

So, today as an appetizer of sorts, I decided to try an 嵐 recipe. Since enoki is popularly used as a condiment to nabe dishes, it was down to the typical butter-yaki (bata-yaki) or to have it tempura-style like the Ii Mise, Kudoi Mise at Tensuke. (This was the 2015 Higashiyama Episode, if I'm not mistaken).

So what I already had prepared prior to my epic fail:

  • Cheese and mushroom sauce. (The episode had plain cheese and garlic in the middle of the mushroom bunch. I had this chilled and ready to be piped in the middle of the enoki bunch)

  • Oroshii garlic (this is to be mixed into the sauce a few minutes before piping and frying)

  • Chilled tempura batter

  • Frying oil

So the only missing ingredient is...ENOKI! So time to prepare:

  1. I unnwrapped the two bundles of enoki I had;

  2. Cut off the bottom crumbly part. (You'll know it because it's the only part that isn't white. Cut around 1cm-2cm from the bottom)

  3. Wash the mushrooms of the little bit of dirt and this is where I failed. I started separating the stalks to make it clean. When I did that...I no longer have a bunch of mushrooms to pipe the cheese sauce in the middle prior to dipping in the tempura batter and frying.

So what happened instead?
I served plain enoki tempura with the cheese sauce drizzled all over. Imoto loved it but I couldn't help but imagine how much better it'd be if it were done according to recipe.

Enjoy - Matsumoto Jun's JWeb Blog, Vol. 128

I was pretty surprised when this was mentioned to me. I had no idea Matsumoto -san kept a blog. (I alwayshe'd be more of a photo book person not a...blogger type. XD) Anyway, when I read it I noticed frustration but not exactly suicidal.

coolohoh and I worked together with translating and we hope this makes you feel at ease: Jun's perfectly fine just a little stumped for the concert nothing serious. :-)

Waiting Game...

It's been a long and tough two weeks. SO MANY schedule changes in the uni to accomodate the class suspensions and cancellations due to weather. I'm glad things are progressing but the bumps in the road do get a little irritating when you've been running on minimal (or hardly any) sleep.

While relaxing with my favorite matcha soy drink, I realised two things:

  • I am horrible at delaying tactics.

  • I am impatient but oh my goodness, I am one happy pup when what I've been waiting for finally comes. (That applies to LJ communities, music videos I've been searching for or any files in general.)

Planning on posting two recipes inspired by ARASHI shows soon. I just need my internet working properly. (Downloading 5 PDF files from an email took me 1H45M)