Archive for March, 2013

Mar 12 2013

Hello! Project Songs of Spring

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I’ve seen a few cherry blossoms start blooming, and that means it’s time for Spring songs! Spring has some slightly different connotations in Japan than it does in the West. It is the season of the much beloved cherry blossoms (lord knows Japan loves their sakura) and new beginnings, yes, but it is also the season of graduation and sad partings. Even the sakura themselves only make a brief appearance before falling from the trees, serving as a poignant metaphor for the fleeting and temporary nature of all things. Still, perhaps no season is as loved and celebrated in Japan as Spring. I think “bittersweet” is the perfect word to describe it. Some of these songs reflect the sweet side, others the bitter, and others a combination of both. Enjoy!

~Celestia~

PS. You know what’s wrong with new Up Front soloist “Tasaki Asahi”‘s name? “Asahi” is a very popular brand of beer in Japan. Isn’t that kind of like naming your kid “Budweiser”?

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Mar 07 2013

Rolling Days

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Just as I was getting back into blogging, I was given a huge distraction in the form of Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS. One of the most addicting and frustratingly challenging games I’ve ever played! You get attached to the characters, but then if one of them dies in battle they’re permanently dead. Gone! So there’s really nothing to do but turn it off and try the stage again.

Anyway, just a quick note on Tasaki Asahi (what a weird name). Have you checked her out? I’m really into her song “Rolling Days”. Now Asahi isn’t technically in Hello! Project, but she’s participating in the satoyama movement, and she performed at the h!p winter concerts. I’m hoping she’ll be officially moved over to h!p, and I’d welcome her with open arms. She’s like a much more talented version of Mano Erina, though she looks like a mix of Dawa and Eripon. Here she is performing.

 

~Celestia~

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