Who's that girl?...

Hi there, I'm kind of new to livejournal.
Not so long time ago I created a livejournal, but due to my lazy nature I decided to delete it, 'cause I was sure I wouldn't have uploaded it.
This journal was born from the need of having a place 'real life friends free', in which I could speak about my interests without being judged.

I've got the disgrace of having  'Asian music/dorama/fashion hater' friends and parents who're desperate about my passion for Japanese culture and language.
Meaning...I have absolutely no one with whom to talk about those topics and it's driving me crazy, because, seriously, I feel like a part of me can't come out.X°D

Anyway, who am I?



I'm an Italian girl who studies foreign languages at the university in her hometown(namely French and English).
In October one of my dreams came true and I spent 3 months in Japan (Tokyo) to attend a short term language course in order to improve my almost inexistent Japanese skills.
Two years of studies and these are the results.Just great!XDDD
I got addicted to Japan (and South Korea) thanks to a documentary (sometimes Italian TV broadcasts useful shows, at least) and I enrolled in a Japanese language school soon after, for the happiness of my parents who haven't  recovered from the shock yet.


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The right decision part 2?XD

Just...How late I am?XD
I'm so slow that I've discovered only now that Akanishi is apparently going to LA, for 6 months.
Again.XD
(shit!I should have been there for a three months language course starting June, before Tokyo made its way through my heart.ARGH!XD)
Oh, Jin!How come I was expecting a piece of news like this?
I so felt it.
I just knew it, he was going back there in 2010.
I hope he attends another English course too.'Cause, seriously, he can do so much better than that.
Saying 'fuck', 'shit', 'bitch' in every single sentence is not that cool, and hearing those words in almost all of the songs starts to be boring after a while.Blame the Linguist inner me on that.XD
If he wants to be REALLY successful(meaning: he wants a LOT of people to listen to his songs and not only retarded American wannabes or 'blind' fangirls)he must get rid of that habit and work harder on the lyrics, which I highly hope will be checked by a good proof reader.His friends(or club buddies, or whatever you call them)are sure qualified, being native speakers and such...but they aren't PROFESSIONALS.

What can I say?KAT-TUN sure have a manager who's abusing weed.
The timing is just...Ugh!
I still have difficulties in understanding HOW the split can be a form of advertisement for the WHOLE group, and HOW an English singing solo artist can be an open door for the whole JAPANESE SINGING group he's part of.O_o
In the USA.In LA.XD
I am sorry to say this, but from a westerner point of view ASIAN POP ARTISTS don't stand a chance to have much success in the West.Unless they sing in English, bring something NEW(e.g: I wouldn't like a Justin Timberlake copy, when I have the original one who does an awesome job, yet) and maintain in a way their Japanese(or Korean, Chinese, Thai...)touch.Otherwise they'll be stuck to their original western fandom, which is - and will be for a long time - a niche.Language barrier isn't something you should underestimate.
Okay, I guess I lack the marketing knowledge to see objectively through this commercial move.

I won't say a thing about the people who started bashing Kamenashi because of Jin going solo.It's simply ridiculous to think that Kame is THE reason/cause for his band mate to go away.What would he gain from this?Really.He has his own career, which is quite too much hectic if you ask me.But if he keeps on having jobs(isn't it from last October that he is constantly working?That makes 2 years of work NON-STOP), even with Jin around, evidently he has enough popularity to survive in that world.

Despite all of those fans who vehemently affirm that Jin will be back in KAT-TUN, in October, I can't help but to think that it won't be the case.
IF he won't be successful in the States, he will pursue a solo career.I'm 95% sure of it.
He would have been included in the Asian tour, if it wasn't so.
And that 6 months Visa sounds more like a 'passport' to the USA.I wouldn't be surprised if he stayed in the States.
As many out there stated, Johnny is a business man.
He's not stupid, he can do very well his job and he owns probably 80% of the entertainment world in Japan.But he's not God.
If an artist doesn't want to work with him anymore, he can't force him and I don't think that a person like Jin, so interested in abroad activities, would be scared by eventual threats not to work in the Japanese entertainment anymore.

Well...Good luck to all of them.
I'll wait for scandalous pictures of Jin passionately ravishing some chick's lips.XD
Yes!That is my forbidden fantasy and I won't be happy until someone will grant this wish.XD
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'Olympos': opinion and attempted translations.(part 2)

And then, here it comes 勇気.I'd put it at the same level as 鼓動 in my top list.I like everything in this song.
The lyrics are so deep it was almost impossible, for me, to translate them.My favourites are in the intro.In spite of the angst, the first stanza is pure love.
As for the instrumental side, there's a part in which they mix piano-drums-guitar.Simply perfect.
I love the encouraging feeling delivered, and the strenght in Jin's voice when he sings ganbare yo, ganbare yo, with that bit of huskiness in the end, is lovely.

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Sankyuu is just LOL.Because of the ringing bells, at first I thought it was a Christmas song!XD
I'm not too fond of it, I don't dislike it but I don't like it either.
It's a happy song, instrumentally speaking(lyrics are another story).At last!I'll add.Too much angst isn't good for my health.

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The song I've liked the least is without any doubt Olympos, as I still have an hard time in trying to understand its meaning.:P
I don't like the lyrics nor the music.It's kind of a mess, to be honest, and it seems monotone.It's annoying.

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Last but not least BANDAGE.Brilliant.I think it's the perfect introduction for the movie.I've liked it since the first listening, and it has a special meaning to me,
since it has been the very first song I've sung in a karaoke.In Tokyo.
In addition, it has been the responsible of my almost death while crossing the infamous Shibuya kousaten(aka Shibuya crossing).XD Damn big screen!
This track has all the elements that make me love a song:
- Good lyrics
- Well composed music
- Nice vocals
- Awesome riffs
Plus, it's rock(ish)!And as I said, I can't resist it when it comes to rock music.
It's simply pure love, and it has been well completed by a PV that  despite being randomly random has its own sense(which I still fail to catch, though XD )and its own cuteness.

Wow!This is the longest post ever!
It took me three days to put this thing up, 'cause this crappy livejournal kept on canceling ALL and I kept on forgetting to save the post somewhere else.LOL
See ya! <3

P.s: in the first stanza of the song Olympos, there's a weird line > Ginsberg shy, go to Pittsburgh.That is, probably,  a reference to Allen Ginsberg comes to Pittsburgh by D.Newman. Not sure, though, so take this piece of info with a grain of salt.
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'Olympos': opinion and attemped translations.(part 1)

Yes!Finally, thanks topopsicalove , I was able to listen to 'Olympos' by Lands(aka Akanishi Jin&Takeshi Kobayashi).
What should I say...I expected something slightly different, to be honest.I think Jin's voice could have been used more, and they could have made his skills stand out more.So, for now, I wouldn't say that I loved the CD.I've liked it, though.Very much.
I find the lyrics more than good, and the music well composed.But I wouldn't have accepted less from someone like Kobayashi and his work team.
The whole CD has this 'amateur band' feeling, which seems to fit very well the story of 'Bandage'  as they describe it, and it's really 90's inspired.Good job!
The bad point is, in my opinion, the number of songs.7 songs(not counting the 2nd versions of '二十歳の戦争' and '元気')for a OST are few, they should have made at least 12, since it's an album.
I like Jin, I think that he has got a sweet and smooth voice and I'm always impressed by his ability to use what I consider a gift from nature.

I LOVE how he sings '二十歳の戦争', which is without doubt the favourite one out of all the songs in the Album.Both the lyrics and the music are terrific.The two of them combined bring a sense of sadness yet hope and love.
The intro and the refrain are particularly well done, and guitar/bass plus drums match beautifully(I find the pairing almost as perfect as the piano-guitar combo, my evergreen OTP :P )Jin's voice in it gives shivers with its gentleness, smoothness.
It's nothing more than a wishper and it touches your heart.BEAUTIFUL.
Even though I haven't watched the movie, I almost can see the scene in which this track will be played.I imagine a hard moment for the band, for Natsu, a moment of decisions and fights.

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What I love even more is the Y's edition of '二十歳の戦争'.So ethereal.

The song which gained the 2nd position in my list of favourites is '元気 perfect issue'.
It's a sweet song, very touching and full of feelings.It's an encouraging tune and I can't wait to understand why and when this song has been written.Impressive.
I'm a bit disappointed by Jin's voice, though.In some parts of the song, he seems to be in trouble carrying the tune, like when you get caught out of breath because of not breathing properly while singing.Understood what I mean?That's why  I said that his voice should have been used more.I don't complain much, anyway, he did a good job in it.
And the refrain is catching, I've spent the last two days humming and singing it.I think I'll put it at the same level as Yamaguchi Kumiko(teacher in Gokusen)'s 'Faito-oh!' when trying to pass an exam or whatever.

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The third favourite song of this album is '鼓動’.It's the most rock(ish)song(furthemore, it's really 70's) and being a fan of the old, good rock, I couldn't dislike it.The guitar riffs are amazing and I could listen to them for hours.Seriously.
It's a sad song, a bit depressing to be honest, but I can almost see the band playing 鼓動 in a little live house, full of bored people and smoke, and I have the sudden urge to go and listen to them.Although I think that a bit more strenght would have added something to the whole song, Jin's voice blends well with the instrumental part.

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Just because I felt pretty.

 
I can't believe it!This is my very first post about fashion!
Not really fashion, but...
Well, the other day/night a person was able to make me so upset I couldn't sleep.
I don't like it, when people judge my life and my personality.I am what I am, and I don't feel the need to change anytime soon.
I couldn't be too harsh with this person, because I didn't want to arise tension in our group but as a consequence I ended up being cranky.
To relieve my nerves I decided it was time to take care of myself, for once.
And that's how all started.
My diet.
The will of working out, finally.
And..
My crazy day of crazy shopping!
Since last week in my town it's time for winter sales, but I usually don't find anything of my liking during this period.
The shops tend to pass off old stocks as the bargains of the year, or they try to get rid of those really hideous outfits they weren't able to sell throughout the year.
That said, I wasn't expecting to buy THAT much and if my parents were reading this livejournal, I would beg their pardon for spending so much. I'm not a big fan of H&M, I think they have some cute goods but I don't have enough patience to go trough all the clothes they sell in there.
Maybe it was the morning air, or the lack of crowd, but I was able to take my time and this is what I found:

Yes, it's all black but I also saw a blue dress and I'm tempted by it... <3
Fortunately I was all alone in this expedition, because I seriously looked like I was possessed!XD
I don't know how many shirts, skirts and shoes I've tried on.
I'm sure the shop assistants were going crazy to follow me.
I kept on going in and out of the fitting room.
But I couldn't help it, I fell in love with Jimmy Choo collection for H&M.
There were interesting shoes too, but I couldn't find what a was looking for, unfortunately.
C'est à dire ces chaussures ci:



They don't look very comfortable, but they are BEAUTIFUL!
They aren't expensive.
I could be TALL with those.
I could reach 160 cm with them!
Now I long to own a pair of these shoes, and I'll check any single shoe shop to find something similar.I'm sure of it.
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Pissed.


Okay,  it's almost 3 a.m here, and I can't sleep at all.
I'm pissed, I've got this sudden urge to scream and to cry and to throw things.
I can't believe that ONE single person can be able to ruin all your day.
I can't believe to be so diplomatic to let this happen and I can't believe I wasn't as bitchy as I usually am, just for the sake of our 'group' of friends.
I'm seriously tired of being so understanding, and I'm tired of the childish attitudes of someone.

 
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Tomorrow is another day.

It's 23:30, in less than twelve hours I'll be on the airplane that will bring me to TOKYO.:D
I seriously can't wait.:)
I'll travel totally alone.There's no friends, no parents, no dogs.ANYONE.So boooring.I MUST talk with someone.I'm too talkative, I can't stay too long without saying any word.D: It's a violence for me!XD
Anyway, I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the poor soul who'll be sitting beside me.XD
I'll kill her/him with my never ending talks.XD
Naturally, like every good procrastinator, I'm still packing and wondering whether I forgot something or not.
I hope I'll be able to use my PC from there, for I'd like to update my lj and use skype/facebook/twitter to keep in touch with my friends.
I have my doubts though, it's too old.:/


Today I've found out the details about my host family.:D
I'll be living in Saitama, Akabane-nishi, Kita-ku.Sounds cool.:P
My host mom is 62, and my host dad is 63 but lives in China.
I was hoping for some cool, cute son but their 3 'children'(it was written like this :P) are all living by themselves.T__T
I'll be sharing the house with a Taiwanese guy too.
Apart from me, no one speaks English.XD
Great!XD
These months will be long, veeeeery long!XD


P.s: now, I'm 100% positive that GOD DOES EXIST, and he listens to my prayers!XD Why?Take a look and faint please!XD

Well, for today, it'is the end.
I better go to sleep or tomorrow my flight will fly without me.:P
I hope to write more from Japan.Knowing myself, I'll have a LOT to tell here.XD
And I mean it in a bad way.XD

Thoughts.

As every weekend of mine, yesterday I had to work.
I came home at 6 in the morning, slept for about 3 hours, and then woke up to the scent of freshly prepared coffee.
I'm a bit sleepy now, I have to admit that, but I got the sudden urge to update my lj.
I don't even know 'why'!XD
 
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Tokyo here I come.

I still can't believe it's true.
It has been almost 2 years since I started my Japanese classes, dreaming of going to Tokyo one day.
It still feels like a dream, but it's real and I'm glad of that.
I'm proud of myself too, since I was able to do everything by myself, seeing that in my town there's no chance you can find a safe agency which helps you planning a trip to JAPAN.:D
And so, I'm here, waiting for a journey I've been dreaming of since the fateful day I watched that documentary about Japan.
In a month I'll be taking off to Tokyo in order to attend a language course, in Shibuya.
I'll spend in the city almost 3 months, from october to december, and I can't wait for it.
This will be my first, real Travel.
I'll be completely alone, I'll have to struggle with the language, I'll have to solve the little problems I probably will face and I'll have to resist the urge to buy everything.:P
I love this.
I love this sense of freedom and responsibility.
And what I love the most is the idea of having my 25th birthday in the city that caught my heart.♥
 

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