If you enjoy games like Myst and Riven, take a crack at Cageling
. It's a good thing your prison is a luxurious rococo palazzo, because you'll probably be there for a while. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Unlike many cinematic exports, the Disney canon of films
distinguishes itself with an impressive dedication to dubbing
Through an in-house service called Disney Character Voices International
, not just dialogue but songs, too, are skillfully
re-recorded, echoing the voice acting, rhythm, and rhyme scheme of the original work to an uncanny degree
(while still leaving plenty of room for lyrical reinvention
The breadth of the effort is surprising, as well -- everything from Arabic
gets its own dub, and their latest project, The Princess and the Frog
, debuted in more than forty tongues
Luckily for polyglots everywhere, the exhaustiveness of Disney's translations is thoroughly documented online in multilanguage mixes
and one-line comparisons
, linguistic kaleidoscopes that cast new light on old standards. Highlights:
"One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali,"
and "A Whole New World"
) - "Circle of Life," "Hakuna Matata,"
(The Lion King
) - "Under the Sea"
and "Poor Unfortunate Souls"
(The Little Mermaid
) - "Belle"
and "Be Our Guest"
(Beauty and the Beast
) - "Just Around the Riverbend"
) - "One Song"
) - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo"
) - Medley
) - "When She Loved Me"
(Toy Story 2
) - Intro
posted by Rhaomi
on Nov 12, 2010 -
"The Japanese Tradition" was a series of nine short, parody "How To" videos that gently mocked the formality of Japanese culture, from comedy duo Rahmens
) and Japan Culture Lab. They're available on DVD,
but nearly all of them can be seen on YouTube, including Sushi
(tea). [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Aug 25, 2010 -
A lion stalks the plains. It spots an antelope. His lunch, it would seem, is assured, except for one thing. This antelope... can TRANSFORM
! It's another incredibly bizarre and awesome EYEZMAZE game. Click on the various parts of the antelope to make things happen, until he's safe from the predator's attack. [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on May 21, 2010 -
is recognisable to most in the West as an Abacus. Despite the prevalence of electronic calculators, the Soroban is still incredibly popular in Japan, with parents oft paying for private tutors to teach their children. The remarkable phenomenon of Flash Anzan
is observed after a few years of practice, when users no longer need a real Soroban and can work off an imaginary one.
posted by Biru
on May 6, 2010 -
Japanese Balloon Bombs
— "In 1944, during World War II, Japan launched a top secret project, nearly two years in the making, to send thousands of "balloon bombs" (called Fu-Go Weapons) to the United States. The goal of the attack was to create panic, forest fires, and show the United States that it could be attacked from afar. Each of the more than 9,000 balloon bombs launched towards the United States, over the course of several months, carried a 15 kilogram bomb that would detach from the balloon and explode on impact with the ground." On a Wind and a Prayer
. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 2, 2009 -
Cooking with Dog
is a fantastic Japanese cooking show on YouTube - but don't worry, they don't actually cook dogs. It's just that in Japan, an internet cooking show comprised of short videos of simple Japanese recipes just wouldn't be interesting unless it was narrated by a talking poodle. Katsudon
posted by billysumday
on Apr 12, 2009 -
is an AJAXy online Japanese-English dictionary. The list of matches auto-updates as you type. You can enter (or paste in) romaji, Kanji or kana, and use character maps for hiragana and katakana. Results can be bookmarked
. [more inside]
posted by kurumi
on Mar 26, 2009 -
29 year old Hiromi Uehara
first mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind. 4 albums later she continues to astonish and inspire. On February 3rd, she released the album Duet
, a collaboration with Chick Corea, having first played with Corea at age 17. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music
, Hiromi tours relentlessly
with her crack band. I defy your jaw not to drop at their performances here
, and here
. [more inside]
posted by Roach
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Kure Kure Takora
was a Toho
produced, short form children's television show from the Japan in the early 1970's.
Meet the Cast: Kure Kure Takora, aka Gimme Gimme Octopus;
his closest friend, the coin vomiting squash Chonbo
; jellyfish bully Tororo
, the sexy walrus who gets around; Debura
,the grizzled and world-weary badger; Biragon
, lazy trust-fund iguana; and last but not least, the picked on, Sea Cucumber Gang.
An exhaustive listing of videos for all 220 episodes, most with plot breakdowns. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall
on Jan 5, 2009 -
Phase — Mother Earth
, a piece created by Mono-ha artist Nobuo Sekine in 1968, has been re-created
Consisting of a hole dug into the ground, 2.7 metres deep and 2.2 metres in diameter, with the excavated earth compacted into a cylinder of exactly the same dimensions, Phase — Mother Earth was instrumental in the early development of work by the Mono-ha artist group, and has been considered a landmark work in Japanese postwar art history.
More about Mono-ha inside. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing
on Dec 3, 2008 -
- "the world's largest Japanese gadgets and lifestyle design shop." Viewable by color, theme, price, popularity, or brand.
posted by Manhasset
on Nov 26, 2008 -
"There's something very shabby about a noble grave... Political power and the power of wealth result in splendid graves. Really impressive graves, you know. Such creatures never had any imagination while they lived, and quite naturally their graves don't leave any room for imagination either. But noble people live only on the imaginations of themselves and others, and so they leave graves like this one which inevitably stir one's imagination. And this I find even more wretched. Such people, you see, are obliged even after they are dead to continue begging people to use their power of imagination." - Yukio Mishima
via Kashiwagi in The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
. On this, the anniversary of Mishima's transformation into a headless god, a collection of video links. [more inside]
posted by eccnineten
on Nov 25, 2008 -
In a series of sixteen advertisements screened in Japan, Tommy Lee Jones plays extraterrestrial 'Alien Jones', who has taken the form of a man to check on the world of humans, all the while drinking a Japanese brand of coffee named BOSS
. I have no idea how Tommy Lee Jones got talked into doing these advertisements, or why. And after watching them for yourself (1
), you probably won't either.
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 23, 2008 -
The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari) is a medieval Japanese account of the rise and fall of the Taira clan and has inspired many other works of art. Click on the chapters and scroll down to see Heike illustrations
(or start here
), see more art
inspired by the Heike. Would you rather read? [more inside]
posted by ersatz
on Nov 16, 2008 -
At One Minute Languages
you can learn greetings, talking about names, counting, and more in Catalan
, and Russian
posted by sveskemus
on Nov 11, 2008 -