Wednesday, March 28, 2007

A selection of Japanese music tracks on

Über-awesome music website recently re-introduced full-track streaming (and sometimes also mp3 downloads) for certain artists in its catalog. As those "golden" tracks are usually quite hard to find, I've done some deep digging, and compiled a list of the best full Japanese tracks available. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Weblio beta

Weblio logo I've just discovered Weblio, an online Japanese meta-dictionary with a cheesy name, which includes results from over 200 dictionaries and encyclopedias. Yup, that's two hundred. The site has a bit a bare-bones look, but there's some serious power under the hood if you click around and try a couple of queries. Fast response time is another plus point. And there's a thesaurus too.

The site provides instructions how to add this fine service to your browser's search box. I don't know if it's going to replace my Eijiro install, but so far, I like it a lot.

Monday, March 12, 2007

80s commercials

I just bumped into this fantastic collection of Japanese commercials from the 80s, uploaded by YouTube user Poronko. Sneak preview below.

N.B.: In the video above, don't miss the public service announcement about the Northern Territories around the 06:36 mark (02:42 if you count down).

Monday, March 05, 2007

Going all ~

There's something ~-ish going on in many Tokyoites' Flickr photo streams these days... Look for instance at this, this or this... A view from inside, curvy stairs, an outside wall.

I'm talking of course about the mind-bending curves of the recently opened National Art Center. This TAB venue page has everything you need for a visit.