Kaomoji (^_^) — Japanese emoticons (^ 0 ^ )/

The Japanese people love to use emoticons, kaomoji, in texts, emails and chatting. They are even used in manga too.
Here are the examples. Just know that kaomoji are horizontal!

Smile(^_^), Laugh(^ o ^), Wink(^_-), Shy(*^_^*), Blushed(#^_^#), Cry(T_T), Cry(T o T), Lost(*_*),Confused(@_@), Sorry(prostrating) m( _ _ )m.

Since hiragana, katakana and kanji can be used to create faces, the variations of kaomoji are numberless.

For Kaomoji lovers, using them just on computers and cell phones are not enough! They want to use them on papers too!
So a Japanese company released an outrageous product for them.

It’s called “Kaomoji Dial Stamp” and there are 20 kinds of signs on it to make over 2000 kaomoji.

Since I have weakness for such nonsense products, I bought and used it right away!


In the box there are the stamp and a piece of paper shown kaomoji examples.

Mmm…I only know a couple of them.

(T_T) “Crying”
m(_ _)m “I’m sorry (prostrating)”

Turn the each serrated dial and make face.

These are how they look.

This stamp is sold well in Japan but I wonder when and how people use this.

You can make your original face and put on anything anywhere you like!
Tell your feeling with this stamp (^o^)/

From Japanstyle2010

http://www.japanstyle.info/

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Weekly castle picture from Japanese Castle Explorer no1

The first thing I’d like to do is to say a big thank you to the Gaijin life blog for the opportunity for me to do what I love doing, and that is talking about Japanese Castles.
Who am I? I’m Daniel O’Grady of the Japanese Castle Explorer website
I’m an Aussie and have been living here in Japan since 2001.

Well, the cherry blossoms are blooming all over Japan right now, and I was lucky enough to get myself to Kurume Castle just the other day. The city of Kurume is located in Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu and interestingly, it is also the home of Brigestone tire company.

Little remains of Kurume Castle today, just sections of its stonework and moat. No matter its current state, the castle ruins look stunning with its flowers of Spring, under the blue sky.

!!First ever Gaijinlife contest!!

Ok everyone! I’m lunching the first ever Gaijinlife contest

Starting March 26th  2010, till April 5th  2010 I will be giving away 5 TokyoTeleport plus app for iPhone, iTouch or iPad

For more info on the TokyoTeleport app check out my review about the App here:

TokyoTeleport review


The contest is really easy and open the every one!

First

All you have to do is make sure you follow me on twitter

@agaijinlife

After you made sure you’re following me

tweet to all your friends:

http://gaijinlife.com is giving away the best Tokyo app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad! @TokyoTeleport @agaijinlife  #contestgaijinlife

MAX one tweet a day

The contest will end on the 31st of March at 12:00 am GMT-05:00

Good luck to everyone!

The best Japanese dictionary App

The best Japanese dictionary App
I did a post about must have applications for iPhone and iTouch back a month ago and a recent version on GaijinPot, but someone pointed out to me that there was a dictionary App out there that was killing all Japanese dictionary out there! And he was right!!!


The App is called Kotoba and the best thing about it is that it is free!! Yes you don’t get that a lot especially for a dictionary app as complete as that one! You heard me right FREE.

Since this App blew me away I did the first ever Gaijinlife youtube video click here for it:

So in this video I will walk you trough Kotoba showing you this App sweet features.
I really hope you will like the video. Dont be shy and tell me what you think about this first video.

Probably tomorrow or at the latest Wednesday I will have a post and video dedicated on the best Tokyo App ever

TokyoTeleport and the TokyoTeleport plus!

Be sure to check it out!

Yugo

Coming soon to gaijinlife

Coming soon to gaijinlife

Post about Tokyo Teleport App for iPhone and iTouch

Post about skateboarding  in Japan

The weekly Japanstyle2010  post

and many more good ones!

Tokyo Teleport for iPhone and iTouch

I recently posted a version of  my iPhone and iTouch must have app’s for Japan on the website GaijinPot

(post available here)

So not long after I got contacted by the guy’s from:

http://hoodhottravel.com/

Hood Hot Travel are the brains behind wonderful App like : China Taxi Guide, Chef Tour and the new baby” Tokyo Teleport and the plus version”. So they go me really exited about their famous ‘‘new baby”. I had to test it out. They gently and kindly gave me a copy of the 2 version so I could  check out, try it and review it.

So here we go!

Tokyo Teleport and Tokyo Teleport plus are the new kid’s on the block, in the Japan iPhone and iTouch app scene.

But don’t be fouled by the therm kid, because they are here to whip some big boy’s out of the game!

Since I started living and working in Japan or even when I just went on a trip to foreign land, I would have loved to have the budget to bring on my personal guide. You know not just a pre-made tour that suites 1/2 of  your interest and 1/2 makes you want to kill your self. A real guide that knows all and all that I like. One that let’s me see and experience what I want.

Take a hold to your self because now with the technology and the wonderful invention that is the iPhone or iTouch you can!

And Tokyo Teleport is just that! You now own your  personal tour guide, and I could even say much more than that. It Is a video tourist guide that not only tells you where to go it literally show’s you.

Ok Now let’s go in those App in more details:

First we need to determine which one is the one for you

pretty easy if you are in Tokyo or going to Tokyo you need the plus version ( I will get into the plus version a bit further in the post)

If you are not in Tokyo but you’re a fan of this wonderful city and want to learn more interesting stuff the TokyoTeleport version is the one for you.

TokyoTeleport

In this version you will be able to learn more about Tokyo, how will you do that simple:

The app features includes:
More than 50 venue reviews
Over 150 high-quality photos
20+ TokyoTV Travel Videos
5 HoodHot Maps

With all those tools you will be able to enjoy the heart beat of the megapolis that is Tokyo!

I must say for having played with this App for a week now it is wonderfully constructed and the idea behind it is mind-blowing. It is a really simple App to use and anyone can understand it in a heartbeat. The videos are addictive and if you love Tokyo or Japan you will literally fall in love with this app. The quality of the videos and the App is wonderful, but if you are going or are in Tokyo you would need to get the big brother version.

That version is called the TokyoTeleport plus

Personally I think all the fun starts in the plus version of course I live in Tokyo so for me it does come handy.

In this version in addition to the TokyoTV segments and all the features from Tokyo Teleport, Tokyo Teleport Plus incorporates a detailed guide of the city, including offline HoodHot Maps, suggestions based on the time of day and GPS, WalkCasts that walk you through Tokyo’s streets to the front door of over 50 venues, and detailed guides that explain the best way to experience the awesome things featured on the show.

Since I got this app I did rediscovered new parts of Tokyo, Yes I’m not kidding! There were a lot of places that I have eared about but never really had the chance to check out. Seeing the videos motivated me to actually go there and experienced it my self.

Can you imagine that! It is what I was talking about, your personal tour guide! You got to love it! I do!!!

With its GPS enable feature you get venues close to you and according to the time it is.

Tokyo Teleport Plus is packed full of content, with over two hours of TokyoTV and WalkCast footage showcasing Tokyo’s hottest venues.
Here are some of the features that you will have on the Plus version:
Over 150 Venue Reviews
More than 500 high-quality photos
50 TokyoTV Travel Videos
45 WalkCast Videos
15 HoodHot Maps for Offline Mapping
GPS Teleport Tab – location specific suggestion machine

Here you can check out these video’s from The Hoodhottravel team

For me the 2 App get 10 out of 10 and are a must buy

I love all the functions in the two versions and I truly which I had more time to really go everywhere the plus version could bring me but for that i will take me more time, I guess it  will be over it around next year. But everywhere I when was so cool and I loved it!

I’m going to leave you with pictures of This super App

A new Karate Kid movie!

Karate Kid (2010)

I must say when I saw that title on youtube as a 2010 trailer, it kind a hit me. I know we are in the age of remake movies and sometimes I can not say it’s bad. There is a lot of remake that are really good or that have a lot of potential. So seeing the title Karate Kid made me go back in my childhood memories, think about Mr Miyagi. So a remake of this movie got me a bit exited, I thought about maybe new angles on Japan, nice pictures and images selection and a some what good story line or moral that the old version had.

Remastered original movie cover picture


But the world of hope I created in my mind with those 30 seconse of seeing the title got destroyed, torn a part and broken  in millions of pieces when I did press play.

The trailer started and you see a young boy leaving with is mom to China.

Ok Let’s stop there first: ”China?? Karate is Japanese it does have Chinese origins but still it is Japanese.”

”Ok ok what if there is a Japanese sensei so let’s go keep it going!”

The little boy end’s up getting beaten by some Chinese class mate or from a school not far from his, a bit much like the original Karate kid, and like in the original a sensei pop’s in and save the boy. ”That part is much like the real Karate kid”

Then comes the final blow,the one that killed me  for good

The sensei say’s ”I’ll teach you real Kung Fu!!!!”

WHAT??? Humm Is the title of the movie kung-fu kid or Karate Kid, did I miss read or something???

Here is the trailers if you would like to witness what im talking about

The original Karate Kid

And

The latest you got it all wrong Karate Kid

How come people can be feed so much non sense? I know movie are Hollywood creation but a remake is a remake do it right or just leave the classic in its grave or at lest in its VHS copy. This movie still has the potential to be a fun movie to watch plus the quality of the images are really nice, since China as so much beautiful land scape. But please respect things, Karate is Karate and Kung Fu Kung Fu.

I really don’t enjoy doing  post like that one, but I did have to share it with you all. And don’t get me wrong I totally respect any practitioner of any martial art in the world, I am my self a Kendo-ka and a traditional Japanese Jujutsu partitioner but this is wrong.

I leave you from a quote from MR Miyagi and Daniel San from the Original Movie

Daniel: What kina belt do you have?à

Mr Miyagi: Jc peny G19