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おおきに! Ta!

We are watching a movie on TV Japan.  It has very good subtitles–obviously done by a professional, but for some reason every time someone says, 「おおきに」 (thank you) it just says “Ta.”  It has kind of bugged us since they say 「おおきに」 quite a lot.
We can’t figure out what “Ta.” is supposed to be.  That is a capital ‘T,’ a lower case ‘a,’ and a period.
Like I said, other than that, the subtitles are excellent.
Anyone have an idea what ‘Ta.’ could mean?

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Tomorrow's 紅白 Report

Every year NHK (the national TV network) broadcasts one of the (if not the) most popular programs all year–the 紅白 kouhaku.  This annual New Year’s Eve event pits female musicians against those of the male variety.  One team is red (紅) and the other white (白) hence the name.
Admittedly, I know very little about popular music today in Japan.  So I’m going to make a point of learning as I watch 紅白 tomorrow.
I am excited to see The Boom (ザ・ブーム) is playing 島歌 shima uta (not to be confused with シマウマ (親父ギャグ (笑))).  The Boom is a group that mixes Okinawan and Brazilian sounds.  Some of their earlier work is simply amazing.  I think 島歌 shima uta is my favorite of their recordings–and it probably is their most famous song.
You can see the lineup of artists here.
I’m thinking I will start a thread at TJP dedicated to ‘blogging’ about the program while it is taking place. If you are able to watch 紅白, please stop by TJP and let us know what you think of Ayu’s dress or–if you want to be particularly cruel–her singing style.
* Turns out TV Japan (how I can watch the show in Florida) isn’t real-time… I’ll be an hour behind so scratch that idea. 🙂

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Tomorrow’s 紅白 Report

Every year NHK (the national TV network) broadcasts one of the (if not the) most popular programs all year–the 紅白 kouhaku.  This annual New Year’s Eve event pits female musicians against those of the male variety.  One team is red (紅) and the other white (白) hence the name.

Admittedly, I know very little about popular music today in Japan.  So I’m going to make a point of learning as I watch 紅白 tomorrow.

I am excited to see The Boom (ザ・ブーム) is playing 島歌 shima uta (not to be confused with シマウマ (親父ギャグ (笑))).  The Boom is a group that mixes Okinawan and Brazilian sounds.  Some of their earlier work is simply amazing.  I think 島歌 shima uta is my favorite of their recordings–and it probably is their most famous song.

You can see the lineup of artists here.

I’m thinking I will start a thread at TJP dedicated to ‘blogging’ about the program while it is taking place. If you are able to watch 紅白, please stop by TJP and let us know what you think of Ayu’s dress or–if you want to be particularly cruel–her singing style.

  • Turns out TV Japan (how I can watch the show in Florida) isn’t real-time… I’ll be an hour behind so scratch that idea. 🙂
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Retail Me Not for TheJapanShop.com

I’ve been using RetailMeNot.com for finding pizza coupons for some time now. Today I noticed our store had a page there with a few recent coupons up! These coupons are really only for Newsletter subscribers, but I’m thrilled to find us there. Maybe I’ll post ‘secret-retailmenot-only’ coupons there. 🙂
RetailmeNot.com (theJapanShop.com page)
I had noticed that several people were still using the October $5 off coupon (I actually set it to end in December, I think) well into November.  I just thought people were still checking their newsletters from the previous month–which seemed a little odd.  But now I’m sure it was RetailmeNot.com.  Mystery solved.

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Test Post from my Phone

I just found this WordPress application for the iPhone and thought I’d give it a go.
As you can see it works perfectly. I can say this with a certain degree of confidence; if it doesn’t work, no one will see it anyway.

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Updating theJapanesePage.com

I haven’t had much blogging time less because of the baby but more because of our updating theJapanesePage.com. (the baby sleeps a lot!)
At the beginning of this year, we moved the site to a new server and did major upgrades. However, many things went wrong and the upgrades turned out to be very haphazard at best. The cause of most problems was my lack of understanding Drupal, the CMS the site currently uses. After almost a year, my knowledge of how Drupal works is good enough to begin an upgrade to the newest version.
So we (the admins) decided to start literally over. We have built the site from ground up; every article has been or will be moved and polished individually. As soon as the forum is integrated and moved, we will turn the proverbial switch and that will become the new–and very much improved–TJP.

I can’t express how much nicer the new site will be. I’ve been so disappointed at how the current site was thrown together. The new version will be organized much better. Updates to come–and I’m back to work!

We will go to the hospital today for the first weighing and checkup. Will update that too!

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