I’ve been a big fan of Yanagi Nagi’s voice, as well as a long time fan of KEY. This Key Sound Label combination brought the best of two artists together for a CD only rivaled by Love Song (also Key Sound Label) and Supercell! The music has a combination of slow and fast songs, carefully placed with stories that focus on “end of the world scenarios and relationships”. Each story at first seem unrelated, but with the songs simple lyrics, it leaves a lot of interpretation. Hidden mysteries lie hidden within each song and how all the songs may be part of the same time line.
I highly recommend this CD to Yanagi Nagi (Supercell) and Key Sound label (Angel Beats!, Kanon, Clannad, AIR, Planetarian, Little Buster) fans. The CD comes with Japanese, Chinese, Korean and ENGLISH lyrics! You know they really care and recognize their international fans when they do something as rare as this. I got the special edition so it comes with all the music videos for the songs that have them, and they’re really great! However, there are slight errors in translations, but it doesn’t change the fact they are trying to expand to their fans overseas.
Just like how there are many types of hot pot there are just as many types of Okonomiyaki and I got to try them all today in Gifu! Monjayaki was the most unique one because it comes out wet and mixed and is eaten just as it is basically with a bit of heat which only helps to cook and stick the pieces together. I, however, still prefer the original solid type! I tagged along to Gifu today, a 2 hour drive, to meet up with my friend’s old friends.
Nothing like a good old fashion nabe party to remind you that you’ve been doing it all wrong for years. To my knowledge, there are 4 types of hot pot that are popular in Japan. First there is Shabu Shabu, which comes with a choice of soups, and dips for your mix of meat and veggies. There is nabe, which uses a nabe pot and is made up of smaller ingredients, including meat and veggies, but nothing from Sukiyaki and Oden. Oden comes with the usual veggies, eggs, and Chikuwa and a variety of other strange ingredients including tofu. Sukiyaki is similar but more simple and more like a stew. For the past years I’ve been doing all of them at the same time, but that divides the taste and that is a terrible thing because each of these flavours are completely different from one another. This is the result of a perfect nabe with 2 other native Japanese friends!
December was a busy month! I go to visit a lot of new and old places, but with the backdrop of this season’s greeting. Last year I celebrated Hatsumode at Meiji Shrine and this year I celebrated at Osu Kannon Temple.