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Tumbling Ep 08 - Notes of Doom

It's been a while since we last posted, but we're back again! ^_^

This time we're bringing you another episode of Tumbling! Yay!

There aren't may notes this time, but the ones we have are all over the map. lol Enjoy!

Enka – Style of Japanese music that resembles traditional music, most popular among older people.

Below we've posted a video of a performance of Jero's. Jero is an American who's managed to make it big in Enka. For more on Jero and the cultural significance of Enka, we recommend reading this article. It also has a translation of the lyrics for the song in the video.

Jero – Umiyuki

Kappa – Mythical creature said to inhabit ponds or rivers that enjoys playing tricks on people and eating small children. Oddly, this creature's greatest weakness is it's manners. It has a shallow, dish-shaped impression on it's head that must be kept filled with water. The water allows it to stay on land. However, because it is a polite creature, if you bow to one it will bow back, spilling the water. This forces it to go back into the pond, river, lake, etc. it came from.

"You just said Nippori, didn't you?" - Nippori is accusing Hino of acting arrogantly towards him because Hino failed to use a suffix on his name.

"mechanical dolls" / "karakuri" - The word "karakuri" refers to a trick mechanism, like in a puzzle box or machine. It is often used to refer to dolls, "karakuri ningyo," which were created in Japan from the 17th through 19th century. They are capable of amazing things like serving tea, writing calligraphy, and shooting a bow and arrow. They were used in the home as novelties, but they were also used on stage and in festivals. They have influenced, and been influenced by, traditional Japanese theater forms such as Kabuki and Noh.

All of the narration in the following video is in Japanese, but you don't need to understand it to see how amazing this doll from the 19th century is. It was made by the man who founded Toshiba, and was lost to Japan, taken out of the country, at the end of the Edo period (mid-1800's). The men in the video searched for years and finally found it in 1993, in America. After buying it, they refurbished it and got it back into working order. The wooden disks they show you in the base of the figure, the shape of them, are what create the life-like movement in the doll. In case you're wondering, the character is "kotobuki," traditionally written to express congratulations and wishes for long life and prosperity.

This video is of a replica of a famous doll from the 19th century.

J-league/J-leaguer – Japanese soccer league and players


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
thank you<3
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
btw do you guys able to open d-addict??
i can't open the website at all today:(
it said
This domain name expired on Oct 27 2010 03:48PM
Oct. 30th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Try running a spy-ware scan. That should help.
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
thak you very much, kappa sounds like a fun little creature, tricks and children eating, lovely.
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Oct. 30th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
thanks sooooooooooooooooo mouch
i love you girls <3
Oct. 30th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing this!~:D
Oct. 30th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
thanks~ <333
Oct. 30th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Love and lollipops! Thank you!
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Time for Tumbling again! Thank you! ^_^
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for all of your hard work!! <3
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the new episode of Tumbling, it is such a fun series, one of the best ones I have watched in a long time and I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying your wonderful subbing work on this series, you are doing a great job. ; )
Nov. 1st, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
thank you
Nov. 1st, 2010 11:12 am (UTC)
thank you<3
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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