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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hedo Misaki (Cape Hedo)

North of Nago, Okinawa Honto is only scarcely populated and mainly covered by forests and hills. Cape Hedo (辺戸岬) is the island's northernmost tip, offering spectacular views of the cliffy coast.

The main approach to Hedo Misaki leads along the western coast, where, halfway between Nago and the cape, there is a hiking trail to the Hiji Waterfall and a JAL resort hotel around Okuma Beach.


The less direct approach to Hedo Misaki along the more scenic, less developed eastern coast is recommended due to its beautiful coastal scenery. However, in order to explore the eastern coast, you will need your own transportation, such as a rental car, because there is no scheduled bus service along the eastern coast to Hedo Misaki.


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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lake Hamanako (浜名湖)

Hamanako (浜名湖) is a large lake at the Pacific Coast of western Shizuoka Prefecture. Originally a fresh water lake separated from the ocean, Hamanako got connected to the ocean as a result of an earthquake in 1498 and its water turned salty. The majority of Hamanako's attractions are concentrated around the Kanzanji Onsen, a hot spring resort on an inlet along the lake's eastern shores.

It was not until the late 1950s that Kanzanji Onsen's hot spring was drilled and a town with various tourist attractions grew around it. Although Kanzanji Onsen does not have the traditional atmosphere of a more historic onsen town, it does offer an attractive range of baths with views onto the lake. Most of the baths are found in the town's hotels and ryokan, and many are accessible not only to staying guests but also to daytrip visitors for a small fee.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

[Album Review] FAKY - "Unwrapped" + Autographed Poster Giveaway

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Unwrapped is the third mini album released by FAKY but their first physical release. It will be released in three editions: a CD version, a CD+DVD version, and a CD limited version that is sold only at live events. The mu-mo version includes a signed poster from FAKY as a first press/external bonus. This mini album also marks their major debut which is very exciting!

The one I'll be reviewing is the iTunes version since it came out a week earlier than the CD release (I bought the CD/CD+DVD too). It comes with a total of 6 tracks plus one bonus remix track.




Keep Out
The song that everyone has been waiting for is now finally released in it's full version. This song was used for the "FAKY is Back" teasers. What I like the most about this song is that everyone is singing at a more higher note. The instrumentals is what makes this song so catchy, especially in the chorus.

Candy
Probably FAKY's most popular song so far, Candy is an up and popping song with amazing dance moves. Their singing is full of confidence in this track and with Lil' Fang's high and long notes to top it off in the bridge of the song.

Are You OK?

This was an instant favorite when I heard it on the Candy EP. They way it was sung had a tropical vibe to it, I loved the high notes in the chorus and edm beat as it makes you feel like dancing.

Surrender

Surrender has a very 2000s pop feel with a touch of EDM as well. I'm going to be honest it's one of my least favorite track from them along with You but it has it's catchy parts here and there.

Bad Things
Probably my favorite new track from them! It's a song I could probably see someone like Fifth Harmony sing. This is probably one of their more western sounding tracks due to the type of instrumentals this has as well as how the song is sung with a lot of English. Either way, it's a song I'll be jamming to for a while.

Someday We'll Know

I love songs that have a light instrumentals such as this because you can really focus on the amazing vocals, especially FAKY's. The chorus has an uplifting beat even though track it may seem sad during the rest of the song.

Candy (Maria Remix)

I love how they were able to change a very pop and high energy song into a heartfelt song that gave me goosebumps! The song doesn't really have a large beat drop which I like because the original song was already poppy so to have a somewhat slow version of candy was nice to listen to.

Please support FAKY by buying the mini album either on iTunes or on CDJapan. CD version/CD+DVD version

Now to the giveaway, since I bought both versions of Unwrapped on mu-mo shop, I'll be getting two autographed posters so I thought I would give one away! This is a United States only giveaway, I would love to have had it an international giveaway but I'm already spending a lot to ship FAKY's Fan Book to Japan. Everything is down below.

Faky Mini Album "Unwrapped" Autographed Poster Giveaway
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Sushi (すし)

Sushi (すし) is the Japanese preparation and serving of specially prepared vinegared rice (鮨飯i) combined with varied ingredients such as chiefly seafood (often uncooked), vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits. Styles of sushi and its presentation vary widely, but the key ingredient in all cases is the sushi rice, also referred to as shari (しゃり), or sumeshi (酢飯).
Sushi can be prepared with either brown or white rice. It is often prepared with raw seafood, but some common varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients, and many other sorts are vegetarian. Sushi is often served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. Daikon radish is popular as a garnish.
Sushi is often confused with sashimi, a related Japanese dish consisting of thinly sliced raw meat or fish and an optional serving of rice. Sashimi is served as slices, unlike sushi, which is served as rolls.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館)

Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館) is the symbol and main attraction of Dogo Onsen. The charismatic bath house was built in 1894 during the Meiji Period. Its wooden interior is a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, usually bustling with activity by staff and guests. Dogo Onsen Honkan is said to have served as inspiration for the award-winning animated film "Spirited Away" by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.


The Honkan offers two gender-separated, old-fashioned public baths made of stone. The main bath on the first floor is called Kami no Yu (Bath of the Gods), while the smaller but more distinguished Tama no Yu (Bath of the Spirits) is on the second floor. Large communal tatami rooms on the second floor and smaller private rooms on the third floor provide bathers with space to rest and enjoy a snack. Four different admission plans provide visitors with varying levels of access to the Honkan's facilities.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Yamadera (山寺)

Yamadera (山寺) is a scenic temple located in the mountains northeast of Yamagata City. The temple grounds extend high up a steep mountainside, from where there are great views down onto the valley. The temple was founded over a thousand years ago in 860 as a temple of the Tendai sect under the official name Risshakuji. Its popular name, Yamadera, literally means "mountain temple" in Japanese.

The base of the mountain is located about a five minute walk from the Yamadera train station, and there are dozens of shops and restaurants that cater to the temple's many visitors. There is also a small visitor center just across the bridge along the way from the station to the temple


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

FAKY's Major Debut: Fan Book Project (Updated: June 13th)

Update (6/13): The FAKY fanbook arrived! I can't wait for FAKY to see it, I'll probably ship it either tomorrow or Thursday.

Update (6/7 part 2): I have created a PDF link where you guys can view the book. I have blur/blocked off photos that had your selfies for privacy. I kinda suck at graphic design so the book layout is pretty ugly but I tried my best XD 

FAKY FANBOOK PDF

Update (6/7): I have ordered the booklet and it should arrive June 13. I will have the book shipped to Japan either June 14 or 15. Thank you so much to everyone who have participated in the fan book project. I'm not sure if you guys want to see the PDF now, if you do please comment below or if you want your message/photo blurred.

Update: (6/6): I'm close to finishing up the book on inDesign, I just have to wait for a few people who want to finish up their fan art for the book.



Update (6/2): Thank you to everyone who has participated in sending awesome messages and fan arts for this fan book. I've gotten over 30 entries and I'm so happy that I was able to get that many. Currently I'm composing everything on inDesign and then it will be professionally printed by Office Depot. If for any reason you weren't able to participate in time, you got until June 5th at the latest. Below you will see the finalized front cover design for the fan book!


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tempura (天ぷら)


Tempura (天ぷら) are pieces of lightly battered, deep fried seafood and vegetables. Introduced to Japan during the 16th century by the Portuguese in Nagasaki, tempura has developed over the centuries into a popular Japanese dish both inside and outside of Japan. Tempura can be found in many types of restaurants across the country, where it is commonly served as a main dish, side dish or as a topping for tendon rice bowls, or udon and soba noodle dishes.



天ぷらは軽く虐待、揚げ海産物や野菜の一部です。長崎のポルトガル人によって16世紀に日本に導入され、天ぷらは国内外の両方の日本の人気皿に何世紀にもわたって開発しました。天ぷらは、それが一般的に、メインディッシュ、サイドディッシュとして、または腱ライスボウル、またはうどんとそばの麺料理のためのトッピングを務めている国、全体のレストランの多くの種類で見つけることができます。

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