Flower Travellin’ Band–Hiroshima
Osamu Kitajima – Masterless Samurai
I’ll try to add a Joji Hirota Wheel of Fortune video to Youtube soon…
“Since first being unleashed on unsuspecting American cinephiles last summer, this 1977 Japanese haunted-house movie has erupted into a cult phenomenon whose utterly uncategorizable mixture of Grand Guignol, kiddie TV, psychedelia, and softcore nymphetphilia has had critics grasping for comparisons (a few examples: “An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento” “RINGU on a Pixy Stix-fueled hug-a-thon” “Sid and Marty Krofft meet Salvador Dalí”).”
Text from the Gene Siskel Film Center
Listening to the koto parts and the and disco/funk/soul bass and timing, it sounds like Robert Smith listened to a lot Hiroshima while making the classic 1980s Cure albums, especially with songs like Kyoto Song, the Walk, and most of all Lullabye.
Okay, so searching Yahoo Answers for how to watch Japanese TV for free online, some sites mentioned are http://www.gyao.jp, http://www.crunchyroll.com, and http://www.veoh.com. Anyone want to give more background/explanation? For example the gyao.jp site is all in Japanese…for non-Japanese speakers/readers, where do you find the online TV shows? There were some videos with play icons, I clicked one, and an online form came up…with all the form fields in Japanese. Are there a few easy fields to fill out to watch Japanese shows online for free? For veoh, you have to download additional software…is it worth it, does it work well?
What are some good Japanese dramas/sitcoms to watch to learn Japanese? I would prefer not to watch just anime, variety shows, and music videos, which seem to come up a lot on searches for these sites. Please leave reviews/tips in the comments.
Here’s a list of some Japanese news and music programs online. For example, it’s easy to start watching Japanese news online at the Fuji News Network site at http://www.fnn-news.com/en/index.html or the Yomiuri site at http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/stream/.
A for-pay alternative might be something like getting the TV Japan channel via cable or satellite TV such as on Comcast in the US…