Jul 22, 2016

PokemonGO ~ Late but will take over Japan ~ #worldexcersizepromotion


So as most of you know, PokemonGO game was super late to be released in Japan, even though Japan is the birthplace of Pokemon. It is not uncommon that we get things late but when I found this out it actually felt quite annoying and I was not the only one. Many other people here were saddened that almost all other countries were able to enjoy it before.


So I thought "thats neat" and wanted to try it out. I am not a big fan at all of iphone games at all. The screen is too small for me. I like to play games on the big screen. 

When I lived in Canada I played a game where you breed frogs, called pocket frogs. Since I like reptiles and amphibians it was the perfect game for me. It was a game where you breed different colours of frogs and combine them to make other types. You make a small habitat for them to live in. You can buy other rocks and plants etc, level up.

A few weeks ago a fan commented on a video and had one of these frogs as a DP, I thought thats soooooo neat!

Every other game I was interested in was on a computer. I rather play a game with a mouse than a finger or controllers, just me.


Since when I was a kid, pokemon was THE cool thing, and anyone else born in the 90s knows how famous it was in North America. In Japan everyone knows pokemon, they like the characters and think pokemon goods are cute, but surprisingly the number of people my age who actually actively watched pokemon is quite low.  In Canada it was a pandemic! The cool kids could name all 150 in a row. You played with little toys from walmart, I had maybe 30 different ones.

Anyways back to PokemonGO.   So, It finally comes in Japan and I go to download it. I have a Iphone4s (Grandma Mira). I don't know if thats the reason...but seeing as everyone around me can at least play it :'(.    It crashes, slow, freeze, GPS didn't even show where I was real time, and no pokemon for me :/   I got frustrated and deleted it. End of story.

My mom has been mailing me daily "you got it yet?" "you got it yet?" "why Japan no pokemon go?" "time to re-immigrate back to Canada". and other random things all 2 weeks.

She loves those interactive games, I remember when I lived in Canada and she got me to play farmville because she wanted someone to play with. She was the highest level you could go........rumour has it, she still plays.

Anyway, So I have lots of friends who are able to play it so I was lucky enough to hang out with them and they let me give it a try. To my surprise, 2 am theres TONS of people out playing.  Even at my restaurant a good chunk of customers playing, as many as 7 customers at a time :O

Now what do I think of the game after playing it?
Meh.
I mean, its cool but something I get bored of really fast. Catch, walk, catch, walk. Its just throwing ball. I feel it would be cooler if you actually battled that pokemon WITH your pokemon.

I also think the function where you can see it is cool, but it  always appears straight in front of you, and it would be more cool if it was super advanced and actually was programed with the surroundings you are in . Example, if theres awall, it jumps on it etc....but that would take lots of programing I know, and quite hard to do.

In good news though. PokemonGO is genious !


FREE EXCERSIZE PROMOTION

This world, all around, needs more fitness.

They say due to trains/cars/elevators/computers/stuff being so close
We don't move enough. And I am not talking about skinny vs fat. Because being skinny or fat doesn't make you fit or not. FYI, I am super unfit. I can't walk up 1-2 stair cases without getting tired, that is a serious sign of being unfit.

A game forcing you to walk long distances? EXCELLENT. Theres already people who have been posting how long they walked now vs before pokemon go etc. Businesses are also getting a boost. Because it attracts people to go out and walk, and maybe end up in front of a store with a hot spot. In Japan, its McDonald's is a major sponsor and it really does attract tons of people...even at 2am!


Well, In the future I want to get a Iphone6plus? Is that what its called *adjusts hearing aid*. And hopefully they make a update or something so you can battle or so, because I think that would be a cool feature. If so, Maybe I would reconsider downloading it.


Jul 6, 2016

It is YUKATA TIME ★ summer in Japan

It is that time of the year again
 
 
Yukata is a type of summer kimono that we wear in Japan. Long ago this used to be the common summer wear for those who lived in the southern regions of Japan, Today its only accociated with "summer".
 
Summer in Japan has 3 important things.
Matsuri, Hanabi, Obon.
 
Festivals in Japan occur all year, but its a typical summerish thing for festivals to go on. And to a summer festival, people wear Yukata.
 
Fireworks in Japan only happen in the summer time, and unlike some countries we don't light them off to commemerate special days like new years etc, but they are set off as just firework events, sponsored by big companies now, and has always been a part of traditonal culture accross Japan and China (for those who don't know, fireworks origin is china)
 
Obon is often called the festival of the dead. It is time of year where theres Obon festivals heald, and people dance around in a circle (people I mean mostly women), theres traditional folk songs, drums and occationally bingo.
Obon is also the time of year where you go visit the graves of your loved ones who died. Currently I don't have any one close to me whom is burried in Japan, so instead of doing "ohaka mairi", I buy some jelly bellys and have some black tea , to remind me of my passed on relatives.
 

 
 
This is me 5 years ago when I first moved to Tokyo. I am wearing the very first Yukata I ever got (still have), bought to me by my dear friends. I don't have that obi anymore because it is a "manual" obi that just sticks on there, it broke over time but I have since then bought a new pink obi to replace it.
 
Yukata is something every girl should have at least 2 different colours. I honestly think Yukata should be mandatory to attend a festival or fireworks, but maybe I am just too keen on keeping tradtions alive. Ever since a kid I though it was normal to do what you are supposed to do at events.  Costumes on Halloween, Dress up at events where costume is needed, wear a facy dress to a wedding or prom, wear the Japanese soccer team shirt at soccer game etc.

Showing up not dressed takes all the fun out of it. But thats just me. It is the way my mom raised me. That whole go big or go home attitude.


 In the last 5 years I have owned 4 Yukatas. Two of them I bought myself.
This one here <  I almost went broke off of. I miscalculated how much money was in my bank and left myself with 22$ to my name after this one....but it was so pretty I just had to!!!

The one at the top of the page I just bought less than a week ago. I am really happy with it.. It has black and orange so I don't need to re-buy any geta or hair accessories because I already have a bunch with those colours.

1 Yukata was bought for me, but no picture was ever taken. It was bought by one of my old English students to me 3.5 years ago, but it was WAYYYYYYY too big!

I never knew Yukata could come in such size. but apparently they do. It wasn't just the length, but the shoulders were almost double me! It was a shame because it was a nice pattern. The student bought it so suddenly, I didn't try it on or even know they bought it. They just brought it to the lesson so it couldn't be helped.  Rule of thumb, never buy a present for someone that they need to try on, otherwise it might not be good size ^^.


This summer I am kicking it off. I love summer. Love the hot weather. Beach, Hiking, Festival, Fireworks! This is the good life ^^

So anyway, for those who are interested in buying Yukata and knowing how to put it on, I have two videos I made ^^