Please click the pictures to enlarge them!! So pretty.
By the way, this is a guy. The majority of kabuki performers are male.
I wouldn’t ordinarily post this kind of stuff to my language blog, but… I want to advise everyone here to see a kabuki show of any kind, for if you ever get the opportunity to do so when in Japan. =) x.
yamadayuriko asked: "Hi! Just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog :) anyway, I've been learning Japanese for 5 years. It's not a long time, but I'm confident when I say I surpass most people who began the same time I did- my teacher allowed me to skip the freshman class and go straight into the sophomore class when I was a freshman. I want to make it a point on college applications that Japanese is my strong point. What tests or associations should I participate in to show that?"
=D And thank you, x.
Nice. Same! Or six, now, I think… But I’m no good, on the other hand. Ha ha
I think the general go-to test is the JLPT test. Presuming you’re in America, I don’t know much about the American educational system at all, so I’m not sure if there is another better test to take or what associations there are available to you there.
Plus, I’m not really an example to follow. I didn’t even have any language qualifications when I applied to University (well, I lie, I had a low passing grade for French GCSE - done at the age of 16). Nor did I have any real experience in using the language or anything like that. So I just wrote about my interest in Japanese and how determined I was (displayed via the fact that I was self-studying in-between work and other responsibilities), what I wanted to do with it in the future, etc. =) I did not mention or do any tests, or involve myself with any associations. Ha ha!
So perhaps someone else can shed some light on their opinion on this? Please, x.
ai-ga-mawaru asked: "You're welcome! What actually brought my attention was that I never saw a male using Shizue, so I was curious. Yes, I didn't know what mimibukuro was before that post, so thanks! Ah, actual question this time: Do you have anything on proper names, free of bizarre ("DQN" or "kirakira namae", as some say) ones? Almost all of the sources I use have those and they make me cringe. Thanks in advance!"
=) I love all of the ghost stories in it! They are the kind of horror stories my friends used to share when were were in Infants school (4 - 7yrs). Ha ha!
However, regarding your question, I’m sorry! I don’t, actually.
So if anyone else has any resources they know of for this, let me know!
nadinenihongo asked: "Hey I was thinking of doing some Uni work using the 'My Home My Life'/other Radio Dramas, just wondering if there was a place where you found the transcript for these or whether you made it yourself? (and if so where can I find them? ;))"
Nice! I’m interested to hear more about what you’re going to be doing. =D
I only have a transcript for “My Home, My Life”, sorry, because they were posted alongside the podcasts (ha ha, no way I could make them by myself, unfortunately!!). Although, the webpage for them has been taken down now, and so only the podcasts themselves remain, it seems. =\
Sorry about that! I think you could possibly make a script yourself from “泣きたいときのクスリ” though, as the vocabulary is not too hard, etc. =)
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