[meme] My Ten Books.

Well, no one’s tagging me on FB *sobsobsob* and it’s a stupid meme, but I wanted to answer so yes here I am. 

Prompt: List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard.

1. “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning – Haruki Murakami (ok it’s a short story, but THIS tops this list)

2. “Angels and Demons” – Dan Brown 

3. “The Catcher in the Rye” – J.D. Salinger

4. “Sputnik Sweetheart” – Haruki Murakami

5. “Harry Potter 1-4” – J.K. Rowling

6. “After Eden” – Arnold Arre

7. “Martial Law Babies” – Arnold Arre

8. “Neverwhere” – Neil Gaiman

9. “Sweet Valley Twins Series” – Francine Pascal

10. “The House of Sleeping Beauties” – Yasunari Kawabata

 

I honestly think that these ten books represent my life. And I shouldn’t wonder why I’m like this. 

 

 

Uwaah~~ My Christmas holidays officially starts today. I feel so happy! I’ve been swamped with work and what-nots during the past few weeks so I’ve been feeling kinda under the weather. I know I’ll definitely be using my 2 glorious weeks of non-work to the max!

(Ahhh… the benefits of being a teacher. XD)

Well, anyway I’m getting really excited for the upcoming concerts of my ichiban, Yamapi. I’m now saying goodbye to my December salary. But how in the world can I resist this —>

98bz7r Too cute!! >//<

I’m planning to go to either the Bangkok or Taiwan concert. I really wanted to go to Taiwan, but going there means I need a visa.         –sigh- That’s what I get for living in a こそこそ country. LOL

I also just finished the postcard I’ll be sending for the NewS campaign. (BTW, info this waaay –> WE WANT NEWS!) I think I’m getting way into the whole paper cut-outs I’ve been doing at school… my postcard is made from paper cut-outs, too! I was originally planning to make their faces but the required size was too small! I had to rethink my plans.. XD I’ll post the picture later of my postcard. But I think I’ll still be making the paper cut-outs of NewS. Just for my own personal pleasure. LOL

I am so effing incapable of coherence right now. YAMAPI IS HAVING AN ASIAN TOUR! <3

I swear I’m not going to spend any more money right now. I will save up. I MUST GO~! I started screaming my head off the moment I saw this news on arama. <3 uwaaah~~

NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa (25) revealed today (11/17) that he will have a solo tour including overseas locations. From 1/29 in Hong Kong to 5/10 in Tokyo, the tour will last about half a year. There are 5 venues within Japan and 5 international for an expected total audience of 236,000.

Yamashita said the reason for his solo tour is that “It’s hard to find the time for everyone in NEWS to get together. Though group is good, there are various things I want to do as one person.”
He has many foreigner friends, and has been wanting to go overseas for a while. And as everyone knows, he’s good friends with solo artist Akanishi Jin who quit KAT-TUN and is holding his US tour. “Working hard overseas has motivated me as well. If possible, I’d like to go to US too, but Asia is closer so this time I’m going to these places. But I’d want to go to anywhere in the world.” Many countries in Asia show dramas with Yamashita and he is quite popular. Yamashita is making Asia his first step towards going international. Of course, he’ll participate in NEWS activities during his tour as well. Yamashita reassured “Don’t worry (I won’t quit)”.
He is the first artist from Johnnys in 21 years since Matchy to have a solo Asia Tour.
He will include sword battles and wants to show Japanese traditions. And the singing/ dancing of Japanese idols to all of Asia. He wants to create an entertainment experience that no one else except Johnnys Jimusho can provide.
Yamashita also stated he will release a solo album January of 2011. “I am thinking about a combination of pop and club music”. There will be songs with English lyrics, and he may write some as well. He will start recording soon. From someone in the industry, there will be songs nice beats and ones with pretty melodies, basically it’ll be a very ‘Yamapi’ album.

(venues and shows are subject to change)
1/29-30 Hong Kong, HITEC Star Hall
3/4-5 Nagoya, Nippon Gaishi Sports Plaza, Gaishi Hall
18-19 Hokkaido Prefectural sports center
26/27 National Taiwan University Athletic center
4/1-3 Osaka Hall
9-10 Marine Messe Fukuoka
16-17 Korea, Busan KBS Hall
23-24 Thailand, Bangkok, Thunder dome
(end of month) Korea, Seoul, Kyung Hee University
5/7-10 Yoyogi 1st Stadium
apparently the venues in hk and tw are very small…..like ~4000 seats.  The thai one ~ 20,000 seats
source: arama

 

(this one’s written after I got off my sudden high. XD) ——> Anyway, regarding that bit that he’s “copying” Jin, I beg to disagree. I think Pi really wants to do this out of his own decisions. Based from what I’ve read way way before (interviews and such) I think it’s something he really wants, to be known outside of Japan as well. :D

And I also doubt that he’ll be leaving NewS. I know (haha, close?!?) that he loves the group too much to just up and leave them, just because he’s successful as a solo artist. If that was his target, then he could’ve done that way back then. I mean he’s already popular even before NewS debuted so it would definitely be weird to suddenly up and leave now if being a popular solo artist was his target. Anyway naysayers won’t deter me. I’m so effing high right now! YAMAPI~~ daichuki~ <3

 

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YAAAAAY~~!

Just finished translating “Wake Up” from NewS’ Fighting Man single. This is also one of my faves from the single. So bouncy-slash-happy! Haha, I agree with Shige. You should definitely listen to this song after waking up in the morning.

Dedicating this to Ryochan. (a belated) Otanjoubi omedetou~! XD

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Credits to silver881 for the lyric scans and yamapi85 for the photo. :)

Douzo~~

Kanji and Romaji

ア~、ア~ いこうそ!
ah, ah~ ikouso!
Let’s all wake up!

ため息で始まる 今日という連続
tame ikide hajimaru kyou to iu renzoku
窓開けても 希望や夢は 見えないね
mado akete mo kibou ya yume wa mienai ne

テレビからながれる 現実は厳しい
terebi kara nagareru genjitsu wa kibishii
不安だけが 僕の背中 せまるけど
fuan dake ga boku no senaka semaru kedo

昨日までの自分から
kinou made no jibun kara
少し背伸びして頑張っていいんじゃない
sukoshi senobishite ganbatte iin janai?

今すぎに
ima sugu ni
WAKE UP, WAKE UP目を覚ませば
WAKE UP, WAKE UP me wo samaseba
新しい空 ひかりも浴びて
atarashii sora hikari mo abite
WAKE UP, WAKE UP 立ち上がれ
WAKE UP, WAKE UP tachi agare
今日そこは もう少し 強くなりたい
kyou to soko wa mou sukoshi tsuyoku naritai WAKE UP

世間はどうだとか 現実にいけとか
Seken wa doudatoka genjitsu ni ike toka
大人たちは 好き勝手に言うけれど
otonatachi wa sukikatte ni iu keredo

このままじゃいけないみんな気づいてるさ
kono mama ja ikenai minna kizuiterusa
焦りだけが 僕の背中 押してくる
aseri dake ga boku no senaka oshite kuru

明日からの自分には
ashita kara no jibun ni wa
少し期待して 頑張っていいんじゃない?
sukoshi kitaishite ganbatte iin janai?

今すぎに
ima sugu ni
WAKE UP, WAKE UP目を覚ませば
WAKE UP, WAKE UP me wo samaseba
新しい空 ひかりも浴びて
atarashii sora hikari mo abite
WAKE UP, WAKE UP 立ち上がれ
WAKE UP, WAKE UP tachi agare
今日そこは もう少し 強くなりたい
kyou to soko wa mou sukoshi tsuyoku naritai WAKE UP

今日という日は二度と 戻れないものだから
kyou to iu hi wa nidoto modorenai mono dakara
躓いて 転んだって 諦めるな 一緒に うた 歌おう
tsumazuite korondatte akirameruna
isshoni uta wo utaou

今すぐに
ima sugu ni
WAKE UP, WAKE UP 目を覚ませば
WAKE UP, WAKE UP me wo samaseba
新しい 空 ひかりも浴びて
atarashii sora hikari mo abite
WAKE UP, WAKE UP立ち上がれ
WAKE UP, WAKE UP tachi agare
今日からは、もう少し 強くなりたいWAKE UP
kyou kara wa, mou sukoshi tsuyoku naritai WAKE UP

Translations

Ah, ah let’s go!
Let’s all wake up!

So I can start breathing, today I will continuously say
Open the window, I see my hopes and dreams

Relentless reality flows from the tv
Anxieties draw near behind my back but
Until yesterday from my own power
I’ll stretch myself a bit more, do my best
Isn’t that good enough?

Faster now,
WAKE UP, WAKE UP awaken your eyes
To a new sky and bask in the light
WAKE UP, WAKE UP stand up
Today and there, I want to be stronger WAKE UP

How is the world, the reality that goes in
Although the adults say whatever they want
Everyone realizes that this selfishness will not do
Just impatience, come push my back

Because from tomorrow I’ll expect more from myself
Isn’t that good enough?

Faster now,
WAKE UP, WAKE UP awaken your eyes
To a new sky and bask in the light
WAKE UP, WAKE UP stand up
Today and there, I want to be stronger WAKE UP

Today speaks of hope, so turn away from things
that make you stumble and fall
Don’t give up, let’s sing together

Faster now,
WAKE UP, WAKE UP awaken your eyes
To a new sky and bask in the light
WAKE UP, WAKE UP stand up
Today and there, I want to be stronger WAKE UP

still quite a noob with translating. I added also the first two lines from the original lyrics ‘cause that’s what I heard when I was listening to the song! XD Gomen for any mistakes! ^^ Comments are <3!

By the way, I edited my earlier transcription/translation of “Winter Moon” HERE

. :)

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