SparkPeople Everything Japanese Team Messageboard This group is for anyone who loves Japan: culture, food, media, etc. Please, jump right in and join the conversation! SparkPeople Everything Japanese Team Messageboard Hello Hi~ I just joined spark people today. I like a lot of Japanese things like manga, music, and dramas. I am 22 years old, 4' 11", and I need to lose around 20 pounds. Umm..not sure what else to say.. ^^ Fri, 17 Aug 2012 01:41:57 EST Let's speak Japanese I wanted to create a post that people can talk in Japanese I guess similar to a language exchange. <BR> <BR> I am also going to include some websites that I have been using to study Japanese <BR> <BR> <BR> Beginner: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Intermediate: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> (... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:35:27 EST &#12399;&#12 376;&#12417; #12414;&#12375;&#12390;& &#12399;&#12376;&#12417;&#12414;&#12375;&#<BR>12390;&#30342;&#12373;&#12435;&#12289; <BR> &#31169;(&#12398;&#21517;)&#21069;&#1239<BR>9;&#12459;&#12540;&#12473;&#12486;&#12<BR>451;&#12531;&#12391;&#12377;. <BR> &#21313;&#20843;&#25165;&#12391;&#12377;<BR>&#12290; <BR> &#22823;&#23398;&#19968;&#24180;&#29983;<BR>&#12290; <BR> &#12450;&#12513;&#12522;&#12459;&#20154;<BR>&#12391;&#12377;&#12290; <BR> &#26085;&#26412;&#35486;&#12399;&#23569;<BR>&#12375;&#12408;&#12383;&#12391;&#1237<BR>7;&#12290;... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:19:01 EST Hajimemashite (happy to meet you) Altj-dog desu. Please take care of me. (bows with head down) <BR> <BR> I'm so happy this group is here. I love anime and manga and am considering cosplay. I'm into shoujo, yaoi, yuri, some sports and musics genres. Sadly I do not read Japanese but want to learn to read and speak it. <BR> <BR> Although I'm primarily I'm into the things I've already said, I really want to learn as much as possible about Japanese culture and society. <BR> <BR> Thank you for letting me share. Arigatou G... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:40:08 EST Took some time but saying hi Name is Mary live in Iowa. Love the Japanese culture and language. Trying to learn it myself. Just wondering if any of you have seen any good iPhone apps to learn or should I just use online and books? Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:38:32 EST &#12399;&#12376;&#12417; &#12414;&#12375;&#12390; Hello, I just joined, and wanted to introduce myself. I am currently learning japanese, but due to the fact I am graduating soon with my degree in photography, I can't continue on with the next class, so I am stuck with self study. I'm just looking for people to learn more about the language and culture with. So yeah, hence I am here. :) <BR> <BR> And before you ask, yes I nabbed up the team leader role, even though I just got here. It's an OCD thing for me...a group should have a leade... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:26:27 EST Bowie, MD Bilingual Buddy :) Hi there! <BR> <BR> I have been a member on SP for a couple months now and am just getting around to posting on here. I normally just hover and read others' posts, but I am starting to realize that I need more help with this thing than I thought. <BR> <BR> A brief bio of me: I am married with 3 children, I teach dance in the the public school system, I love reading and I am obsessed with anime and manga ;) <BR> <BR> I am looking for a workout buddy and I admit that I have oddly specific re... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:11:47 EST &#22909;&#12365;&#12394; &#12450;&#12491;&#12513; &#31169;&#12398;&#22909;&#12365;&#12394;&#<BR>12450;&#12491;&#12513;&#12399;&#12300;<BR>&#12427;&#12429;&#12358;&#12395;&#1236<BR>9;&#12435;&#12375;&#12435;&#12301;&#12<BR>392;&#12300;&#12475;&#12540;&#12521;&#<BR>12540;&#12512;&#12540;&#12531;&#12301;<BR>&#12392;&#12300;&#12489;&#12521;&#1246<BR>8;&#12531;&#12508;&#12540;&#12523;&#12<BR>476;&#12483;&#12488;&#12301;&#12391;&#12377;&#65281; <BR> (My favorite anime are Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon, and Dragonball Z!) <BR> <BR> *In fact, dragon... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:55:28 EST &#22987;&#12417;&#12414; &#12375;&#12390;&#65281; &#30342;&#12373;&#12435;&#12289; <BR> <BR> &#22987;&#12417;&#12414;&#12375;&#12390;<BR>&#65281;&#12524;&#12452;&#12481;&#1245<BR>5;&#12523;&#12391;&#12372;&#12374;&#12<BR>356;&#12414;&#12377;&#12290;&#12393;&#<BR>12358;&#12382;&#12424;&#12429;&#12375;<BR>&#12367;&#12362;&#39000;&#12356;&#1237<BR>5;&#12414;&#12377;&#12290; <BR> (Hello, everyone! My name is Rachel! It's nice to meet you!) <BR> <BR> I am a college student currently studying Illustration and Japanese at Cal State Fullerton. I h... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:56:21 EST Konnichiwa Minna-san! I'm pretty excited to see this group here! Japan is my favourite thing, second only to potato chips! I've just finished my 5th year of Japanese school and pretty much love ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Japanese. I'm currently planning a month long holiday in the land of the rising sun... I'd really, rather be there than anywhere else! Sun, 10 Jul 2011 22:29:33 EST Your favorite Jrock band/artist? Do you listen to jock? What Would your top 10 be? <BR> <BR> Mine at the moment would have to be.. <BR> 1. Miyavi <BR> 2. L'Arc~en~Ciel <BR> 3. Dir en grey <BR> 4. D'espairesRay <BR> 5. SuG <BR> 6. Gackt <BR> 7. An Cafe <BR> 8. Malice Mizer <BR> 9. Versailles <BR> 10. Hizaki Grace Project <BR> 9. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 04:28:24 EST How are Japanese women so skinny? In all the j-dramas etc that I watch, all the women (and even sometimes men) are so slim? Why is that? And please don't say genetics. I also understand that their diet is quite different to the SAD (standard American diet). <BR> <BR> Are they just blessed with great genes, eating disorders or know some magical diet secret that we don't? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 02:41:41 EST Vegetarians in Japan Hello! I just joined this SparkTeam because I live in Tokyo, Japan. <BR> <BR> Living in Tokyo, I found it difficult to eat out because I am a vegetarian; Japan isn't veggie-friendly by any means! <BR> I was wondering if any of you are vegetarian and in Japan, and if so, maybe we can share restaurant ideas and resources. :) Tue, 17 May 2011 02:18:07 EST Hello from Tokyo! Hi, my name is Sarah. I started living in Tokyo about 2 years ago for my job as an attorney. <BR> <BR> My Japanese is still very poor, though...hehe <BR> What methods are you guys using for studying? Tue, 17 May 2011 02:14:43 EST The Movie Game Since its almost Friday - I wanted to start something super fun for us all! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This is a fun game I enjoyed so much that I borrowed it from another team. Name a star, movie and costar. The next person names a movie the costar was in and someone who costarred in THAT film. For example, if I say “Vivian Leigh was in Gone With the Wind with Clark Gable who was in…” the next person could say “The Misfits wit... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:39:21 EST Google Crisis Response & The Hunger Site Hey there everyone - I just wanted to take an opportunity to share 2 amazing websites with you! I know that all of us have been impacted by the earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan over the past few weeks. I found this fabulous site and wanted to share it with you. Its been created by Google and is completely independent - so there's not any solicitation for donations, just links provided if you want to help. <BR> <BR> There are also resources for reporting missing people, updates o... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:19:42 EST Introducing Your New Team Co-Leader! Hey everyone!!! How are you all? I wanted to introduce myself - my name is Hillary and at the gracious invitation of your current leader, Ex-Wimpie, I will be assisting her with running this team! <BR> <BR> Just to tell you a little about myself - I am a dual certified personal trainer, fitness nutritionist and licensed Zumba instructor. I love Japanese culture and look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! <BR> <BR> I know this is a quiet group - but don't be shy!! Please... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 08:41:23 EST Earthquake Hey all, <BR> <BR> Here are some ways to contribute to the aftermath of the earthquake and large tsunami. <BR> <BR><BR>-ways-you-can-help-earthquake-and-tsun<BR>ami-victims-in-japan/?p=55484?xid=tweetbox Sun, 13 Mar 2011 22:20:42 EST Hello from Japan! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I currently teach English in Hokkaido. <BR> <BR> I want to be conversational in Japanese and am slowly gaining more and more ability in this crazy, but awesome language. <BR> <BR> I barely passed the JLPT N4 in December and want to aim to pass the N3 this next year. Looking for some buddies to study with as well as to share ideas about studying with. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:38:55 EST February to December JLPT How do you motivate yourself to study when the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) seems so far away? <BR> <BR> What small goals do you set? Have you worked with any specific materials? I just finished a big project at work and know that I now need to start focusing in that direction or else I won't get there by December. <BR> <BR> My goals may end up being more set based on what I'm using to study, but I love hearing what others are doing to study. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:33:54 EST hello hello everyone ! <BR> My name is Mika. I am a 28 years old japanese woman. <BR> I have been living in ny for about 5 years. <BR> I have a husband and 3years old son. <BR> I've just started spark people a few days ago. <BR> And I am already loving it <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> we are going to go to japan for a month in april. <BR> I cant wait !! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:39:48 EST Gokigenyou! XD Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Anjanette, but I am Anj to friends. :3 I am yet another, self-proclaimed Japanophile to add to this lovely group. ^_^ <BR> <BR> I fell in love with all the cute things that come out of Japan a good decade or so ago. It was the gateway... I then discovered manga and anime! Oh, and the wonders of EGL fashion, j-rock/j-pop and all other wonderful goodies found within the Japanese' most awesome pop culture. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm looking forward to being a ... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:41:51 EST Hi! Hi! My name's Lizzie. I'm 19 and from the UK. I've been into Japanese culture since 2002. It's very nice to meet you all. <BR> <BR> I'm a huge Ayumi Hamasaki fan! She got me into Japanese music. Actually, I do most of my exercise to her music, or do step aerobics whilst watching her concert DVDs. <BR> <BR> I can read and write Kanji extremely well, but when it comes to actually speaking Japanese I'm terrible. People say learning Kanji is the hardest part, well I'm the complete opposite! ... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 10:55:50 EST Hi, I'm new here My name is Eric...I've just started this a few weeks looking for a diet and calorie tracker for my Blackberry. I opened up a can of worms that's already helped gain some energy and lose five just a few weeks! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 20:18:55 EST Hello Hello~ Hello! My name is Alyssa, and I'm horrible at self introductions. Lol. I love Japanese Culture (why else would I be here?) to the point where it invades more parts of my life than I'm willing to admit. I'm a fresh college grad, Japanese Lang & Lit major, and I spend my days crying over my lack of job (lies I sleep and workout all day. It's a good life) and searching for ways to get back to Japan without having to be an English teacher. If my bank account could allow it, I'd be over there for ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 05:37:29 EST Howdy! Just wanted to say hi. I'm trying to re-introduce myself to Spark since I starting fresh. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Mon, 31 May 2010 18:39:50 EST Hi! Hello! I am new to Spark People, and because Japan is such a big part of my life thought I should be in a team where we can talk about it. <BR> I was a Japanese major in college, lived there for about 8 months with host family. I just graduated June 2009 and am trying to make my way back to Japan. I'm very poor so the 3,000 minimum I need to get a job there is quite a challenge! I also do not want to be over weight when I go back to Japan. I've found being a 'fat person' in America is quite ... Sun, 23 May 2010 00:46:19 EST Hello It's taken me a while to introduce myself, but I finally got to it. XD My name is Dani and I love Japanese culture... I feel like I'm introducing my self at an AA meeting. Anyways, I look forward to getting to know you all. ^-^ Sat, 10 Apr 2010 16:18:07 EST Really Awesome New Anime... Hey, you guys have got to check out this new anime series I found. It's kind of like a cross between Cowboy Bebop and Azumanga's hard to explain, you just have to see for yourself. Here's a link to a preview: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 19:34:14 EST Hiya!! I'm here cause I love japan! I'm a big fan of Japanese food, especially obento. I pack one everyday and even blog about them! Anywho thanks for having me and thank u wimpie for the warm welcome. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:39:50 EST Hajimemashite, minna! Atashi wa Natalie desu! Douzo yoroshiku! <BR> <BR> I'm 24 (almosttt 25) and live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. :) <BR> <BR> I've been into Japanese stuff for as long as I can remember! It all started when I first saw Sailor Moon on tv YEARSSS ago lol. <BR> <BR> I used to be alot more into anime and manga but now not nearly as much. ~_~ <BR> <BR> I LOVE japanese food so I eat it fairly often~ Doesn't hurt that there's an unlimited amount of Japanese restaurants in Vancouver lol. <BR> <BR> I s... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:11:49 EST Greetings! Hello all! I'm Christina, and I live in Portland, Oregon. <BR> I like a lot of Japanese stuff. Mainly food and music. My husband and I eat a *lot* of Japanese food. We're lucky to have a ton of Japanese restaurants nearby, and also lucky to have an awesome Asian supermarket close too. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty much obsessed with Japanese rock/visual kei. Favorite bands: X JAPAN, hide, Luna Sea, L'Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE/VAMPS, LAREINE, Versailles... actually I could go on for a really long time. ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 02:08:57 EST Hello Hey there everyone, I'm Sam to most (unless you include one of my pet names) and while I've actually been a member for a day or so I've been too busy with shopping for healthy foods and cooking. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 22:52:21 EST Konban wa! I got a message comment on my sparkpage and I couldn't return the message back to her so since I need an introduction I'll add them answers here. <BR> <BR> I'd like to someday save enough money to take a week vacation in Japan. (I'm from Ohio) So I plan on first finding some Japanese language classes within the area that I could take since my self taught just isn't cutting it like I'd like it to. <BR> <BR> Yes I also joined a anime cosplay team. Basically I'd like to lose weight so I can ac... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:38:54 EST Merii Kurisumasu Merry Christmas to all! <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> Tue, 22 Dec 2009 22:12:03 EST Genki desu ka Genki desu. You can respond in English as my Nihon-go is not so good. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <em>446</em> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 19:54:45 EST Watashi no shujin Nihon-jin desu Yeah! I just joined the team today. My husband is Japanese/American, born in Kamakura, Japan. <BR> I took three semesters of Japanese at the Technical College, but I'm not so good at it, know mostly my food things, which is some of the most important stuff. <em>213</em> Wed, 9 Dec 2009 19:59:54 EST Interesting Facts About Japan <em>38</em> INTERESTING FACT ABOUT JAPAN <em>38</em> <BR> Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan. <BR> WHAT? That calls for more information. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> BASASHI IS RAW HORSE MEAT, often served on a bed of ice with condiments like soy sauce, shiso leaves, and daikon (Japanese radish). It’s also called “sakura” (cherry) because of its deep red color. <BR> <BR> Before 1867 and the Meiji restoration, Buddhist beliefs prevented people from killing animals for food. However, ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:55:27 EST Two websites concerning weight training! Please look at <link> </link> . if you would like to learn more about weight training in general, on facebook they are: "We are Stumptuous." Lots of information to get your blood moving ( reviews, safety tips, and clinics.) There are also videos on youtube, some are on proper form while others are rehabilitative just look under stumptuous. <BR> <BR> If you would like to take your training program further and work with a trainer, but think you can't afford one please ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 23:38:58 EST Today in Japan This new thread will briefly cover a Japanese current news item, historical event, or holiday. Please add to it with information or opinions! <BR> <BR> NOVEMBER 22, 2009 <BR> <BR> According to NHK World [abridged]: <BR> <em>749</em> <BR> FLU EPIDEMIC EXPANDS DEMAND FOR MASKS <BR> Demand for face masks in Japan has doubled this year due to the H1N1 flu epidemic. The surge in demand has led companies to step up production. <BR> <BR> Leading healthcare company Unicharm says domestic demand ... Sun, 22 Nov 2009 03:15:10 EST Look! stainless steel bento boxes I thought these two sites would be interesting if you are looking for something different. If you want to go plastic or cloth make sure that they are Bispenol A, phthalate, lead and formaldehyde free. <link> </link> , and <link>www.lifewithout </link> Fri, 20 Nov 2009 13:46:32 EST A Tour of Japanese Shrines and Temples Let's take a tour of Japanese shrines and temples! Personal experience and stories are great if you have them, otherwise let's get information from books and the Internet. <BR> <BR> Things to include if possible: <BR> (1) Name of shrine or temple - and whether shrine or temple <BR> (2) Location of shrine/temple <BR> (3) Description of shrine/temple, including any interesting features <BR> (4) Age and History of shrine/temple, including any stories or legends <BR> (5) Historical context of sh... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 02:59:15 EST shitori oops! Where do you find the emoticons sorry, that I ruined it. Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:29:42 EST Halloween Plans ? Costumes, Favorite Scary Movie ? I guess, Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year....I enjoy driving the hearse...complete with casket and son's homemade corpse...I picked his clothes out !!!! <em>246</em> At least...I'm riding in the front seat... <em>20</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:01:22 EST New Goals for September August didn't turn out to well for me, so I'm resetting my same goals for September: <BR> 1) Get back on track with eating (curbing overeating) <BR> 2) Get in at least 140 - 180 minutes of cardio per week. <BR> <BR> What goals do other people have for September? <BR> <BR> ~ Pam Thu, 3 Sep 2009 04:32:56 EST Your Dream..If I could.... If I could...spend as many years in language and culture...after I win the lottery.... <em>224</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 16:41:08 EST Ooopsy-forgot to pass around the business cards! Hi there, I'm K. or Kat or Aldabateuse--I've been on this team for about a week now (I don't recall precisely). I got interested in Japanese culture when my sister became obsessed by manga. True to my scholarly nature, I decided that I was not worthy of the title of Japanophile without knowing more about the culture than was afforded by marathon viewings of Sailor Moon and "My Neighbor Totoro," so I resolved to educate myself on the manners, literature and language of Japan. And so far, altho... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:24:23 EST New Goals for August..... My goal for August is moving on to add free weights to my regiment at the daughter's brother-in-law and he stays at my home is a body builder... <em>224</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2009 23:39:00 EST Hello Hello! Good morning/day/evening everyone! I'm glad I found a team like this! Like everyone else here, I love Japanese culture, food, anime, etc etc. I know many interesting discussions will pop up in this team! Thank you for welcoming me here and hope to talk to you all soon! :3 Sat, 25 Jul 2009 05:19:42 EST Let’s Play Shiritori! We're going to play a classic Japanese word game that creates a word chain, modified for this team and the English language. <BR> <BR> I'll start with a word (in English). The next person use the last letter of the previous word as the first letter of their word. And so on, and so on. WORDS THAT END WITH THE LETTER "N" ARE FORBIDDEN. For example, Person 1 says, "Flowers", Person 2 says "Snake", and Person 3 says, "Egg". <BR> <BR> Let's start playing Shiritori! <BR> <BR> BANANA <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 24 May 2009 23:12:01 EST Anime/Manga Alphabet Game In this game, people taking turns posting an anime or manga title in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> If you've watched a billion anime, but none of them come to mind when youre playing this game, here's a McAfee-approved site that lists anime and manga (and has a lot of other great information): <BR> <link><BR>a/anime.php </link> <BR> <BR> I'll start with "A". Who'll do "B"? <BR> <BR> A - Angelic Layer <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 24 May 2009 22:52:05 EST Count in Japanese and Give a SparkGoodie For this games, each person posts the next number in order with its Japanese name, e.g., “1 - ichi.” If the number contains two or three of the same number you give a SparkGoodie to someone on the team. This will also help us get to know each other a little better. <BR> <BR> For example: if you post an 11, 22, 121, 222, etc. you would give a SparkGoodie to a member of this team. 1-10, 12-21, 123, 298, etc. means NO SparkGoodie. <BR> <BR> For those like myself who are Japanese-challenged, t... Sun, 24 May 2009 22:46:44 EST What emoticon are you today? Pick an emoticon to express how you're feeling today! <BR> <BR> Me: <em>102</em> Sun, 24 May 2009 22:37:25 EST Hi I spent some time in Okinawa with my father and step mother who is Japanese and from Okinawa. I love the culture and family values. I also love origami which I started doing there. I am trying to live by there philosophy of "Hara Hachi Bu" (Stop eating when 80% full). Wed, 8 Apr 2009 12:53:13 EST Word A Day I'm bored, so decided to bring you a Japanese word a day! <BR> <BR> Anyone who speaks Japanese, feel free to chime in with words of your own. ^_^ <BR> <BR> WORD OF THE DAY for Thursday, March 12: <BR> Kanji: &#36870;&#31435;&#12385;&#12434;&#12377;&#<BR>12427;&#12290; <BR> Hiragana: &#12373;&#12363;&#12384;&#12385;&#12434;&#<BR>12377;&#12427;&#12290; <BR> Romaji: Saka-dachi-wo-suru <BR> Meaning: A handstand, to stand on one's head. <BR> <BR> ^_^ Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:45:50 EST *konkon* Hello? Hi all, <BR> <BR> It seems pretty quiet around here, so I hope things are still going. :) <BR> <BR> My name's Jax, and I live in Japan. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you, <BR> Yoroshiku ne! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 18:12:17 EST Which would you prefer more....Anime or manga? I would prefer anime cause I love watching and hearing the people talking and how they react to different things! It's totally awesome! Hehe! Sat, 24 Jan 2009 15:15:58 EST Are You Interested in Yaoi or Yuri? I can say I'm definitely interested in yaoi. Not yuri so much. But I love yaoi. <BR> <BR> My current fave yaoi is Junjou Romantica! What about you guys? Sat, 24 Jan 2009 15:14:42 EST Looking for cosplay ideas I'm looking for cosplay ideas that will work with my appearance for an anime convention in April. I'm fat (278 pounds) and 55. I'm told frequently I look at least 10-15 years younger than my age, but no one is going to mistake me for a young thing in her 20's. <BR> <BR> I've cosplayed as Kaede from InuYasha, the Go board from Hikaru No Go, and the Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell SAC. <BR> <BR> I'm considering a Prinny costume from Disgaea, but I'm worried that would be really hot--espe... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 03:20:52 EST If you could date your favorite character...... If I could date my favorite character, it would definitely have to be Sesshomaru of Inuyasha! Why you ask? Because.....because he's Sesshomaru. That's why. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:16:03 EST If you had a day in your fave anime/mang a........ I always really wondered about it myself and I had so many different options lol. But I guess you could say I finally put myself down to one to have the perfect day with. <BR> <BR> As a matter of fact, I would choose Vampire Knight. I would like to be in the Vampire Knight world mainly because I love the bishies! Seeing them all the time would make my day. Plus, I would love to hang out with Cross-kaijou who is absolutely cute and funny. And I would love seeing the fight between Zero and his... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:13:36 EST New Team Leader Ne, minna! I have become the new Team Leader as Orochimaru has stepped down. It's sorry to hear that. <BR> <BR> But I hope we can make this team really wonderful! <BR> <BR> Ja ne, <BR> Zaru Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:51:29 EST Cookbook anyone? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I want to incorporate Japanese food as a part of my diet and new lifestyle. Having eaten some of these foods at local restaurants, most of these foods seem pretty healthy. <BR> <BR> Does anybody have some easy to make and low budget recipes to share? <BR> <BR> Let's start our own cookbook! <BR> <BR> Some things I'd like to try making: <BR> * Miso Soup <BR> * Hibachi (Grilled veggies with meat) <BR> * um..... help? LOL Thu, 30 Oct 2008 14:42:42 EST Suggestions for Anime or Manga? Does anyone have suggestions for anime or manga? I'm on the lookout for new & interesting. <BR> <BR> I recommend Hikaru no Go, both the anime and the manga, with warnings for each. The manga is wonderful, but the ending is a letdown. The anime has a better ending in the follow-up movie, which is actually part of the original manga. However, domestic release of Hikaru no Go anime has stalled after disc 11. <BR> <BR> According to my anime-ordering source at Suncoast, Hikaro no Go has been p... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 01:41:11 EST Konnichiwa Minasan! Am I too late for the "party?" Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been a SparkPeople member since 2/2008, but I'm new to this team. I love Japanese manga and anime, which has expanded into liking sushi, Japanese culture, etc. <BR> <BR> I noticed this team has been pretty quiet for the last month or so, and I'm wondering if I'm too late for the "party". I hope there are still interested team members, and there just hasn't been much to talk about lately. <BR> <BR> Let's see, what else... I like sci-fi/fantasy, my SparkPeop... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 19:36:14 EST hajimemashite hello everybody(should I say minasan?),I kind of jumped to the conclusion that a team doesn't work for me,but this is a totally different thing.I never was addicted to something until I started watch anime ,and then started to learn japanese,then manga.I'm thrilled to find people who share my love for japan.I'm 39 ,work too much and want to loose weight for my health and mobility(yes,yes for the look too) Sun, 20 Apr 2008 06:22:04 EST Anime/Manga Suggestions I am looking for new anime/manga to watch/read (prefer anime right now). Anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for something along the lines of InuYasha: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Historical, Romance and Supernatural, with a rating of at least teen but prefer mature. I like dark anime's too. <BR> <BR> Any help is appreciated. Thanks! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:59:17 EST Hi Folks! I'm SO glad to have found this forum. Glad to see others with similar tastes. I have been a real fan of anime for about a year now, but I've been a "closet" Inuyasha Fan*atic* for about four years. I just started writing IY fan fiction. So glad to be a member of this team! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:32:41 EST FAVORITE JAPANESE /EASTERN FOODS I was wondering if you all like to eat Japanese style foods or Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern foods and what are some recipes for tofu and stuff. Especially tofu...I was wondering if you all know how to cook fried tofu? Or other cool things you might see on anime or in Japan etc. Mon, 7 Jan 2008 17:58:20 EST What are your favorite Manga titles? Mine(right now ^_^) are <BR> <BR> -Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden <BR> -Bleach <BR> -D. Gray-Man <BR> -Vampire Knight <BR> -Tsubasa <BR> -Inuyasha <BR> -Shaman King <BR> -Ouran High School Host Club <BR> -Nana <BR> -Absolute Boyfriend <BR> <BR> I think that's all- boy this list is almost identical to my anime list! Thu, 3 Jan 2008 01:11:48 EST Japanese word or phrase So just for fun...lets list Japanese words or phrases we know or might be useful to know when in Japan. <BR> <BR> We have to use romaji tho. <BR> demo-but <BR> yoku-well ( like in you speak well) <BR> shiawase-happy <BR> desu-is/to be <BR> desu ka? asking if something is so like genki desuka? means is it so that you are good/energetic/well <BR> ne? added at end of sentences makes it say..isn't it so? <BR> Konnichiwa-good afternoon <BR> Ogenki desuka? How are you (polite) <BR> Hmm I know how ... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 00:07:34 EST Places to see? Hey anyone who has been to Japan...what are great places to go or see? Tell us about your favorite places and why or what your experience was like when you were in Japan and any tips or things you learned that would be good to know for people who go for their first time that you wish someone had told you :) <BR> I have heard of not eat the hot dogs...they are made from fish meat :P hehe Thu, 3 Jan 2008 00:01:29 EST What are your favorite anime shows? I hope it is ok. I really am curious what is everyones favorite anime or manga. <BR> <BR> So here are some I like: <BR> Getbackers <BR> Gintama <BR> Fruitsbasket <BR> Wolf's Rain <BR> Blue Seed <BR> there are sooo many <BR> I know about Blood and Bleach but believe it or not have not seen them because everyone sees those hehe <BR> So tell me what are your favs :) Wed, 2 Jan 2008 23:59:39 EST Hello!! =3 Hello everyone, I'm a 26, very soon to be 27 year old female from Michigan. I'm very big into Japanese culture, Anime, Manga, ect... =3 (not too sure on what else to say here so i'll leave it at that lol) <em>102</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2007 03:21:03 EST CHAT Hey everyone. Hope it is ok to start a thread for us to just chat in about anything and everything. <BR> So is everyone ready for the holidays whether in Japan or somewhere else? <BR> My pal came from Japan and it has been a lot of fun. Boy I really still have work cut out for me to learn Japanese! <BR> Tuesday we are going to shop at the local Asian I can't wait to show her things and ask her what they say hehe! Sun, 16 Dec 2007 22:37:00 EST Hello everyone :) Hi everyone. I just joined the team. It looks like it is a bit sleepy in here so I am going to see if it will wake up :) <BR> I have a pal in Japan. She is native and married to my church's missionary. Because of her and a life long interest in Asian things...language, religions, Anime, name it...i am seriously trying to learn the language. <BR> I recomment Pimsleurs's language course. It is really useful but youtube has all sorts of people that post how to speak Japanese. It is ... Wed, 12 Dec 2007 22:32:19 EST Otakons and the like Has anyone else ever been to Otakon or other Anime conventions? <BR> <BR> Can you tell about your favorite experiences? Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:21:10 EST Konnichiwa! ^_^ Hello, <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople and I also just joined your team. I'm still learning how everything on this website works. <BR> <BR> I am a college student majoring in Japanese Language & Culture. I also love cooking Japanese food. I've been to Japan twice and will be leaving in April to study at a university in Japan for a year. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm also hosting and exchange student from Osaka in my home for 10 months. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose enough weight to be ab... Thu, 2 Aug 2007 11:06:38 EST Current Trip Planning At present my goal is to get down to 150LBS to go to Japan next year, My ultimate goal however is 125LBS. I lost quite a bit of weight the last time I was there because of all the walking,stairs(WOW) and healthy food, so I figure I can lose a LARGE chunk of it while I am there. I am thinking of planning my trip through Expedia, they seem to have the best deals and a Travel Agent will cost me a small fortune!!! Example-Expedia-$2300 Travel Agent-$5000+ WOAH BIG DIFFERENCE!!! Or I may book sepe... Sun, 29 Jul 2007 09:45:47 EST Kamikaze Girls Has anyone seen this movie?? If you are into Lolita I HIGHLY recommend you watch this movie! I LOVED it soo much! Beautiful Lolita clothes and a trip to Baby! Lolita mmmmmmm(*eyes glaze over,drools) What was I saying!! OH yes the movie WATCH IT!!!!! Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:14:54 EST Lolita Fashion Craze Has anyone seen or heard about this fashion style that's really popular in Japan right now? I have seen some pictures and read a little bit about it and I LOVE it the clothes are so cute! When I lose this weight I want to organize a lolita day once a week in my area and have people meet dressed up. I think that would be so much fun! Mon, 2 Jul 2007 21:31:18 EST