Byousoku 5cm Real Life Pictures – Spring Edition


Remember the Byousoku 5cm Real Life Pictures post I did last year while in Japan? I decided not to miss doing a Spring Edition as it was the main season the whole film was set in. After all, how often do you get to see the blooming of Sakura trees?

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Moe Ringtones

^ “Kyaa~ Minaide!”

Was looking through some of my loot from Japan when I came around one of those DVD extras that came with one of the artbooks. Really love those extras as they always come with something interesting, be it wallpapers, sound themes etc.

Found these sound themes on the DVD and though to share them with you. I remember doing a ringtone post back in January.

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I have been catching anime series with Piano related themes. The possible newer one owuld be ‘Nodame Cantabile’ whilst the other would be ‘Piano’ , a series which was aired back in 2002- 2003.

Probably one of the most famous pieces used in Nodame Cantabile would be Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13 ,titled “Pathétique”. I remembered getting hooked on this piece ever since I heard it when it was used as a background music in ‘Memories Off 2nd’. The 2nd Movement or ‘Adagio’ movement is the most memoriable for me.  

The ‘Adagio’ movement starts off with a famous cantabile, with this theme being playing three times, interspersed with two modulating episodes and returning to the main theme, with a very much stronger accompaniment. The rest you’ll have to listen it yourself :) A very emotion provoking piece indeed.

Also, I have half-heartedly tried to learn the second movement back in the rainy days of december 2004 and gave up :/ It was tough, and still is. But I shall try again ^__^

Here’s a digitalized version for the first page of the second movement.

               ^ Lots of notes makes it fun to play! :) 

I found the digitalized of the whole score over at International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) , a public domain music score library. It provides a lot of classical scores.

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op. 13, Pathétique IMSLP Wiki <Link>

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, op 13, Adagio cantabile (2nd Movement) mp3 <Link>

melody. – Be as one


本とにごめなさいでした! ^^

Hello there everyone!
Due to lots of work/assignments that has to be completed, I haven’t had much time to update this blog.
Really sorry about that!


I have been listening to melody.’s for a few days now, with it looping in my player’s playlist and also in the MD.

Who is this melody. then? A short quote from wikipedia reveals more

melody. is a Japanese American born in Hawaii. Her full name is Melody Miyuki Ishikawa. She has three younger sisters, one of whom, Christine, is also involved with the music industry in Japan. She became most popular in Japan when her song “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz was used in a commercial for Mitsubishi. Melody is currently a vegan. She is not to be confused with “MELODY”, who sang the theme song for the CBC drama “Kids War” in Japan.

Mostly recently, melody.’s latest single “Lovin’ U” debuted on the Oricon Weekly Charts at #16. The single includes the B-side “Our Journey.” Which, was the theme song for the 2006 movie Gen Yu Den starring Rena Tanaka, who also co-wrote the lyrics to the song.

Participation in Need for Speed Carbon game.

Does it ring a bell? I have heard one of her songs (‘realize’) once, back when it was in the 2005 Weekly Best 30 Oricon chart. 

This album ‘Be as one’ has a very balanced mix of tunes. Sad, happy, and yet an upbeat and catchy album I would say. It is probably not too pop-ish as well.


1. Be as one
2. see you. . .
3. De ja Vu
4. realize
5. Close Your Eyes – English Version
6. Promises
7. Dear Love
8. Take a chance
9. Nest to You
10. Stay with Me
11. Gift of Love
12. miss you (nagareboshi REMIX)

I particularly like ‘realize’ , ‘Close your eyes’ , ‘Take a chance’ and ‘Next to you’. I could probably describe them as very powerful songs, one to motivate you :) ‘Take a chance’ would be at top if I had to choose from these 4 selected.

You can find this album on the internets, though I urge you to support this artist by buying this album. You might also have realized that Yumi, one of your crew member for NFS:Carbon is actually casted by melody. as well. 

P.S. I think I’ll take about 100 out of my paycheck to grab all YUI’s singles, albums and the  タイヨウのうた movie DVD ^^

Simple Hi-MD Recording Guide

Most of you guys would be wondering what’s with the picture consisting of a Creative microphone, 2 74mins MiniDiscs, a Hi-MD RH10 and a manual written in Japanese.

I have been experimenting on the likes of audio recording (field recording?). It really excited me when the idea of using my MD to record came into my mind. However, I had absolutely no idea on how to activate it’s recording function :/

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