Open Post

It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time! Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like! Enjoy!

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    • Question of the week: In light of Chester Bennington’s death, is there a Japanese celebrity death that has upset you?

      • Grooby

        The death of Mao Kobayashi really upset me. She had two children, a little girl and boy.

        She was such a sweet person. I feel so sorry for her family :(

      • Mr.Taxi™

        Nujabes.

        • ennie

          I miss Nujabes too.

        • I want to be relevant :(

          missing him so much T_T

      • I got really emotional while writing about Mao Kobayashi Ebizo press conference tbh

        Not Japan, but there was a K-pop trainee that competed on a reality show to become a member of KARA but in the end wasn’t chosen. DSP dropped her right before the formation of their next group April because she was too “too old” at 22…and she killed herself. That shook me.

        • Brett

          The worst part about that was how DSP, or really anyone, kind of acted like it was no big deal.

          • There is BLOOD on your hands, miss DSP.

            DSP: What was said?
            http://i.imgur.com/lNU7uNI.jpg

          • yamakita

            Not to sound heartless, but they didn’t tell her to kill herself. They were mean by saying she was too old, but she kinda proved that she didn’t have the mental strength to sustain in that industry if she couldn’t take any criticism in an environment that would be filled with it.

            Killing one’s self is a very selfish act…

            • Yikes

              Yikes all around at this comment and its TOTAL disregard to mental health that I don’t even know where to start.

              “they didn’t tell her to kill herself”

              They don’t need to. The way they ended her dreams simply because she was “too old” after YEARS of leading her on with training is ridiculous. She was only 22. You don’t need to tell someone to kill themselves to be a contributing factor. This isn’t a case of not being able to handle critcism, it was literally shutting down someone’s dreams.

              “Killing one’s self is a very selfish act…”

              People who say this have this stance that it’s “selfish” to leave children, spouses and other family members behind…but the soul-crushing depression that can envelop someone leaves them feeling like there is no alternative. Like the only way to get out is to opt out. And that is a devastating thought to endure. Until you’ve stared down that level of depression, you don’t get to make those kindfs of judgments. You might not understand it, and you are certainly entitled to your own feelings, but making those judgments and spreading that kind of negativity won’t help the next person. In fact, it will only hurt others.

              • yamakita

                Dude, I’m fully aware of mental health implications of suicide. Just to one up you, my family history is laced with it. She obviously had them since she could not handle rejection in such a profound way. If you have mental health issues, seek help. Talk to someone. Deal with them. Don’t act like a victim because it’s not going to help with the mental health issues. Sure, this is harder to achieve in a Korean society and life can seem impossible at times. But who doesn’t have these issues and feelings from time to time? It’s not what issues you have; it’s how you deal with them that sets you apart. It’s who you want to be, not what anyone else wants you to be. If you can’t even fight for yourself, why should anyone else bother?

                Life is the survival of the fittest, whether you want to believe it or not. I do fully support anyone’s right to end their own life if they’re so miserable living it. But don’t expect me to have any sympathy if it’s just because you can’t get life to go your way, or whatever reason you may have, because there is always someone else who decides to handle it differently.

                A contrast I can immediately think of, staying with the Kpop sphere, is Hyunseung who used to be in BEAST and is considered the 6th member of Big Bang. He was told that he lacked the right expression and was eventually eliminated from the group. What did he decide to do? He kept at it until he achieved his dream. Luck has a lot to do with succeeding in this brutal business, of course. But my heart is not going to bleed for someone who thinks they deserve to have something and falls apart when they don’t get it.

      • yacchaitai

        before i was even born but okada yukiko. there are pictures of her body and the splatter everytime you google anything about her.

        • yamakita

          Should I or should I not google…? Her death was definitely a shocker. It seemed so…pointless.

          • It’s not so bad since it’s in black and white, but if it was in color…

      • Brett

        I was shook at how almost all of the biggest Japanese divas have lost their moms at young ages. Ayu’s grandmother who basically raised her died when she was recording Poker Face. Namie’s mom was murdered when she was only 21. And Utada’s mom, as we all know, committed suicide a few years ago. And yet Koda Kumi still has 2 healthy parents…

        • Was the shade really needed?

      • May

        Iijima Ai. I used to watch a lot of Japanese variety in the early 2000s and she was a staple on so many shows, and so outspoken (more outspoken than many of the female variety stars you see today), her sudden death was so sad.

      • Nasukwa

        Kon Satoshi. He died at the time that I was becoming more interested in his work.

        Another one would be Tanaka Yoshiko (Su-chan). I liked her from Candies and also her acting (especially from Seigi no Mikata).

      • byebicycle

        idk if he counts as a “celebrity” but he was a relatively well-known public figure, so… iwata satoru, nintendo’s former ceo. passed away in 2015 from cancer.

        i adored that man, he always came across as very genuine, warm, and goofy (his nintendo directs <3). i was so upset, it was difficult to read or watch anything about him without tearing up or straight up crying. probably the first time a "celeb" death impacted me to that extent.

      • HyperMoot .
      • Dalooshe

        Zard’s Izumi Sakai. I can’t believe it’s already been 10 years since her death..

      • Jo

        Eiko Ishioka, I still rewatch films that she worked for, some of them aren’t even good but she never failed to create a visual feast for each of them.

        Satoshi Kon, his vision and creativity created a milestone in Japanese animation.

        Nujabes…

      • hasawa

        Not japanese but chinese, but Ren Hang suicide definitively shook me.
        He had so much potential. His photography were so haunting..
        Disapearing when he was about to access to fame is really disturbing~ :/

        • When I found out, I dropped my phone in disbelief. I had met him at a book signing a few months beforehand.

      • maguro part deux

        Masahiko Shimura’s death was a bummer. Supremely talented dude.

    • Mr.Taxi™

      What does everybody think of indigo la End’s new album?

      • gus

        It’s not “whiny” enough for me personally. But I still like it

      • Enon’s masterpiece to be honest.

      • HyperMoot .

        it’s a mixed bag but I like it, some fine songs in it

    • Skai

      When’s Utada Hikaru’s Forevermore PV going to be released? The single itself releases next week but PVs usually airs before release right?
      It looks really good. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6cde5f435d60c8ac2aa88f16d016c89cc477886d7d8dbd5a6aa4c505241556c.jpg

      • hopefully not too far off, but she always keeps us on our toes and plays with our emotions. i’m actually really excited for this video.

        • Brett

          thanks for this knowledge

          • U’re welcome.

        • Skai

          Likewise!! She’s got a great team behind the PV so I just know it’s going to be amazing!!

    • Nasukwa

      I’ve only been lurking around and haven’t really been posting anything on Arama since the livejournal days.

      A lot of changed for me. I went back to school for a different career path, but still kept my current job as a back up plan. I have finished the school portion, but had a really shit year doing unpaid internships.

      I attempted 2 times in writing the national certification for my new career choice. I only have one more chance at writing the certification, but my motivation is slowly depleting. I don’t have the mental support that I did when I achieved my previous career goal (Many deaths in the family, lots of drama at school, friends leaving the city or country for their own career paths).

      It seems like I’m the only one left behind from the pack.

      I don’t really see myself doing my current job (aka the back up plan) forever.
      Deep down, I really do enjoy this new career path, but crazily enough, I seem to be hesitant and scared of change or I guess you could say success.
      I need and am trying to get over this fear, but I guess these baby steps aren’t enough.

      Any advice for someone is mentally strained like myself? Or studying and exam writing advice?

      • Hi!

        I feel like you’re going through a struggle a lot of people go through but don’t talk about. I’m in a similar situation in a way I guess. My brother passed away about a year ago, a couple months after I graduated (which totally burnt me out in itself)…and I haven’t really moved forward with my job search since as I’ve had to take over his responsibilities taking care of my elderly grandfather. So I’m stuck in an in between period where I know I’m not using my skills to their full potential, but also what I’m doing now is “enough” (it fills my day) and is contributing to a loss of motivation to a degree to do what I actually want to do.

        You still have time. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people, but really, there isn’t a rush (not sure of your career path but there USUALLY isn’t). And on top of that, what you observe with other people isn’t always the full story. They could have similar worries too that they’re not sharing in fear of looking weak. You’ll get to where you need to be in time as long as you stay focused even in the slightest. Change IS scary just because it’s the unknown but in time it’ll reveal itself to not be as scary as you think.

      • omg

        You already answered your own question: you don’t see yourself doing your backup plan job forever. So what are you waiting for? You have to move forward or you’ll be stuck in that backup plan job forever.

      • yamakita

        Everyone has a bad year or two at least once in their lifetime. But there are good times even in a bad year. Your attitude toward a situation can make a world of difference. A lot of people like to wallow in self-pity and have an excuse for every reason why they can’t do something. Find what brings you joy and focus on it. If you’ve done your best at the end of the day and don’t get the results you want, at least you’ve put up a fight, which is more than what some people can say. Give yourself credit when it’s due. Focus on the future instead of the past since you can’t change it. A better year is always just around the corner if you want to see it.

      • ProllyWild

        On the extreme side of thought. A back up plan is the worst thing to have because it forever keeps you anchored to where you are. If you know there is a way back to “safety” you’ll always go back there.

        Best advice I ever received was “burn your bridges”. If you cant go back, you force yourself to move forward by any means necessary.

        Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing because even if they’re moving faster if it doesn’t mean they’re happier for it. Move at your own pace with determination and be flexible. Things may not go as planned, but change is opportunity. Embrace it.

        • yamakita

          I agree with most of what you said, although I would caution burning bridges in a professional setting. But definitely in a personal setting. There is no reason to keep toxic people in your life if you know they poison your perspective on life.

          One of the best observations I have been given is that there are a lot of “vampires” in our waking life–people who drain you emotionally, physically, mentally, or all of the above. It’s important to know when these people are sucking all they can out of you, and like you said, burn bridges. Funny that the one who told me this was a vampire himself so I cut him loose :)

          • ProllyWild

            I understand the caution of burning professional bridges. It requires confirming your goals. If it’s “success” by any means, then networking with people of influence matters. However as you said, toxic people poison. Business is the same . Suffering through a bad business situation will not likely take you closer to the life you want. If anything it will create a wave that drags you the way of influence from those professional associations. It’s easy to be in a professional position that provides money and accolades, but provides only stress and misery personally.

            I’ve found that burning bridges works for me but it’s not for everyone and it’s no guarantee of what you’ll encounter down the line. I simply find that cutting out sources of misery makes things easier to deal with.

            • yamakita

              No doubt there are toxic people in a professional environment. Quite a lot actually. I’m amazed by the amount of dead weights I have around me. But those are likely colleagues, not your superiors. Hell, if your superior is doing shit to you, there are legal recourses. Quite a lot in California to a point it seems like the law protects all the dead weights I’m referring to. But you are right, if a job is shit, it’s better to move on from it than taking the abuse. But unless you want to constantly start over or find a way to explain your employment history, it’s better to leave on a good or amicable note. It’s okay to hate all you want inside, but sometimes you need to fake some niceness so you don’t completely shoot yourself in the foot. At least that’s what I have found.

      • rshina

        hm…
        I can’t give any advice, I’m not at that kind of things. but I had feeling like I’m the only one behind everyone too.
        I was studying nursing, and all my classmate is becoming ICU/ER/OR etc nurse, while I was still a clinic nurse
        so I try to get another opportunity that my friends didn’t take, and I get it :)

        so, the only thing I can say is, do your best! even if you take a slow path to success, it will pay you back in the end. that’s what I keep saying to myself whenever I’m down

    • The King & Queen of Japan have revealed themselves. We listen to SINGers. Very rarely do we listen to people who…cannot sing.

      http://i.imgur.com/RaIufGF.jpg

      • May
      • yamakita

        I don’t think they were trying to win any singing contest?

        • It’s a joke…

          • yamakita

            Oh I’m the dumb shit who didn’t get it. Thanks for enlightening me!

      • yamakita

        By all means please have more coverage of Blouson Chiemi. Tell me what shows she’s on and I’m going to find the video! I can’t get enough of her act and With B!!! I hope she will be on the Kohaku this year… can’t wait!!!

      • Skai

        Who are they?

    • Temari

      V6’s 2017 tour that hasn’t even started will air on a subscription channel again. Hope other Johnny’s follow suit. T_T

    • What

      Something I’ve noticed, Japanese music fans seem to be less “PC” than Kpop fans for example: if something racist were to happen with a Japanese celebrity, fans would just acknowledge it’s bad and kinda move on. However, with kpop fans they seem to really take those instances to heart and would write essays, try to “educate” that person or even end up “cancelling” them. Why do you think that is?

      • yamakita

        Cultural differences?

        • What

          What cultural differences?

          • yamakita

            What you described.

        • circe154

          Aren’t they talking about Westerners?

      • gus

        ppl who take those instances to heart mostly are stan of other kpop act, and they are using that certain incident to stand in the moral high ground that their own favorite kpop act are better behaved and less problematic.

        • What

          Ahh so you think this has to do with stanning an idol? Putting an idol on a pedestal?

          • gus

            I personally believe so, J-Pop fanbase isn’t as obsessive as the 3rd wave of KPop fandom.

      • hmmm

        see how black jpop fans react to EXILE and how black kpop fans react to BIGBANG 🤔

        • What

          What’s the difference between the two?

      • Japanese music fans tend to be older than KPop fans, and as a result aren’t on the PC bandwagon.

        • What

          Ohhh this is very true. Many kpop fans seem to be teenagers

      • Matcha

        Not every black kpop fan is a justice worrior. They also have brains and realise that Korea is completely different culture!

        • What

          I wasn’t directing this at only black kpop fans. I also know there are people who can think for themselves. However, on a whole, there seems to be more kpop fans who act this way (what i described above) compared to jmusic fans

      • iGleaux

        I stop checking for people who do ignorant shit, I’m also older.

    • yamakita

      I’m watching the 10-hour, 5-DVD, 2017 Music Day that I just bought from a Japanese video store. So many fillers… I admit, I only like watching the idol groups on these things. Give me 3 hours of just that!!

    • FrozenSoul

      I know many Koreans were kissing my ass for concert tickets’ sake. But when they brushed this off as funny and said international people were over reacting, they are now on my blacklist.
      https://twitter.com/mayssemgh/status/888592991543189504
      https://onehallyu.com/topic/550653-mbcs-man-who-dies-to-live-appropriates-arab-muslim-culture/

      • I want to be relevant :(

        wow this is truly garbage!!

      • mbcsial

        Wtf and the ratings are actually rising! MBC respond is “its just a fiction”. Islam is not fiction!

      • Jasmine Maris

        Disgusting. Actually this isn’t surprising for South Koreans. They are notorious for being hyper nationalistic and racist. Ugh. I still wanna puke on what the Knetz said about this on Pann.

      • Matcha

        Did you even watched it??!

        • FrozenSoul

          Sadly, I did and it offended me big time.

        • mbcsial

          Did YOU watched it?

          I don’t see why muslims who have seen screenshots wouldn’t be offended. The twitter thread was pretty thorough too.

      • hasawa

        Not sure what’s going on with this show, but I’ve seen Kpop fandom be deadass pissed about shows/CM or whatever fucked up shit some Korean artist has said that I don’t even understand why there are still Kpop fans. This industry seems filled with so much douche, like, how do yall still endorse this shit??

        • yamakita

          One reason why I went back to J-entertainment. I mean we all know that ever society has an under belly, but the K-ent seems to really embrace it.

          • iGleaux

            Interesting because that Beyonce “impersonator” y’all are screaming yass at in this very post has done blackface.

            • yamakita

              What Beyoncé impersonator are you talking about? I don’t recall anyone mentioning Watanabe Naomi in this open post? Wanna remind us?

              • iGleaux

                I could have sworn I saw someone talking about her but if I got it wrong my apologies. I still don’t agree acting like Japan is so above the sort of ignorant stuff you see in Kpop, it just goes under the radar more.

                • yamakita

                  Ahh you misunderstood. J-ent is lesser of two evils in my book, but I’m sure it’s plenty bad. You can be the best in the world, and it’s pretty shitty. That’s how I look at it.

      • ProllyWild

        Brought to you by breitbart…

    • HyperMoot .

      new single from Band Maid, was out on Wednesday this week

      • gus

        I can name at least 5 different Japanese using “daydreaming” as their song title for the last 2 years

        • HyperMoot .

          well they could have named it sauerkraut, I would have liked it the same ;)

          • yamakita

            Lol. You mean Sakura! Try naming all the Japanese titles with that term in it!

            • HyperMoot .

              honest, sauerkraut is a good lead. Imagine the same intro with some electrified shamisen plus dancing Kobe girls that really knock you out cause they leave the West behind.

        • circe154

          Japanese acts seem to use the same English titles over and over again. I figure its so their audience doesn’t need to look them up.

        • HyperMoot .

          out of curiosity I just googled a bit and found quite a lot of Japanese acts like Aretha Franklin, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Paramore, Morris Day, Ariana Grande, Natalie Cole and a few dozens more

          • Bubi.

            I love those Japanese acts.

    • HyperMoot .

      Watch of the week: Destruction Babies (Tetsuya Mariko, 2016)

      shot in Matsuyama and the small decayed seaport of Mitsuhama (Shikoku). A totally dysfunctional
      youngster engages in an endless streak of violence, targeting whoever he meets, from local yakuza to passers-by. He meets another weirdo and the fighting escalates to the point of no return. I was in sweat at the end of the movie and this is the most disturbing film I’ve seen in years. Great perfs from everyone, Yuya Yagira doesn’t have a lot to say being busy with punch rather than punch lines, Masaki Suda is simply awesome and Nana Komatsu shows once again she has enormous potential.
      @Yamakita: you might like that. Not a single character is likeable and the viewer is constantly put under pressure.

      Rewatch of the week: Helter Skelter (Mika Ninagawa, 2012). A feast in terms of graphics, a pamphlet against the excesses of the entertainment and the quest for fame at all costs. Great cast and Erika Sawajiri delivers a hell of a perf

      To watch: Over the fence (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2016)

      • yamakita

        Just the post I’ve been waiting for! Will watch these trailers religiously. I haven’t been able to find Over the Fence T_T

      • yamakita

        Destruction Babies — Fight Club Without A Cause. I’m a fan of Komatsu now.

        • HyperMoot .

          watched it already? wow, you’re fast. Nana Komatsu, ain’t she great? Smaller role than in Kanako but her acting and onscreen impact are just as big. That scene with the car door and Masaki Suda ++shock++

          • yamakita

            That was kinda bad ass, to be honest. It’s a sad movie and the main character is despicable. I wished many times that someone would put him out of his misery. The violence felt repetitive and the story seemed aimless, but I guess that’s the point! It’s like watching a terrible train wreck, but you can’t help but watch. I guess I’m just as terrible. The movie feels like the way of the world right now. Depressing for sure.

            • HyperMoot .

              “The movie feels like the way of the world right now. Depressing for sure” sure and what’s more it’s very realistic. Japan is on the whole a very safe country but in small, unheard of towns like Mitsuhama you do have some wackos like that. There’s some underlying message which I find interesting at the end of the movie with the festival (quite famous in the area), like that sort of violence kind of emerges from a very ancient, dark and unsophisticated rural Japan.

              • yamakita

                And it’s celebrated. The image of the festival kinda of reminds me of the ants duking it out between colonies.

                The random violence is also reminiscent of the subplot in Japanese Girls Never Die. I don’t think this kind of issues is only happening in Japan. It’s been happening a lot in the West, especially in the US. Think about all the random shootings. Or what’s happening in Europe/London lately. It’s as if human beings have been told to get along for a while, but maybe it’s against human nature to do so.

                The violence in this movie feels more real than news of random shootings. Punching is a very personal act because mostly likely the punchers feel the impact, too. There are many shots of the injuries on the back of the fists. The movies definitely gives off that hopeless vibe. I feel like I got some wrinkles from frowning so much.

            • AoZora

              I didn’t understand the whole purpose of violence in Destruction Babies…

              • yamakita

                I think that was the point–it was pointless. There was a certain level of irony with a comparison to the local festival. It seemed to ask why certain violence was okay if the end result might be the same. It meant to shock your senses since what the kids did seemed so senseless, but at one point did the audience become desensitized to it? Could that be why the kids behaved badly in the first place, because their circumstances had lead them to this level of desensitization that they needed to hurt people to feel anything?

                That’s what I took away from the movie, and why I compared to Fight Club.

      • Jo

        This and Yume wo Ataeru made me change my view on Komatsu acting. Girl has potential but too pretty and stuck with lotsa average roles.
        Violent scenes were hard to watch but so well executed.

        • HyperMoot .

          I haven’t watched the drama you mention maybe I should. I like her, there’s definitely something fascinating about her. Indeed, too bad she’s doing lots of gentle teenie flicks.

          • Skai

            You should watch My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday.
            It’s a very, very good film and Komatsu is AMAZING in it. The movie belongs to her and the male lead, Sota Fukushi who also acts very well.
            Also, given the kind of movie it is, I think you’d like it.

            • HyperMoot .

              thanks, I’ll have a go

              • Skai

                Awesome! Let me know what you think ^^

            • yamakita

              That movie definitely surprised me because it looks so much like a teenie movie, although I do like that genre for escapism. The underlying message is quite profound.

              • Skai

                That’s so true. It’s definitely a movie that leaves a long lasting impact.
                I won’t say anything else though, for HyperMoot and anyone else who hasn’t seen it :)

        • hasawa

          Nana Komatsu is one of the most boring japanese model/talento imo (she’s so BLAND…) but I really like her photography (i couldn’t tell about he acting though), a shame this part of her work never got publicized.

      • yamakita

        Helter Skelter — 24 min in and so far it’s pretty amazing, just like her boobs :D I normally cringe at the thought of any live-action because the casting is usually wrong, but this one is very well adapted. I think it vividly translates what is difficult to convey in the manga form at times. The commentaries are so well expressed in this that might have escaped me when I read the manga. Erika’s performance is excellent. I can’t think of any other actress pulling this off. Makes me even sadder about her recent drama, Haha ni Naru. She went from HS to a terrible drama. What a waste.

        • Midna

          I loved Erika in Helter Skelter. She did an amazing job. Her acting was great!

        • HyperMoot .

          great, so what do you think?

          • yamakita

            Like a bad acid trip, not that I would know how it’s like :) The performances are great. It seems like everyone went all out with a bit of tongue-in-cheek. It’s also hugely ironic because the filmmaker is part of this monster that she’s criticizing. Everybody plays his or her part and nobody gets hurt, for now.

            “…Sweet dreams are made of this…”

            • HyperMoot .

              glad you appreciated it. It’s in my top list of post 2000 Jmovies :) . Too bad Third Windows (a UK company) didn’t acquire it to release it on bluray or DVD in Europe, it could have become a cult movie like Memories of Matsuko and a few others they made available.

    • HyperMoot .

      out on July 26, dvd and bluray , Leo Ieiri’s Budokan

      • yamakita

        “This video contains content from Victor Entertainment, Inc.. It is not available in your country.”

        Why do they hate A-me-ri-ka so much T_T I also love that double periods after “Inc.”

    • deebosco

      WHEN THE FUCK WILL NAMIE AMURO RELEASE A NEW ALBUM DAMN IT

      • Guest145

        Maybe next year? I imagine she’ll make an album of completely new material like _genic, or release some low-key single collection like Uncontrolled.

    • ProllyWild

      There’s been an odd string of entertainers being exposed for having inappropriate relationships with underages girls lately…

      Weird times….

      Two more in the past month or so…

      • yamakita

        It’s prolly more prevalent than lead on. Which other two?

        • ProllyWild

          Utsunomiya Akira…not a major media name, but a rather popular enka(?) singer was arrested for soliciting sex with a minor if i recall correctly. Also a member of the pop opera group Le Velvets was also arrested for the same. Then this past weekend I believe a tv talent, Kumagai Yuki (shakoukai) prince was arrested for having pornographic material of a high school girl he was involved with.

          • yamakita

            Wow…!

    • yamakita

      This made me blush.

      https://youtu.be/26zZk_33Dek

    • HyperMoot .