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Blues Brother Rigby & Blues Sister Mayumi with Wally/Waldo
Yes, We Found Him!!!
Whatever you do tomorrow night, have fun!
The Tenjin Festival fireworks viewed from a friend’s balcony
The literal translation of “hanabi” is “flower fire,” which is a great name! Unfortunately, it means nothing in English.
Fireworks are an important part of celebrations all over the world. Enjoy the fireworks tonight! And enjoy the festival!
A couple of girls in summer kimonos row a boat past a river-side summer festival
Summer festivals in Japan wouldn’t be the same without yukata. In English, we don’t have a special word for yukata. However, everybody knows kimono. If you call a yukata a “summer kimono,” all English speakers will know exactly what you’re talking about.
On September 8th, 1966, the very first episode of Star Trek was aired on American TV. I was nearly 3 years old. American TV shows were usually broadcast 3 or 4 years later in Australia. I was 6 or 7 when Star Trek had its first run in Australia. It was groundbreaking [trying new things] TV, addressing such taboo [not usually talked about] subjects for the time as sexual equality & liberation, racial descrimination and integration, the futility of war, and even the explotation of the working class – dangerous topics for the establishment [government & big businesses] to allow in the middle of the Cold and Vietnam Wars. (As I was only 6 or 7, these topics were not the main attraction – I was mostly interested in the monsters!) For this reason, the program ran very late – around 11:00pm (just before the TV stations used to turn off for the night!). I used to beg my parents to let me stay up and watch it. Sometimes they did!
The original series only ran for 3 years. However, apparentlty I wasn't the only 6 or 7-year-old begging his parents to let him stay up late. After the show was cancelled, it just became more and more popular. Eventually, it was the basis of 5 new TV series and 10 movies! (Click here for more info in English or Click here for more info in Japanese)
And it's not over yet! Today the newest movie starts in Japan. Whether you're a big fan or totally new to the series, I recommend you “boldly go” to the movies this weekend to check it out.
For photos of the 35th anniversary of Star Trek party we held in 2001 (Click here!)
Live long and prosper!
The cover of the first ever Batman comic (Copyright DC Comics)
If you don’t know the story of how Bruce Wayne became the Batman, I recommend you check out Batman Begins , starring Christian Bale.