A new beginning + 2017 Japanese dramas

皆さん、明けましておめでとうございます !

It’s a long while since the last time I wrote in this blog, so there are so many thing to say that I don’t know from where to start. 2017 was a year full of new things and changes and I was so absorbed by them that I completely neglected this blog. 2017 wasn’t a fruitful year for language learning, but I can’t say that my Japanese didn’t improve at all. I devoted most of the time to learning new words through reading articles, novels, etc. and I believe that my vocabulary has somehow expanded. Even though I tend to forget most of the words I write down in my notebook, reading more extensively than before helps me to learn new words even if my memory is worsening ahah. My writing skills are still awful because despite the good resolutions I didn’t practiced it at all. I really need to devote more time and energies to enhance my writing skills. To make up for it, I practiced my listening skills by watching dramas lol Here are the one I watched in 2017:

  1. 黒革の手帖 (Black Leather Notebook): 10/10black_leather_notebook_28201729-p1
  2. ブラックリベンジ (Black revenge): 10/10black_revenge-p1
  3. リバース (Reverse): 10/10reverse-tbs-2017-p01
  4. 愛してたって秘密はある (My lover’s secret): 10/10i_love_you2c_but_i_have_a_secret-p02
  5. 監獄のお姫さま (Prison princesses): 10/10prisons_princess-p01
  6. 嘘の戦争 (War of lie): 8/10
  7. 楽園 (Rakuen): 9/10
  8. 女の中にいる他人 (Onna no naka ni iru tanin): 8/10
  9. お母さん、娘をやめていいですか (Mom, may I quit being your daughter?): 8/10
  10. A LIFE~愛しき人~: 9/10
  11. 恋が下手でも生きてます (Koi ga heta demo ikitemasu): 8/10
  12. 北斗 ある殺人者の回心 (Hokuto): 9/10 (this drama literally made me cry)
  13. 犯罪症候群 (Criminal syndrome): 9/10
  14. 僕、運命の人です (I’m your destiny): 9/10
  15. パパ活 (Papa katsu): 6/10
  16. 屋根裏の恋人 (Lurker in the Garret): 7/10
  17. 今からあなたを脅迫します (May I blackmail you?): 9/10

I wish you a wonderful 2018, hoping that will ne fruitful for language learning 🙂

 

Dramas of 2016

As the end of the year is approaching, is time to write a list of the 2016 dramas I watched (: Let’s begin with the three I liked the most!

  • Naomi to Kanako

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  • Watashi kekkon dekinainjanakute, shinaindesu

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  • Suna no tou

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  • Otosan to yobasete (9/10)
  • Haburashi onna tomodachi (8/10)
  • Itoshikute (7/10)
  • Boku no yabai tsuma (8/10)
  • Hi no ko (8/10)
  • Kakkou no tamago (7/10)
  • Suki na hito ga iru koto (8/10)
  • On ijou hanzai sousakan Todo Hinako – stopped watching
  • Soshite daremo inakunatta – stopped watching
  • Kenja no ai (9/10; I would have given it 10/10 if it had lasted longer)
  • Jimi ni sugoi (8/10)
  • Kuroi 10-nin no onna (8/10)
  • Kakuregiku (8/10)

Then there are other two dramas I watched, but they aren’t of this year: Yakou Kanransha and Ichiro (the only jidaigeki I watched in 2016 T_T)

Even though I watched some fantastic dramas, overall 2016 dramas weren’t as good as I expected. Hope to watch amazing dramas in 2017 ahaha

砂の塔

It seems that I’m continuing to update the blog less often than I used to D: 

These weeks have been quite busy, but I’ve managed to keep the good habit of studying Japanese every morning (: During the past days I studied a new chapter of the grammar textbook and learned some kanji and new words. I listened to podcasts while going to university and watched dramas ^ ^

So far, my favourite drama of this season is 砂の塔. This suspense drama is so good that I even thought to stop watching it because I couldn’t bear the tension ahah

Yesterday I watched the 6th episode and, well, I fell in love with the antagonist after seeing how beautiful she was while wearing a kimono lol


I like the OST too, especially because the lyrics are connected with the themes of the drama (;

そこに住めば どんな願いも 叶うと言われる 愛の城
だけどなぜか みんな笑顔は ハロウィンのパンプキン

早く寝なさいと ママの爪が光る
あなたは今 どこにいて 私を見ているの

探しても 探しても 目の前は砂嵐
積み上げた 喜びも すぐに埋もれた

幸せも 裏切りも いつもそばにあるよ

上に行くほど 傾いた塔 安定はしない

南向きの大きな窓のガラスははめ殺されている
北から来る神のヒントに振り向くこともない

下から帰って上から召されてく
甘い匂い染み込ませたパーティー始めよう

誰よりも高い場所から誰かにこっそり見られたい
雲に太陽のライフが刺さって

教えてよコウノトリ 私はどこへ行くの
ボ口ボ口の未来図の毛布にくるまれ

探しても探してもすぐにまた砂嵐
温かい母の手をいつか握りしめ

オレンジの馬車に積んだ黄色い力ーネーション

上に行くほど傾いた塔

安定はしない

太陽に近い 

(source)

Naomi to Kanako

The other day I finished watching all the winter dramas I had planned to watch… Well, actually I didn’t watch two of the six dramas in my list (Kera and Chikaemon, because I didn’t find the former and I found the latter only without subtitles, so it was really difficult to understand because the language used was not only archaic, but also contaminated by expressions in Osaka dialect).

The drama I liked the most is Naomi to Kanako. As you now I’m addicted to suspense dramas, and this one was really captivating! After finishing watching an episode, I was always eager for the unfolding of the story in the next episode 😀 I highly recommend this drama.

I also love the OST!

I’ll never gonna let it go

もうここに自由はない

繰り返したくないって

嘆いて

雨が降って

それでも走って

光が差し込む場所まで

Oh 生き抜いてみせる

荒れた心とざやか

Ooh 悲しみの永遠に

この運命と戦っていく

Don’t wanna cry no more

ここから抜け出そう

Don’t wanna hurt no more

自由を手にするまで

諦めるにはまだ少し早すぎる

Don’t wanna cry no more

Oh 流れるままに 生きてても

on my mind Where

愛の行方

愛してたって傷つけ合って

もう繰り返したくない

振り向かない

強くなりたい

たまに振り回されても

Ooh この想いが

揺るがない

もう心に決めたから

Don’t wanna cry no more

ここから抜け出そう

Don’t wanna hurt no more

自由を手にするまで

諦めるにはまだ少し早すぎる

Don’t wanna cry no more

どんなに 強い雨に打たれたって

今の私にか守るものがある

I’ll never gonna let go

正義をかがけたって

誰も救えない

だから今は生き抜く力を

この手に

Don’t wanna cry no more

ここから抜け出そう

Don’t wanna hurt no more

自由を手にするまで

諦めるにはまだ少し早すぎる

Don’t wanna cry no more

Don’t wanna cry, don’t wanna cry

Don’t wanna cry no more

(source)

Dramas I’m planning to watch

Winter’s started, so I’ve made a list of the winter dramas I’d like to watch (:

1. Haburashi Onna Tomodachi

  

I watched to episodes and so far it seems quite interesting.

2. Itooshikute

  

I usually don’t watch this genre of dramas, but I think that I shouldn’t watch only suspence and historical dramas xD

3. Naomi to Kanako

   

I’ve just finished the first episodes and I’m already absorbed by it.

2. Chikaemon

  

This is the only jidaigeki in my list T_T

5. Otosan to yobasete 

 I usually don’t watch comedies, by I want to give this drama a chance (;

2015 dramas

Finally Christmas holidays have begun and the end of the year is getting closer and closer, so it’s time to write the list of all the dramas I watched during the year 😀

  • Atsuhime 10/10 (2008)
  • Osen 7/10 (2008)
  • JIN 1&2 10/10 (2009, 2011): my favourite jidaigeki together with Tempest
  • Youkoso, wagaya e 10/10 (2015)
  • Answer 9/10 (2012)
  • Marumaru tsuma 10/10 (2015)
  • Tsuma wa kunoichi 8/10 (2013): I didn’t like the story very much, but I loved the atmosphere (:
  • Hana moyu (2015): I haven’t finished watching it yet, but I think the vote is 8/10 because I found the first episodes quite boring
  • Hanasaki mai ga damatteinai 1&2 9/10 (2014, 2015): I really enjoyed this dorama, so I hope there will be a 3rd season too ^^
  • Ghost writer 10/10 (2015)
  • N no tame ni 10/10  (2014): This is absolutely one of my favourite dramas!
  • Utsukushiki wana 8/10 (2015)
  • Siren 8/10 (2015): I was a amazed at the first seven episodes, but then the story turned out to be quite disappointing T_T
  • Border 6/10 (2014)
  • Godan: this is still airing

This year I watched two Korean dramas too:

  • The moon embracing the sun: I really loved it, but the end was preatty expected
  • Queen In-hyun’s man: I started watching this with Japanese subtitle while I was still syudying Korean, but eventually I stopped watching it

 

 

New 大奥

Some days ago Fuji TV announced the release of two new special of the serie 大奥 starring Sawajiri Erika.

 
I watched only 大奥’s 2006 movie, but after watching Atsu Hime I got interested in the world of the inner chamber. Most of dramas are about samurai or the middle classes in Edo, so it’s interesting to watch dramas that give a vision of history from a different point of view (; 

I don’t know well Sawajiri Erika (I saw her only in ようこそ、我が家へ), but I can say that the luxury kimonos worn by high ranked ladies suit her lol