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Japan Festival 2012, Part 1

Yes, I still live, and have finally gotten around (or should I say: I could finally be arsed) to editing and uploading the videos I shot at the Japan Festival in Amstelveen on 9 and 10 June 2012.

The festival has been around for some time as an Asian-themed festival as far as I could tell, and in 2010 it was decided it  should uniquely celebrate the relations between Japan and The Netherlands, renaming it the Japan Festival. With the tsunami last year however, the 2011 edition was cancelled, so this was the first time the festival was held in this form.

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What’s in the Box – Episode 2

Episode 2 of my What’s in the Box series is now uploaded, watch it below – now in glorious 1080p with good audio, thanks to the wonders of my new Nikon D7000 and Audio-Technica ATR-3350 microphone!

… and me actually looking up some tips about filming with a DSLR, instead of just fumbling around like I did with the previous videos (except the Japanmarkt ones, I knew what I was doing there) ^.^;;

Anyhow, enjoy the video!

Raiden’s Yosakoi Performance at the Japanmarkt 2012

Here are two videos of the yosakoi performance by the Leiden University Yosakoi group ‘Raiden’ (雷電) in the garden of the Sieboldhuis in Leiden on Sunday 27 May 2012. The first is an original medley, the second a more traditional routine.

Yosakoi is a very energetic, relatively modern style of Japanese dance, combining traditional styles of dancing with modern music. Click here for more information on Wikipedia, because I don’t know that much about it myself.

Enjoy the videos!

Click here for more information about the Sieboldhuis and the Japanmarkt.

Still alive, have a video!

Yes, I am still alive!

I got a bit caught up with buying a new camera (an ass-kicking Nikon D7000), playing games (Ghost Recon Online beta and DayZ), and taking final exams (which I should’ve almost all passed), and this little site got pushed to the side a bit.

Anyway, I’m back now, and I’ve been to the Japanmarkt (Japanese Market) today, organised by the Sieboldhuis in Leiden. The weather was absolutely beautiful, so I got to play around with my camera for a bit. Shot a few photos and a few short videos, the first of which you can watch below. The others I’ll upload over the next few days, as well as the photo-review for Fiolina Germi. Hopefully once that’s all done I’ve received the film-lamp I ordered, and I can finally shoot proper indoor video footage for the unboxings to come, so watch out for that.

Here’s the first video, one of Taiko Kids’ short performances outside the Sieboldhuis, enjoy!

Click here for more information about the Sieboldhuis and the Japanmarkt.

Unboxing: Fiolina Germi by Embrace Japan

Today’s unboxing: Fiolina Germi from Metal Slug 4 by Embrace Japan.

Please forgive me for mispronouncing her name for the entire video – I really shouldn’t record these when I’m tired.

As usual – watch it at 720p or it’ll look horrible.

Bought from Hobbystock for ¥8316 (RRP ¥8800).

Fiolina Germi on My Figure Collection.