Thursday, May 04, 2006

in the sun

today is The National Holiday. seriously. That's what it's called in the JET calendar. Yesterday was the Constitution memorial day and tomorrow is Children's Day. Three holidays in a row--Golden Week. Actually there is another holiday the preceeds this on April 29th and it's called Green Day. Not because of any environmental reasons. It's actually because the emperor before the current one used to like the color green and his birthday was celebrated on April 29th. but now that he is no longer the emperor his birthday is the national holiday and celebrates his favorite color. nice, eh?

so the japanese are on vacation. they are traveling and i have joined in the fun. am now on Tokashiki island and enjoying the relaxing sun filled days. It rained non-stop monday and tuesday so i was really afraid of a rained out vacation, but the Japanese weather service has been right all along, and it's warm, sunny, with a cooling wind.

on the fun irreverent side of things. this past weekend had a wonderful time discovering new places to party in Naha. went to a live music bar where the band plays covers of japanese and western songs from 50's onwards. people get up and get down. was a fun time, and all the band members are actually employees of the establishment and serve the customers between sets. ate at a wonderful thai restaurant whose outside decor has peeked my curiousity for 8 months now and the inside was 10x better. beautiful place with reasonably priced delicious thai food.
also enjoyed some karaoke and at both places we went found TATU songs to sing in Russian. that was great fun. yes, i know and like TATU songs from their first album in Russian. and it was really strange seeing cyrillic letters on a karaoke screen with a nonsensical video playing behind it.

am tired now. might have been in the sun too long today.

cheers

2 comments:

Xavier said...

Wow that sounds really amazing.

You wouldn't by chance know of any good sites online where one can buy Russian CDs? Because I've been looking for a Splean album for the longest time. I heard there song Moyo serdtse, and I've kinda wanted to get that album.

-e said...

incredible. i haven't thought about that song in a while, but it's the song that got me into Splin as well (Splin is a more common way of spelling the name of the band in English for search purposes). I did a quick lookaround and found them on Amazon, so the albums are out there. looked quickly through the albums but didn't see Moyo serdze listed. not sure why.
but here are the lyrics.
i love this song.
Сплин
Мое сердце
See the phonetic transcription table!

Мы не знали друг друга до этого лета
Мы болтались по свету в земле и воде
И совершенно случайно мы взяли билеты
Hа соседние кресла на большой высоте

И мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло
Мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло

И ровно тысячу лет мы просыпаемся вместе
Даже если уснули в разных местах
Мы идем ставить кофе под Элвиса Пресли
Кофе сбежал про Propellerheads, ах

И мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло
Мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло

И может быть ты не стала звездой в Голливуде
Hе выходишь на подиум в нижнем белье
У тебя не берут автографы люди
И поешь ты чуть тише, чем Монсеррат Кабалье

Hу и я, слава Богу, ни Рикки ни Мартин
Hе выдвигался на Оскар
Французам не забивал
Моим именем не назван город на карте,
Hо задернуты шторы и разложен диван

И мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло
Мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло

Я наяву вижу то, что многим даже не снилось
Hе являлось под кайфом,
Hе стучалось в стекло
Мое сердце остановилось
Отдышалось немного
И снова пошло

Мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло
Мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло

И мое сердце astalavista
Мое сердце замерло
И мое сердце остановилось
Мое сердце замерло