New Kyary Pamyu Pamyu “Tokyo Highway” English Lyrics Translation

Well, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Pika Pika Fantajin has been out for a few weeks now, and has done fairly well for itself. Reasonably favorable reviews in the Western press, combined with reaching number one on the Oricon charts are all solid achievements for the Harajuku-moppet turned International Ambassador of Kawaii. This song hasn’t had an associated video released, but it’s a fun little ditty with a nice poppy melody. It’s no Yume no Hajima Ring Ring, but it fits well on the overall album. Check out my other translations from this album, with Family Party, Hitomi Serious and Kira Kira Killer. And as always, feel free to follow along on TwitterTumblr and Facebook :)

This is my personal translation! Feel free to share it, but as always, PLEASE CREDIT AND LINK BACK :)

Under the cut, the lyrics for Tokyo Highway orトーキョーハイウェイ:

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Today’s Watercolor: Hello Kitty n’est pas un chat

The internet veritably exploded today with the news that Hello Kitty is not, in fact, a cat. Christine Yano, an anthropologist from the University of Hawaii, is currently curating an upcoming Hello Kitty retrospective at the Japanese American National Museum, and in her talks with Sanrio came to the conclusion that Miss Kitty is not, in fact a cat.

While everyone has been throwing their Continue reading

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Gunma-chan Manjū!

We had just gotten back from lunch, when my lovely supervisor sidled up to my desk.

“Psst…Alice, you should go to the meeting room.”

I didn’t think I was missing a meeting, and she didn’t seem stressed or worried. If anything, there was a sneaky, playful feeling. Were we going to hide in the air conditioning, away from the sweltering staff room?

“And you should bring your phone!”

Now I knew something was up.

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Starbucks Coffee Jelly Frappuccino and the History of Coffee in Japan

Well, dear Starbucks lovers, it’s been a while since I reviewed the Green Siren’s newest offering. In fact, we’re already on the second (maybe third?) drink since the Happy Yellow Fresh Banana Frappuccino. This was already the 6th rollout of the year, and I must admit that even I have suffered a bit from new drink fatigue. It seems as if drinks are lasting shorter and shorter, and after Continue reading

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United Arrows Shaved Ice

One of my absolute favorite things about Japan is the profusion of shaved ice in the summer time. From the Dom Pérignon shaved ice at the Grand Prince Takanawa (it’ll set you back a cool ¥30,000, or about $300, but it serves seven!) to the surprisingly passable ¥134 special at the 7-11, there’s options to satisfy every craving.

Recently I had an urge for a somewhat traditional style, so I decided to check out the tea room at the United Arrows in Harajuku. A good ways away from the crushing Continue reading

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Today’s watercolor: The Snake Bucket Challenge!


I nominate you all! ;)

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Today’s Watercolor: Obon Cucumber Horse & Eggplant Cow

Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a crazy summer so far. Between my presentation at Otakon and the World Heritage Tour in Tomioka, I’ve barely had time to paint anything, let alone post. Luckily this weekend I finally had a chance to get out my paints!

Since I arrived back in Japan just in time for Obon, I decided to Continue reading

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