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Annyeong Franceska

One of the latest Korean drama series I watched is “Annyeong Franceska” (which translates either to Hello or Goodbye Franceska, although people tend to favor the first one). It’s a sitcom – although there are lots of scenes outside – and ran from January 2005 to February 2006 on MBC in South Korea.

The series is about one of the last vampire families who are sent by their leader (“The Great Andre”) to one of the safehouses in Japan. But they take the wrong ship and arrive in Seoul where the titular character bites the quite average, but overweight Du-il by accident and makes him a vampire. The six then try to make a living in Seoul. Spoilers follow next…

This sounds more serious, than it actually is. The vampires don’t have any particular weaknesses, nor do they have special powers. The family consists of Franceska, who is obsessed with gambling, can make a meal out of almost everything living and is most scary when she is wielding her axe. The only guy in the original vampire family, Kyeon, is dumb, his sister Elizabeth is a fashionista and the oldest of the group, Sophia, looks like 16.

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NHK STRL Open House – Future of Television

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NHK is to Japan, what the BBC is to the UK and ARD/ZDF to Germany: It’s the national public broadcasting organization. It’s funded by viewers’ payments which pays for the two main channels (NHK and NHK Education), radio channels, two satellite channels and overseas service (NHK World). Some of my favorite shows (like PythagoraSwitch) are running on NHK-E.

What many people don’t know is that NHK is also actively researching the future of broadcasting. NHK played an important role in the development of HDTV (high-definition television) and they continue to innovate to this day. Once a year, there is an “Open House” event and you can see what they are working on. Read the rest of this entry

TV & I

I don’t watch Japanese TV very often and prefer DVDs or podcasts instead. But there are a few shows I watch regularly, like Pythagora Switch and Doctor Who on NHK-E. Monday is the day when I watch TV the most: Smap x Smap (if I stay awake through the boring “Smap Bistro” part) and Ainori. In today’s episode of Ainori, they were in Germany. Unfortunately, I missed the episode where they were in Hamburg 😦

Meet Godzilla

When the German Fest was officially over, they made it clear that the people should leave as soon as possible. The organizers tied up the tents, collected everything still on the table and closed the shops. So we left and Kelly suggested that we take a short walk to Godzilla, or, to be more precisely, a statue of Godzilla. After a while we found the statue and it was smaller than expected. We all tried our best to get the best angle for a scary shot. I guess we took more pictures there than at the beer fest but later I deleted most of them.

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The part test

Even such a big holiday such as the golden week cannot stop the Monday – and the accompanying part test. The part test lasted for about two school hours and consisted of one page of Kanji readings and seven pages grammar etc. . The chairs were prepared beforehand and the second part of the test was only handed out after you’ve given back the Kanji one. The test itself was not hard per se but I’m afraid that I failed at the important questions. Those questions are the ones where you can get the most points per answer. Since the it was only a two-hour test, we had two regular lessons afterwards. We started with chapter 34 and watched an education video in the last hour. The video was and was about a young (american?) woman homestaying in Japan. She more or less sounded like a talking Barbie doll 😉

What’s on the tele? A kanji show – well sort of. For instance they had to write words such as shrimp, starfish, sea horse, dolphin in Japanese – which shouldn’t be so hard since they should know them from the restaurant menu. Another interesting question was “What’s the ‘ei’?”: They were given words that contained ‘ei’ (like eigo=english) and had to write the right Kanji for ‘ei’. Another time they had to choose one of ten topics (e.g. female nobel prize winners) or write the name of famous people in Katakana (like Einstein)

Watching Ii domo special

When you need something to brighten up your day, watch Japanese television. Today there was a show on tele called “Ii domo special”. The hosts were some guy from boy group SMAP and an older one with dark glasses who may look a bit Yakuza at first, but is quite funny. He hosts every broadcast in Japan except home shopping, news and the education channel of NHK – at least that’s my impression. Now the show was a contest of five teams which consisted of various Japanese show celebrities. I knew almost none of them, but the contests were great. The first one was to sing a popular Japanese song by only using sounds like “njanjanja”. The other team members had to guess the song and once they got it right they had to switch singers. Therefore everybody had to “sing”. If you didn’t know the song or couldn’t remember the melody you could say “Passu!” (I pass!) to switch the song and the singer. One woman used this on the song “Dear Woman” (by SMAP!!!) and you should have seen the shocked face of the SMAP singer. They seldomly used the “Passu” phrase.
Boxing was next and it was played on the Wii console which currently sells really well here. Epic fighting and the prestige duel between News and Kat-tun made this one of the highlights of the show. Another highlight was the host (not the SMAP one) who announced the contestants in a mixture of M. Buffer and a mexican. He managed to roll the “R” quite well, though it was probably quite hard for his voice chords.

Watching Japanese TV

I have a small TV in my bedroom so to improve my Japanese and out of curiosity, I switched through the channels. There are not as many as in Germany.

This here is an education program teaching German language. I assume that it’s for intermediate learners:
Japanese TV

“Trotz des Regens habt ihr Unterricht” (You will have lessons despite the rain)

The next one was downright scary, although it was made for children. It shows a man with a mask moving two hand puppets. Seriously he looks like an executioner! Of course the reason he wears the mask is to step back and not draw attention.

Japanese Television