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Sakura – Japanese Cherry Blossom Montage Video

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Sakura – Japanese Cherry Blossoms have been a part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years. They’re the subject of countless poems from waka to haiku.

The Short Happy Life of the Cherry Blossom

This is a photo montage I actually put up a year ago but never made public. It contains shots that I have taken over the years in different locations of sakura. You’ll see scenes from Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Himeji and few places you may not be aware of such as Ofuna and it’s giant Kannon statue. I put in a few Japanese poems to go along with the photos.

The geisha are from the Miyako Odori which is an annual geisha pulbic dance performance in Gion.

Music by the Secret Commonwealth:

The Secret Commonwealth

Samurai Dave vs the Juhyo: Japanese Monster Trees of Mt. Zao!!!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Here I face off against the deadly Juhyo – Japanese Monster trees of Mt. Zao – and live to tell the tale!

Juhyo trees are created by snow and ice mixed together by freezing strong Siberian winds that turns them into distorted monsters.

Juhyo Japanese Monster Trees

Samurai Dave meets Youtuber Gimmeabreakman at Japanese Penis Festival

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
I went to the Honen-Sai Fertility festival again in the Nagoya area. I bumped into a fellow Youtuber, Gimmeabreakman, who has quite a market share of subscribers and views. He does a number of videos on Japanese culture, language, and on the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Dezomeshiki: FireFighting Japanese Style

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Here’s a video and blog I did on Dezomeshiki - A firefighting demonstration and parade put on every year by the Tokyo Fire Department. It features the hikeshi - old Japanese firefighters - doing acrobatics on ladders. The girl in ... [Continue reading this entry]

St. Patrick’s Day in an Irish Pub in Tokyo

Saturday, March 8th, 2008
Here’s a video I made last year about St. Patrick’s Day festivities in an Irish Pub in the heart of Tokyo with a brief interlude of Danny Boy being sung at a festival Enka Style. [Continue reading this entry]