Attending a Japanese Summer Festival (in Singapore)

September 6, 2011

Here on Actar’s Reviews, we’re not all about Anime and Figures and Japanese Popular Culture, but Traditional Japanese Culture as well.

Today, I went down to the Japanese Summer Festival held in Singapore, organized by the Japanese Association, Singapore. The Summer Festival is widely celebrated in Japan and is a staple in Slice of Life Anime like Lucky Star and Ichigo Mashimaro. The Summer Festival is held every year at the Japanese Primary School (Changi Campus) and aims to provide an authentic Japanese Summer Festival experience in Singapore.

It is an exceedingly popular event and is attended by both Japanese and locals alike. This being my first time at the event, I brought along my camera so that I could share the experience with all of you.

First, the multitude of stalls selling everything from traditional Japanese food to festival favorites to small souvenirs.

Next, we come to the game stalls. Many Summer Festival essentials are there including the Shooting Gallery and Balloon Yo-Yo Fishing. Sadly, Goldfish Scooping was axed by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

Lastly, we have the traditional Bon-odori (Bon Dance) where anyone can gather around the main stage and join in the festivities. Once night falls, the even commences.

With that, the Summer Festival comes to a close. While there were no fireworks, JAS did a bang up job in recreating the feel and atmosphere of Summer Festival in Japan. Me, my family and everyone else there certainly had a blast.


2011 Summer Anime Season Opinions and Recommendations… Thus Far

July 15, 2011

Whee!!! The summer season is upon us and as always, I have yet to finish most of my previous season’s anime. But, considering that I still have one month of Summer Vacation left, I was able to, believe it or not, watch the first episodes of most of the anime on offer this season!

A feat deserving of a standing ovation… if I do say so myself. Anyways, here are my brief opinions on this season’s shows based solely on the first episode together with my rating.

In the immortal words of Mario, “Here We Go!”

WARNING: Absolutely 0 plot spoilers in this post! (^o^)

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The Plagiarism of Summer Wars?

February 3, 2011

Both Summer Wars (2009) and the Second Digimon Movie: Bokura no War Game (2000) were both directed by Mamoru Hosoda… and on closer inspection, these two movies might have more in common than just being directed by the same person.

Following the jump will be detailed comparison between the two movies inclusive of plot details, screenshot comparisons and more. Those who have not watched either movie yet (or at least haven’t watched Summer Wars), please do so because they are both phenomenal movies.

(SUPER PICTURE HEAVY. Don’t get me started on how long the entire post took to complete…)

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Summer Wars Is Playing in Cathay Cineplexes

February 24, 2010

To those in Singapore, watch it, support it, so that we can get more Anime Movies in Singapore.

I’ll be watching it. Come on, it’s directed ny Mamoru Hosoda (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo, DIGIMON THE MOVIE). Oh yeah…


Updates, Upcoming Stuff and Anime

September 6, 2009

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First of all, I do have to thank everyone for visiting my blog from those of you who are fans of my weekly video review series ‘Actar’s Reviews’ to those of you are just a visiting fellow Okaku. It really means a lot to me and I do appreciate your viewership, support, encouragement and comments.

So on to the main issue at hand.

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