NihonGO NOW!: The Award-Winning Japanese Web Series

Breaking news for Japanese learners! An academically remarkable Japanese language educational web series NihonGO NOW! just came out on YouTube for everyone. Today Hiroki Ohsawa, an international award-winning film director with 12 wins and 14 nominations, leads us to the behind-the-scenes of the most cinematic language courseware.

CP: Hi Hiroki. Congratulations for releasing your new work!

HO: Thanks! NihonGO NOW! is a 12-episode Japanese language educational web series which I wrote, produced, and directed. It’s based on a textbook series by the same name.

CP: Interesting! Can you please tell us about NihonGO NOW! textbook series as well?

HO: NihonGO NOW! textbook series is a beginning-level Japanese language textbook series which was authored by Mari Noda (The Ohio State University, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures), Patricia Wetzel (Portland State University), Ginger Marcus (Washington University in St. Louis), Stephen D. Luft (University of Pittsburgh), Shinsuke Tsuchiya (Brigham Young University), and Masayuki Itomitsu (Linfield College). Level 1 (two volumes) textbooks and Activity Books are expected to be published from Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group in July, 2020.

CP: Even though the web series was made for an educational purpose, it had won several awards in different film festivals, right?

HO: Yes. I personally have never heard of any language educational videos which got an award in film festivals. However, NihonGO NOW! web series earned two awards and two nominations as the best web series in multiple film festivals. Those titles proved that this web series is not only a group of educational videos but also a series of authentic films with a story.

CP: How did you achieve this perfect harmony with course developing and storytelling as a filmmaker?

HO: The story is about three Americans who learn and use Japanese to participate in Japanese culture in Japan and the US, and I needed to make the consistent story structure with character arcs with linguistically simple dialogues from the original textbook series word for word. In order to overcome the limitation, I used the core technique of filmmaking "Show, don't tell." I described characters' emotions nonverbally with acting and scene descriptions, gave the understandable flow and connections between isolated episodes, and made them into one entire story. This process upgraded this web series from being just a set of educational videos to more cinematic episodes.

CP: That already sounds very epoch-making, but what is the most innovative part of this courseware through the academic perspective?

HO: The main characters. The story has three protagonists, an African American woman, a Chinese American man, and a Caucasian American woman. As we see in current Hollywood film industry, this is the era of diversity and so are Japanese learners. The story doesn't focus on one person, one ethnicity, one gender, but different types of people who all audience can relate to.

CP: Can you please give a message to our readers.

OH: You can enjoy “real Japan” in NihonGO NOW! web series. Real Japanese people, real Japanese behaviors, real Japanese conversations, real Japanese situations, real Japanese locations, etc... All real for educational and filmmaking purpose. Even three American protagonists speak perfect Japanese. There might be a Season Two, so stay tuned!

 

Watch NihonGO NOW! web series from: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLELpHNkYhXHQifNNpTEuoWkX_EmqsJwJL

Buy NihonGO NOW! textbook from:

Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/products/search?keywords=NihonGO+NOW%21 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=NihonGO+NOW%21&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

Hiroki Ohsawa Productions: https://hirokiohsawa.wixsite.com/hirokiohsawa

 

Stay tuned with El Mo3: Pandemic Emergency Release!

 

CP: Hello, how are you doing in the pandemic? 

EM: Hi, Overall I feel good. Doing my best not to worry about whats going on. I AM staying away from the News channels & eating healthy and drinking lots of water in the hopes I do not catch this virus

 

CP: How the pandemic affected your daily life? 

EM: To be completely honest. It hasn’t effected me as much because I usually only hang out with very few people. All close friends of mine and that is if I am not working. i am dedicated to staying in the studio. Majority of the time I am working.  The one thing I wish I could do though is see my parents.  Unfortunately for their protection I must not see them. 

 

CP: Did you want to give people an extra bit of happiness and motivate them while being locked out? 

EM:  Yes, I want people to have a moment of time where their problems are forgotten.  Getting lost in the music for anyone is such an important part of what I do. The artists I listen to do that for me.  So why not pass that on.  

 

CP: What inspires you now when things got so crazy? 

EM: The madness inspires me. It helps me work. I’ve always been brave during tough times. Tough situations will either make or break a person. For me especially now that we are under quarintine, isolating self can be such a tool while on the path to self discovery. 

 

CP: By the way, why El Mo3, what does your name mean? 

EM: In Italian EL MO Means The PROTECTOR. I am using my platform as a way to give to people and help make history. Huge fan of DeadMau5 and loved what he did with his name.  So I thought wouldn’t it be cool to have a 3 at the end. Plus the name was brought up to me by my friend Ricky Tepperberg. 

 

CP: We know that music is not the only passion of yours. How about gaming? It must be a gamer's paradise today, isn't it? 

EM: OMG YES and it will only become much bigger.  Ive been participating in Tournaments before E-sports was around.  Gaming for me is a good way to take a break from the music. I have fun but sometimes I need a break from the games as well. 

 

CP: If you'll be able to play with any artist alive or dead, who would it be? 

EM: FRANK SINATRA. I can never have to much of Frank. 

Alive for sure DeadMau5.  Joel is one of those guys that just never stops working and he never switched styles of music for any reason. He is the same ole Joel.  

 

CP: What is your professional goals for 2020? Any new releases? 

EM: I am currently producing a tech house album. I released my first EP on February 28th which is still doing really well.  At the end of the year I will do another EP.  Another goal of mine is to be featured on Billboard magazine.  

 

CP: What is your biggest dream? 

EM:  DJ MAINSTAGE AT TOMORROWLAND. 

 

CP: What is your inspirational quote of the day? 

EM: Live in the Moment. Tomorrow is Never PROMISED. 
 

 

Listen to El Mo3's tracks at Spotify

 

 

 

Get Your Business Started Today With Donette Dawn

For as long as Donnette can remember she has been focused on financial security, the autonomy to take where you came from, let it shape you yet allow yourself the choice to create your own future. She has two amazing books “Beauty in Business” and “Got Business Credit?” where she will teach you exactly how to find your own way for financial independency and freedom! 

 

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“EVOLUTION” OF ERO SEAGULL: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

 
 The Greek – Canadian Alternative Hip Hop Artist released her debut album Evolution on June 14th with EMI Universal. The album consists of eleven (11) songs that were written and recorded during a twelve-month period in Athens, Greece at The Cave Studio and the studio Future Perfect. It is produced by Ero Seagull, Dieselbytes Supreme, Marilena Orfanou (Someone Who Isn't Me), mrpc (Afrocream) and engineered and mastered by Ekelon and Selini.
 
Ero Seagull first appeared in the music contest The Peoples Music Awards in London where she won the judges’ round in the “Off the beaten track” category for Unison | Breath of Life. She went to give her first concert in the venue Scala and she has also played a live gig in The World Festival of Music & Drama in Lahore with her composition Craters on the moon.
 
CP: Hi Ero, how are you today?
ES: Hi! I'm good, thank you for having me!
 
CP: Congratulations on your debut album! Your music style is quite special, mix of electro hip hop songs, rock, EDM and funk elements. How would you call your genre?
ES: I don't think I belong in a genre; each song is very different to the other. My genre is mixed.
 
CP: Where does your passion for music come from?
ES: My passion for music comes from an inner need to express my thoughts as well as communicate them to the people. I've always been an entertainer. As a kid I used to make people laugh now I wish to cheer them up, make them think or even simply give them something to dance to.
 
CP: One of your songs tells about Romeo’s vision of love, right? Do you think that Shakespeare’s story is eternal in the sense of problems that lovers face? Time changes, but the things people deal with persist… do you agree?
ES: Yes, it is eternal! Romeo and Juliet is my ideal kind of love. The kind of love I wish for myself minus the dramatic death, haha. They died when they were young and in a pure unjaded state of heart, which was as open as it gets. This is archetypical energy. As an archetype to me this represents the idea of unconditional love, as seeing the other as yourself. Of course, we have taken notice of the fact that they die in their prime, both were unable to see their own existence without the other and this kind of vision of love breaks all. Of course it becomes a tragedy when they are fated to misunderstand the others state. This then leads to the dramatic choice to join the other, as separation is an impossibility. It is the chaos and hatred of the outside world which leads to their premature end. But obviously this is where romance comes in, she dies beautiful and untouched and untainted by cynicism. So does he. All whilst gliding on a wave of passion. Because such passion could end no other way. Like a shooting star they are destined to light up the sky for a few blessed seconds. Till they again fade into darkness. I agree with you that problems that lovers face persist. My parents lived something similar at their twenties as they came from different backgrounds for my mom came from a rich family and her mom didn't want her Romeo who was a normal young man. I still haven't found my Juliet but I believe that she is out there and love always finds its way, you can find your Juliet when you're older but you must have a pure complete heart and not be cynical to live it as passionately as it's meant to be.
 
CP: When did you start playing music?
ES: I started playing piano as a kid and when I grew older I learned to play drums and guitar on my own. I like to learn more instruments, now I've taken a banjo. At my studio I have loads of instruments. Spending time with music is the greatest healer.
 
CP: Many artists and creators struggle with finding their own voice. What way is your way to establishing originality and personal touch in your creations?
ES: I like breaking stereotypes. I guess finding my own voice was never an issue. I always knew who I was, even though I believe in Socrates' words “The only thing I know, is that I know nothing.” So there is everything to learn about oneself until we go to the other world, but until we do your self is everything and nothing at the same time. Perhaps I am not a typical in terms of my cultural identity, gender, world view or all of the complex combinations that we believe make up a personality. The way I have always approached life is to be accepting and non-judgemental. I often use the word "pure" to describe a state of being that I aim to be and keep alive in my loved ones. So music is an extension of my heart, my story, it is my essence being sounded out. An essence that is not restricted in doubt or lack of love, I know unconditional love and I believe I give freely, always there is room to improve technically, but I hope some of the things I have lived through in terms of consciousness can bring me together with audiences.
 
CP: Your song “The Gospel” went viral and got reposted many times by US bloggers. Why do you think it resonated with the public?
ES: It was the timing actually, I sent it to one music blogger who loved it and posted it and then it went viral. I believe it is quite unique in terms of a having someone saying she is Jesus Christ and talking from a perspective that has never been heard before. The track is based in the theory of sadness that has both Jesus' beloved (Judas and Mary Magdalene) being the most trusted ones and the most misunderstood. For it is believed in this theory that Jesus had a love affair with Mary Magdalene and that He asked Judas to hand him over to the authorities. Therefore, Judas kissed him before they took Him.  I love the enormous 808 beat that Dieselbytes Supreme did, it is a blessed song. We all work to bring the best outcome in general, so chances are it will go well.
 
CP: We heard you are now working on the next single “My Baby”. What inspires you for this one?
ES: I am a borderline personality among other things, not in a big level but I am one and it is about borderline personality. I had a relationship that was fully borderline and I recognise what we do in terms of dissociation. I also talked to other people who dated a borderline and I wished to write a song about it to raise awareness and send my daemons away. At first when you will hear it you'll think I am talking down on my ex but I wanted to mention all the things that scarred me and further on the song I sing from a perspective that gets her and has compassion. At no circumstance did I think I was a victim, I don't believe in that. I believe that in a relationship of two people that is problematic both share responsibility. As a Greek saying says "As you make your bed you will lay in it". A toxic relationship is based on dynamics. If one is letting the flow in the hands of the other it's not the other's fault.  Leon Rhymes (Too Many T’s) gave the initial idea in a recording with stems he’d sent for "What’s in a Romeo". I picked it and crewed up with Marilena Orfanou (Someone Who Isn't Me) and Ekelon and turned it into a song. The outcome makes my heart sing it stays with you.
The video clip of “My Baby” will be directed by Antony Glaros an up and coming award-winning director maker of the "Job Interview" and "The Chandelier".   
 
CP: Is that true, that you are writing a book?
ES: Yes it is called "Ero and the Remembrance" and it is about my experience being in a borderline episode. I've lived the life of Romeo and Juliet but it was all in my fantasy world. I had met in uni a girl named Crystal and I fell in love with her but I couldn't talk to her so I took drugs in order to do so which brought me to an episode. I used to be with her but the problem is that she wasn't there. I thought I was the reincarnation of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was that girl. "The Gospel" was my reality when I was on that episode. The book will be published next week by Ostria Publications.
 
CP: How our readers can keep up with the publication updates?
ES: I guess the best way is either by adding me on Instagram or liking my page on Facebook. I always update them with my news.
 
CP: When will your next single be released?
ES: My Baby will be released soon. I have no idea yet what is the exact release date to be honest as our world is facing strange times.
 
CP: You are also working on the new video clips of “My Baby” and “What’s in a Romeo”. How does the work go?
ES: What's in a Romeo was going to be filmed next week by Dimitra Tampasi a great director who has the most beautiful vision about the song but we've actually postponed the shootings of both as I don't wish for anyone’s health to be jeopardised.
 
CP: What are you biggest projects for 2020?
ES: I had my first big gig for my debut album next week as well but haha when we make plans God laughs. But we shouldn't let this virus get us down, we should be creative and continue our work. After My Baby I will be preparing a new album.
 
CP: What is your biggest dream right now?
ES:

 My biggest dream is for the world to go as it was before this virus appeared. I appreciate so much more the freedom we had. This feels like a Hollywood sci-fi movie. So my biggest dream is health for the world!
 
CP: What is your motivational quote of the day?
ES: Be safe and stay indoors and be creative!
 
CP: Thank you so much, Ero, for finding time for the interview! We wish you a lot of success in your wonderful creations! 


ES: Thank you!
 
Follow Ero Seagull on her social media:
 
Listen to Ero’s music:
Spotify: bit.ly/eroseagull 

Interview with CEO of Knotty Brand Saif Taj and Designer Mrs. Tazeen Saif

World is spinning over faster and faster…  Trends come and go but true classics persist. In the busy world of business and pleasure here comes the unprecedental bag that combines all you possibly need! KNOTTY ClutchBag is the first portable clutch bag of its kind that not only looks sleek and fashionable, but is also highly organized and compartmentalized so you can use it for work, laptops, play, and even dates. At KNOTTY brand, we want to capture the connection between what you wear, why you wear it, and how you wear it. The KNOTTY ClutchBag does just that – it fits where you are with where you’re going, and it looks great the entire time. Every brand in existence today treats bags as either fashionable and fun or professional and boring. There is no in-between. You have to come home and change your folio or work bag for something like a clutch that is more appropriate when you go out on the town. There’s no bag that is able to do it all for you, from just one structure No more switching after work. No more boring and generic work bags. Now you have your KNOTTY with perfectly organized and functional compartments! Not least, no more forgetting and loosing stuff due to bag switching… Wii-hiii! It’s a perfect solution for business people who appreciate their time. A dress to impress bag!

  We are excited to welcome Co-founder & CEO of KNOTTY brand Mr. Saif Taj and designer Mrs. Tazeen Saif of for a few k-naughty questions.

Read the full interview in the "Rich&Beautiful" March issue

Lilith Fury: The face of body positivity

Diversity is being embraced far more in recent years and the fashion industry, long accused of
discrimination, now has some gorgeous and glamorous plus-sized models. These women have
millions of followers on their social media accounts, appear on magazine covers, adverts and on catwalks.
One of these beautiful models is Lilith Fury, a plus-sized Latina model and actress that is
constantly on the go. Considered to be clever and outspoken, Lilith Fury cheekily introduces
herself on her website and social media pages as a queer, Latina, and disabled plus-size model.
Her fans love her forthrightness, and down to earth personality that often shines a light on the
not so pretty aspects of the plus size world.
Recently, she was denied verification on Instagram despite her extensive filmography, and celebrity status, and had several clothed images removed for nudity, despite being identical to images posted of thinner women. “There are a different set of rules on Instagram that fat women are held to, that others aren’t. It’s fatphobia, plain, and simple.”
Lilith herself has overcome her two decade long bought with anorexia, and body dysmorphia, to become a successful and sought-after celebrity. “You can’t hate yourself into someone you’ll
love”, is her personal mantra. Good natured and with a moderate height of 5’ 4 ½” Lilith is also
often fondly called Hobbit by her family and co-workers.
Fury is romantically linked to a former co-star, but the A-list actor and her keep a low profile,
avoiding being photographed together.
When not busy with photoshoots or busy in a movie studio Lilith, with her hourglass figure,
charming smile and sparkling eyes is an ardent fat liberation and disability activist. She is
constantly fighting for awareness on issues of acceptance and believes that everyone has the
right to have a positive body image, no matter what the expectations of society are. Fury insists
that fat people should be allowed accept how they are, love themselves and stop feeling
ashamed. That bigoted fatphobes need to learn to leave fat people alone.
Lilith is very active in the body positive community and has said that she is not here to be
popular or create a persona that will be palatable to the masses. Being authentic is how Lilith
believes that she can help bring about change in these perceptions about body image and she
doesn’t care what others think.
Feeling comfortable in her own skin, she loves herself and her body and feels that where others
choose to hate she chooses to love. This is the message that she ardently passes on when she is on one of her body-positive campaigns.
 
 
In-between Fury finds the time to write and is also a businesswoman who owns an online
clothing store that sells body-positive T-shirts, home goods, and phone and laptop cases.
Modeling has embraced Lilith and her grace and beauty ensure that she has a crazy schedule.
Constantly moving between Vancouver Canada, and the US like Seattle and Portland is difficult
but her work achievements are rewarding. Lilith recently became the first size 28 to model
clothes for the counterculture-related retail clothing brands Hot Topic, and Killstar.
Starting with a small role in the comedy Role Models (2006), Lilith’s appearances in films and TV include parts in the series The Haunting of Hill House (2018), Patient Zero (2018) and most
recently The Boys (2020). Lilith’s future appearances include two films to be released in 2021.
As usual, four days of excitement and fun have been planned at the Washington State
Convention Center in Downtown Seattle again this year. The annual Emerald City Comic Con is
being held between March 12 – March 15, 2020. Attendees and fans will have the chance to
chat with and get autographs from the cast of The Boys, including the voluptuous beauty Lilith
Fury who starred in three episodes of Season 2.
For those fans that want to know a bit more about Lilith before they meet her at Emerald City
Comicon, she is an avid reader and her all-time favorite movies are Return of the Living Dead,
Nightbreed, Big Fish, and This is the End. Comedy, horror, fantasy and drama, Lilith enjoys them all.
An active girl, Lilith swims and cycles to keep fit and does love to cook, paint and bake when she has time. Lilith’s favorite leisure time activities include the role-playing game LARP or playing Magic the Gathering. Listen up everybody, the message is loud and clear, every person, no matter how different deserves love and respect. Lilith Fury is not allowing anybody to feel anything less than special, no matter how fat or what disability they have.
Don’t miss the chance to get to know this remarkable woman a bit better at Emerald City Comicon, in just a few days from now.
Visit Official Website
Or check Lilitt at IMDb

Why Do You Need Teeth Whitening?

Do you know the enemy that causes tooth stains? It is quite

interesting to note that every tooth is comprised of an

inner dentin layer and a protective outer enamel layer

which is much harder.

 

Regular intake of food stuff, nicotine and caffeine tends

to form another coating over the enamel layer like a

pellicle film. This film can be removed chemically as well

as by scraping by a dentist.

 

Brushing helps to clean the teeth stains to some extent and

there are special abrasive toothpastes which help further

the process. Teeth whitening toothpastes are also available

which are effective in cleaning such stains on our teeth

enamel.

 

Our teeth enamel is porous in nature. Hydroxyapatite

crystals in the form of microscopic hexagonal ìrodsî make

up the enamel.

 

The accumulation of the foreign substances over the years

gets into the pores and settles on the inner layer where it

is very difficult to scrape them. Though these deep stains

are actually quite harmless, they do not look good.

 

Thus to get rid of these tough stains, people seek the help

of professional teeth whitening procedures.

 

During such teeth whitening procedures, a bleaching

chemical agent is used called carbamide peroxide or

hydrogen peroxide.

 

This is present in a tooth whitener and it triggers a

chemical - rather an oxidation reaction - which manage to

break the staining compounds.

 

The chemical compound carbamide peroxide breaks within the

mouth into urea and hydrogen peroxide.

 

The hydrogen peroxide plays a vital role in the teeth

whitening process.

Proven Weight Loss Tips

Did you read the latest headline or here the latest TV commercial on weight loss? Surely, you know now you can lose 5 pounds overnight and still eat everything you want to and never gain it back? No exercise needed just take this little miracle pill and the pounds will drop right off? You and over 40% of the adult population, which is overweight, have heard this dribble, so many times; you don't believe a word of it. Now get ready for weight loss information you can believe. This article is going to give you righteous, weight loss tips free. 

Think about this for a minute. It may not be your fault that you are over weight. Thatís right! You may be carrying the extra weight because of genetics. In other words, if your family tree shows overweight people in it, you may well have inherited the same fat gene. But, there is always a but; you may have contributed to the problem by not eating right and living a sedate lifestyle.

Now, even though you may have inherited some of the problem, you have to take responsibility for having added to the problem. Once you accept the responsibility, it will be much easier for you to make the decision that things have to change. Not only do you have to lose weight but that you have to change your lifestyle. Failure is not an option because it can result in you cutting years off your life. 

Your second weight loss tips free is to talk with your personal doctor, to make sure you don't have an illness, which is causing you to be overweight. At the same time your physician will tell you if youíre physically fit to begin a weight loss plan. In addition he will be able to advise you on setting realistic goals for shedding those pounds. 

It is important for you to set your goals so they are obtainable. They must be set high enough to be a challenge, but yet low enough so you don't get discouraged quickly. If your doctor tells you to lose 50 pounds, you need to break those 50 lbs down into bite size chunks. (Pun intended)

An example of doing this would be to set a long term goal of losing the 50 pounds over a six month time frame. You can break this down into a smaller goal of only 8 lbs a month. Then you can take it down even further to two pounds a week. It appears now you have a workable goal.

For your 3rd step you need to set out a plan for exercise. If you have been living a sedate lifestyle, you would be much better off if you started off walking. This will help you to get your muscles, in your legs and arms, to working again. 

Within two weeks you should be up to walking a half mile to a mile. As your wind and strength improve you may find your self able to move into a brisk walk. Your walking will be the most effective when you can sustain a heart rate of 120 beats a minute for a minimum of 30 minutes.

This article has given you proven weight loss tips free. However, those tips are going to cost you. They are going to cost you to take responsibility and action to lose the weight.