Author: t3hDave

New School Kaidan T-Shirts For Sale!

    Do you like shirts? YEA, YOU DO! Have you ever wanted to wear a New School Kaidan official T-Shirt? HELL YEAH, YOU HAVE! Well today’s your lucky day! Here at New School Kaidan, we are happy to announce that we have official T-Shirts for sale! Brought to you by our good friends at milk-tee.com, our shirts are both designed by us and in collaboration with milk-tee and distribution will be handled by milk-tee!     We have shirts available for Men and Women, from sizes XS to 3X, and in different colors! We have Asphalt and Turquoise for our No Sasshi! shirts, which pays homage to our time-tested site logo! We also have Black and Brown for our Tiger, Fire! shirts, which are sure to keep you prepared the next time you attend a concert and need to do the mix properly! All of our shirts are printed on high quality American Apparel, 100% cotton, slim-fitting jersey tees.     Our shirts ship internationally! If you live in the U.S., use code: freeshipus to get free shipping on orders over $50! Each purchase of a shirt with the New School Kaidan logo in the corner has some of the profit returned to the site, so it’s a great way to represent and directly support the site! On that note, take yourselves over to milk-tee and grab some...

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Merry Christmas and Thank You

Originally I was going to make a post for Thanksgiving telling everyone how grateful I am of them. Clearly, that’s not one of my priorities and I’m lazy so here I am at 3 in the morning on Christmas Day, Pacific Time, typing up a little something. I’m thankful for: living in #AMERICA, where I do feel safe and at home most of the time having a job that I can manage and helps me fund my obsessions and hobbies living in a safe neighborhood good health and good family and friends Some of my fondest memories of this year are: Tokyo 2012 Forming THE JAPAN FOUR with Hiro and Greg from Selective hearing and Vu, a valuable community member Finally meeting the illustrious Anto ‘Monkeyto’ Nick, who has helped me out so much in the idol fandom Hanging out with Jeff ‘JetReadyGo Jukirin’ To and Des-Law, two prominent members of Nihongogo and overall really cool dudes Meeting Rocky ‘OJS48’ Hui, Jul3, and Pete in Tokyo and talking about Tokyo Dome and our experiences in Japan Meeting up with my boss of a friend, Satoshi and the two Yusukes who all helped me enjoy my stay in Tokyo The Washington D.C. Trip Thanks to Hiro and Boykun for accompanying me last minute to D.C. for AKB48’s 2012 U.S. performance Meeting Yoshi_NSK for the first time. It was as if...

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Oshima Yuko and Me

October 17th, 1988 is Oshima Yuko’s birthdate. My birthdate is on the same day, 1 year earlier. Although, since I live in Pacific Time and Yuko lives in Japan Time, we’d only have about 8 hours to share our birthday, but that’s beside the point. We share a birthday, and I think that’s awesome.   Introducing Oshima Yuko I’m sure plenty of you already know Yuko. She’s currently the most popular member of AKB48 and throughout her career, she’s been trading spots with none other than Maeda Atsuko. At 152cm (4.99 feet) she’s one of the smallest members of AKB48, but she might be one of the biggest personalities in the group. You may or may not have heard of “The Three Pillars of AKB48” who consist of Takahashi Minami, Maeda Atsuko, and Oshima Yuko. These three women were considered those who would give their lives for AKB48. At the time I had learned about this concept I didn’t quite understand, but after learning more about Yuko I came to realize why her fans support her so much. She excels at public speaking and portraying a positive image. She’s the girl who always has a smile on her face. She knows when to conduct business, but she also knows how to have fun. All of this made her the perfect rival to Atsuko. Everything Atsuko wasn’t, Yuko was.  ...

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Selective Hearing’s Tokyo 2012 Video Documentary

Visit Selective Hearing’s documentary post to stream the videos. As one fourth of “The Japan 4”, I invite you to take a look at the documentary videos that Greg made of our trip. I spoke about the trip on a podcast before and I just experienced a great deal of nostalgia from watching these videos. Join me, community member Vu (@vupham), and Hiro and Greg of Selective Hearing on our journey in Tokyo. Special thanks and shout outs to: – Anto Nick – NSK Research Student and Monkeyto.com writer – Ahmed – Vu’s friend from Osaka (@coollead) – Des_LAW and Jet Ready Go...

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Selective Hearing Radio October Roundtable

I was privileged with the opportunity to guest on Selective Hearing’s latest Roundtable Discussion. It was a four part series recorded on a Sunday evening. For those of you who tuned in live to catch us recording the show, thanks a bunch for the support and discussions! – Dave Episode 4: Scandals & Idols Episode 5: Getting Tipsy Episode 6: Gangnam Style Episode 7: Sugar Rush The Panel Tenkei – Twitter | basugasubakuhatsu | nandake Boykun – Twitter | basugasubakuhatsu | nandake Greg – Twitter | Selective Hearing Hiro – Twitter | Selective Hearing ToZ – Twitter | Selective Hearing Dave – Twitter | New School Kaidan Mandy – Twitter Episode 4 of the audio version of the Selective Hearing roundtable brings together regulars Tenkei, Boykun, Hiro and Mandy along with Dave from New School Kaidan to discuss idols and scandals. Opening: Epik High – Wordkill The Topic What do you feel defines a scandal? Are they major incidents or do minor infractions count as well? What mitigating factors result in something being called a scandal? Do you think the term is being overused? Why do you think so many idols risk getting caught breaking the rules? Is it human nature to do so (i.e. puberty, sex drive, etc.) Are they rebelling against the corporate binds that tie them? Do you think that J-Pop idols should get the same slack that K-Pop idols get when it comes to dating and “relations”? What are your thoughts on fan reactions to scandals? Are there too many over the...

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