Thursday, 13 August 2009


Last week in my advanced class we discussed an article called "Movie stars bring sparkle to gaming", which talks about how many film stars are now appearing in video games. Games are big business and are starting to appeal to a much wider audience than before. Companies often put in as much time and money into producing games as movies these days, and the appearance of real world stars in their games is a useful selling point.

The article can be found here:

Useful vocabulary:
  • blockbuster - 大ヒット
  • spin-off - 副産物、テレビの続編番組
  • wunderkind - 〈ドイツ語〉神童 (wonder child)
  • avatar - アバター、ネット上での仮の像
  • first-person shooter - 主観視点のシューティング・ゲーム
  • vanguard - 文化や活動の先駆者、先導者
  • potty-mouthed - 口汚い
  • become de rigueur - 絶対条件となる
  • kudos - 名声、栄光、栄誉、称賛、賛辞、褒賞、威信
  • bragging rights - 自慢する権利、得意げに話す権利
  • Tinseltown - 〈米俗〉金ピカの町、ハリウッドのこと
  • Hollywood A-lister - ハリウッドの大物

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Art and English

As some of you may know, in my free time I like to do art and design. I have my own art blog where I introduce my artwork and other interesting topics from around the world. I write my blog in both English and Japanese to help with my studies. If you are interested please take a look at my blog; I think it could help with your studies too:

My main interest at the moment is papercraft. I have made many paper toys that you can download free from my papercraft website. I think it is a fun activity for all ages:

Next month I will have an art exhibition with 7 other artists in a small gallery in Kitahama. There will be many different kinds of art to see, including papercraft, illustration, photography, jewellery, bags and sculpture. Please come along if you have time. For more information about the exhibition please look at the poster below or visit my art group's homepage -> The Art of Gravity