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Monday Five

Monday Five is a weekly segment in the Ongaku!Project WordPress where we present five random O!P members with a question. Their answers to that question will be posted here each Monday. It’s a unique chance to get to know the O!P members a bit better! Autumn is upon us! With Halloween just around the corner, we asked five of our 4th generation members to share their favourite Halloween memories with us.

Q: Share your favourite Halloween memory!

Anton: Hmm, I don’t have that many Halloween memories really. I had this halloween “Party” a few years ago although it was really lame. xD The only reason I was throwing the party was because there was this girl I had a crush on and wanted to meet outside of school. The problems was just raining though, cause I had invited a few other people which she despised, and she refused to come if they were also coming. So I had to lie to the others (not really my friends) that there was limited space (which was kinda true) in the basement and take back their invitation… Wow, I’m such a nice person, huh? xP Apparently I invited more people than I could handle cause it was veeery hard to get everyone’s attention. I had to yell out, which was embarrasing. xD I had made a bowl of punch, which was empty after 5 minutes. To dress up was opional… two of us dressed up (although I took of my Dracula costume pretty fast 😉 ) Even though this party was far from perfect, we still had alot of fun and to me it will always be a great memory.
Scary memory huh? 😉

 

Rm88: Here in Mexico, there are people who celebrate Halloween just like the rest of the world, people who celebrate the “Día de los muertos” (day of the dead), and people who mix both celebrations. I personally don’t celebrate it anymore, but I have some nice memories of this particular day. When I was a kid, I used to go out with my friends, and we’d tell scary stories all night long. I remember getting lots of candies, even if I’d not eat them >_< And I also remember being the only kid without a costume, I’ve never been a fan of costumes… specially if they are creepy. Nowadays, I spend Halloween with my friends and family; staying up late, going out, playing videogames, etc.

 

Michi: I’ve always loved Halloween, so I have a couple of memories to share! Two years ago my friends had a Halloween party at their house, and we had a lot of fun playing with dry ice. The smoke filled up the living room floor, making it look really spooky. We experimented by filling up the tub with more dry ice, and the whole bathroom was smoky! I also liked my boyfriend’s costume choice of Indiana Jones. 😀 Also dear to me was the last time I went trick-or-treating, in 8th grade with my best friend Seri. We dressed up as Utena and Anthy from the anime Utena. We took a ton of photos, and got a few “aren’t you a bit old to be trick-or-treating?” comments. …C’mon, we were 13! Hehe. People also thought we were Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band because of the military look of Utena duelist outfits!

 

Ariah: Okay, so I haven’t had too many exciting Halloween experiences, but last year was extra fun. Is was my first year wearing a costume that I could say I made completely from scratch. Didn’t buy any pieces and alter anything, I just sewed it all entirely and made (makeshift) armor and stuff. This next part probably sounds a little lame for a 16 year old, but I also got to go to my first Halloween party last year, and I got to wear that costume. I wish I had some pictures from that night, but this is all I can share for the costume:


And I’m going to the same party again this year, in another costume, and I’m so excited since last year was a blast.
Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. =D

 

Sazaki Ren: Hi everyone, Sazaki Ren here and now I’m going to talk a bit about Halloween.

I live in a country, where Halloween hasn’t been widely spread, actually – it wasn’t celebrated up to about year 2000 or something. What our Halloween basically looks like – the night clubs get crammed up with different people, dressed in different costumes and mostly it’s the same ol’night club party as any other – just with the difference in costumes, presents and competitions and sometimes music. So what I’m trying to say is that our children don’t really go dressed-up around the neighborhood and do ‘trick or treat’ stuff. No – the average age of its celebration in our country is about 16 to 25+ years old. And it would seem a bit strange if a group of half-drunk (and that’s actually an attribute of such an event in our country, though I personally don’t drink any alcohol) people go from house to house and from flat to flat and do the trick or treat thing.

Now since I’m not a fan of night clubs (actually – never been in to such a place) I don’t celebrate this holiday. But let’s just suppose I’m in a country that has deep rooted traditions of celebrating Halloween. And if I suppose that – let’s think over what would I do on this holiday. Hm… let’s see… Personally – I really like to sit at home, rather than go somewhere… But I don’t think that it would be interesting here in our supposition. I think that like anybody else – I’d gather up with my friends beforehand, where we’d think about what we want to do. And then at the Halloween night we’d make our plans true. It’s really hard to come up with an idea of what my costume will be – since I am not used to dress up into any costumes – but I think that it’ll be something samurai-ish. Like long samurai robe, katana and stuff like that. Now that’s what I think would my Halloween look like. Thanks for your attention.

 

 

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October 27, 2008 at 5:28 pm Leave a comment

Chocolate Toothpaste

I haven’t posted here yet, so I thought I’d use my first post to share a recipe!

This is one of my most favourite desserts, and it’s pretty simple to make, too!

It used to be served as part of our school dinners when I was in primary school, (but don’t let that put you off!) so it has a great nostalgic value to me too.

Alas, it’s not suitable for everyday dental care, but I definitely recommend trying it out!

I found this recipe at uktv food, and have slightly modified it to suit my own needs.

Ingredients (for a 7″x7″ dessert)

250g Shortcrust Pastry
35g Margarine
75g Caster Sugar
10g Drinking Chocolate
10g Cocoa Powder
115g Dried Milk Powder
75ml Warm Water

Method

I would recommend using a mixer for the final stage! I didn’t have one, and was still trying to get the milk powder to dissolve 20 mins later O_o Also, it helps if you use very fine milk powder, as it dissolves quicker.

Pastry:

You can either make the pastry from scratch, buy ready made pastry and bake it yourself, or buy a pre-cooked pastry case.
I went for the 2nd option, but it’s quicker and more convenient to buy a ready made case 🙂

If you opt to make or buy raw pastry, you will need to bake it blind in the oven for 15 mins, and then take the beans out and bake for another 5-10 mins.
It takes about an hour for the pastry to cool before you can add the mixture.

Filling:

Cream the suger and margarine together in a mixing bowl until soft. Then add the cocoa and drinking powder and mix again.
Add the milk powder, and add the water a small amount at a time stiring thoroughly to ensure it is evenly mixed. Once all the water is added, mix into a smooth paste.
Keep mixing until there are no lumps (I recommend checking this through tasting, as even if the mix looks smooth it can still taste lumpy).
Pour onto the pastry, and refrigerate until set.

Enjoy!

October 21, 2008 at 9:37 am 2 comments

Monday Five

Monday Five is a weekly segment in the Ongaku!Project WordPress where we present five random O!P members with a question. Their answers to that question will be posted here each Monday. It’s a unique chance to get to know the O!P members a bit better! We continue focusing on 4th gen., this week with a question to their seniors~

Q: What would you like to say to the new members?

Maki Kanatsu: First off, welcome to the O!P family! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I joined this wonderful group. I hope you get along well, and feel free to come talk to us…or me! Since I’ll be your senpai now, ne? 😀 Hehe, we really don’t bite (well, most of us. Tenkei is a little…well you know. ;p) But yes~ Please come speak with us if you need anything, want some advice, or just to chat. I know I’d love to get to know you guys and help you around, I remember the first few weeks were a bit awkward for me, so I want to help you guys adjust super well and super fast! I think maybe I’ve said too much now. Welcome to Ongaku!Project and please stick around, before you know it, you’ll be senpais too. 😉

 

Tenkei: Hmm!! I’m not one of those inspirational speaker people. So I guess just welcome to the family and congratulations! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, make comments, offer/ask for advice, etc. You’re new, but we still respect what you have to say! And remember to always have fun!

 

 

Rei-chan: It’s been so great meeting you all! I love how your personalities are as nice and varied as your voices ^_~ It amazes me how fast you’ve all adapted to O!P, interacting with everyone and getting involved in all the aspects of the project. I’ve also been able to talk to some of you on MSN and the IRC, and it’s been great. I can’t wait to hear our first songs together, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing lots of fun times with all of you! ^o^

 

Chococat: Well, of course, I’d like to say welcome to O!P, and congratulations on succeeding in the auditions! 😀 And I’d like to say that I hope you really enjoy being part of O!P. I would like to be a good sempai to you all, so please talk to me anytime~! The producers and the other members are all here together with you and it would be great if we can all become good friends 🙂 And of course, do your best! 😀

 

 

Odango: First I would like to welcome the new generation to Ongaku! Project~!!!! I can’t wait to work with all of you~ ❤ You all have individual strengths and qualities which we believe will help O!P shine even brighter~ My hope is that each of you enjoy your time with O!P and always have fun, and always give your best!!! It’s very heart warming to see how quickly all of you have adapted to O!P and how interested you are in giving back to the project ^^ Thank you for the dedication you have already shown, and for the dedication I know you will continue to display in the future ❤ And remember, the producers are here for all of you when you need us~ We’re always ready to lend a helping hand or a friendly ear so don’t ever be afraid to come to us~! ❤ Congratulations and welcome again~!!!!!!! ^o^

 

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October 20, 2008 at 4:19 pm 3 comments

Korean Number Song

One of the awesome things about taking language lessons is that sometimes the teaching material used is really out of this world and this week, our teacher was trying to get us to practice reading by making use of this particular song. I won’t say much but when you’ve had a look and listen of it, you will be able to understand as to why I think it’s so hilarious and why our class of fifteen were pretty much crossing our fingers, eyes and toes in hope that she was not going to make us stand up and sing it. =P

How’s that for mad cute!! ^o^

PS : According to our teacher, SuJu’s covered this before so I’m really curious now as to how the SuJu version is like. LOL!

October 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm 4 comments

Monday Five – 4th Gen. Special!

Finally up and running again, Monday Five is a weekly segment in the Ongaku!Project WordPress where we present five random O!P members with a question. Their answers to that question will be posted here each Monday. It’s a unique chance to get to know the O!P members a bit better! With the recent introduction of a 4th Generation to Ongaku!Project, it’s only natural to focus on these new members for this Monday Five. We simply asked the new members to introduce themselves~

Q: 4th Gen. Special! Please introduce yourself to the WordPress readers

Ariah`: Hey, everyone! My name’s Ariah`, and I’m so glad to have finally been able to be a part of this amazing cover group. I’ve been wanting to audition for ages, and finally got around to it. Singing is a huge part of my life, and I tend to take any chance I can get to show people my voice. It’s not just singing, though. Music, in general, is a huge part of my life. I’ve been singing my entire life, and playing the violin for the past nine years. I played the flute for five years, but I guess I’m not really a wind instrument person. o_O I also cosplay and do some amateur voice acting for fandubs and radioplays. Stuff like that. And I’m also looking at colleges right now, specifically for the Sound Recording Technology major. =D So, that’s a brief summary of me! XD I don’t have a lot of variety, do I?

 

Kacchin: Hello~! こんにちわ~! Bonjour~! Здравствуйте~! My name is Kacchin. My passions in life are language and singing. ^_^ While English is my first language, I speak Japanese and French fluently. I’m also well acquainted with Russian, Spanish, and Chinese. I have been wanting to join O!P ever since I found out about it and I am so happy to finally be able to! Hmm, some other things I enjoy are.. reading, writing, pretty much all creative things, and I -love- eating. Cooking is very fun, but the final product is even better! I hope to have a career as a translator/interpreter and be able to travel around the world later in life. Thank you again to O!P for accepting me as part of the community – I can’t wait to get things going~!

 

Michi: Hello! I’m Michi, 22 going on 23 from San Francisco, California, USA. I’ve loved singing and music ever since I was little, so I’m very happy to be a member of Ongaku! Project. My other hobbies include video games, studying Japanese too much, cosplay, and dabbling in photography. I don’t go anywhere without my PSP and DS, bake a lot of cookies, and wish I could go swimming more often. Is that random enough yet? I’m not sure what a good introduction message would be beyond that. So all I can say is that I can’t wait to see what sort of projects await us as 4th gens, and I hope everyone out there following O!P appreciates our upcoming efforts. Here’s to the future!

 

Anton: My name is Anton, I’m 17 years old and I live in Sweden. I’m “studying” to become a chef at the gymnasium so obviously I enjoy to cook… although I prefer eating. ^^;; I’ve always been interested in Japan and Japanese but it wasn’t until I discovered Hello! Project, about three years ago, that Japan became a huge part of my life. My other interests include singing (of course), dancing and acting. My dream is to one day become famous for something that I have a special talent for. I think that I will learn a lot and have a lot of fun at Ongaku! Project, and hopefully I’ll also improve my singing so that I can become an important part of O!P.

 

Rm88: Hi, I’m Rm88 ^^ I’m very happy to be part of O!P, this is really fun!. I’m 20 years old, and I was born in Mexico City. I don’t really speak Japanese, but I’ve been exposed to Japan and it’s culture since I was a little kid, because I have really close Japanese relatives. Nowadays, 95% of the music I like is in Japanese, with the other 5% being English and Korean. I like videogames, specially platformers and RPGs (Mario and Kirby games are my favorites). I always liked anime music, but I was first introduced to Jpop with Utada Hikaru, who used to be my favorite singer until I really got into H!P. My first H!P favorite group was W, but I’m currently a big Berryz fan. My favorite H!P song is Kokuhaku no Funsui Hiroba, I even thought of auditioning with that song, but I ended up submitting Jingisukan. I hope to have a really good time here. It’s been great so far, everyone’s been very nice with us, so I’ll do my best. See ya!.

 

Sazaki Ren: Hi everyone! Sazaki Ren here. Um… like I don’t know what to say here, but I’ll try… About two years ago I got interested in Japan. Since then, I started to slowly but steadily gather up bits and pieces of Japanese culture. First off I started to watch anime. Different kinds of it. Then I started to learn Japanese language. And somewhere in between this time – I started singing in Japanese. First – mostly I sang anime openings and endings, then I started to sing some other songs. And then I found out about O!P and was looking forward to the next auditions. And now here I am.
The story of my becoming interested in Hello!Project is pretty interesting, I think, because I found out about it in a strange way. I was looking through my anime pictures folder and I saw a cover of some group named Berryz Koubou(^_~) and that’s where it all started. I found out about this group, I liked their songs, then I started to learn about the Hello!Project itself. Though up to some point I listened only to Berryz Koubou songs. But now I listen practically to all Hello!Project groups.
So that’s my story. I hope you will find it interesting. I’m really looking forward to working with you all!

 

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October 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm 10 comments

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