Happy Tree Friends

When I was in the 100yen shop the other day, I saw a woman wearing a ‘Happy Tree Friends’ T-shirt.

Happy Tree Friends T-shirt

Happy Tree Friends T-shirt

I wonder if she actually knows what ‘Happy Tree Friends’ is. For those of you who don’t know either: it’s a cartoon about cuddly little animals who die gruesome deaths. It started as an internet phenomenon but is now widely succesful and even appears on tv in some countries.

Happy Tree Friends

The Happy Tree Friends

This lady probably just thought ‘Aw, what a nice T-shirt. It has a picture of cute animals on it and the words ‘happy’ and ‘friends’.’ But actually the show is extremely violent (a bit too much for me) and definitely not suited for children. If you want to see one of the cartoons, click here.

Singing their hearts out

Near the Toyota City station, there is a covered walkway. It has some greenery and benches and overall it’s a nice area. In the evening all the commuters walk along thisĀ  walkway on their way home.

The covered walkway near Toyota City Station (up the stairs, underneat the metal structure)

The walkway near Toyota City Station (up the stairs, underneath the metal structure)

Sometimes amateur singers use this location to showcase their talents. In most cases this is for the enjoyment of the singers only. Which is another way of saying that they probably should not count on making it big one day. But every once in a while you run into a singer that makes you stop for a minute and listen to their music.

The band in the video is called ‘Chidori’. They were singing near Toyota station in the beginning of July 2011. I was very impressed with their performance. In my opinion they were even better than some (Japanese) singers with a record deal.

I apologize for the poor video and sound quality. It was made with my photo camera from some distance. Also, you might hear some other music in the background. That’s the station’s music. But I hope that despite the poor quality, you can get an impression of what they were like.