2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 100 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 729 posts. There were 81 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 323 views. The most popular post that day was Lyrics: Misako Koja’s ‘Warabigami’.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.conduit.com, en.wordpress.com, uchinanchu.ning.com, yeinjee.com, and twitter.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stereopony wallpaper, aya ueto, meisa kuroki, juunen saki mo kimi ni koishite, and stitch wallpaper.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Lyrics: Misako Koja’s ‘Warabigami’ February 2008


Karakui.com Special: That actress? She’s from Okinawa. August 2009


Lyrics: BEGIN’s ‘Sanshin no Hana’ June 2007


Tuning Your Sanshin March 2007


Wallpaper: Namie Amuro for Coke Zero January 2010

Karakui.com Special: Okinawan musicians to follow on Twitter

This is the first in a series of posts featuring people to follow on Twitter (Wikipedia link), the social networking/microblogging service.


@rinkenteruyaRinken Band leader Rinken Teruya. He’ll often reply to @Mentions and tweets quite frequently.

@gerhen_oshimaGerhen Oshima, formerly of TINGARA, Churamana, and Shima Good Needs. His latest project is coco←musika.

@machu34Toru Yonaha updates are becoming more frequent. Go Toru!

@oshimayasukatsuYasukatsu Oshima mostly updates on where he’s playing and I believe it’s not him tweeting but the person who’s in charge of his website.

@kinashoukichiShoukichi Kina last tweeted on 6/23/10! Yeah, that’s like 5 months ago but I guess that’s not too shabby for a 62-year-old.

Music stores and record labels:

@asovivasanshinASOVIVA, a sanshin store

@respectrecordRespect Record, a music label

@takararecordsTakara Records Store, a music store

List compiled on 11/11/10. Have someone you think should be added to this list? Please leave a comment or use our contact form.

Karakui.com Special: That actor? He’s from Okinawa.

So here’s my companion to that special I did on actresses from Okinawa back in August 2009. This article will feature actors who were born in Okinawa or who have ties to Okinawa — usually a parent or grandparent who is originally from Okinawa. The list of actors may surprise you as you’ve probably seen them before if you follow J-drama. I hope you enjoy it!

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On making 160,000+ hits

I quietly saw Karakui.com pass the 150,000 mark and now we’re over 166,000 hits. Yeah, we’re still a small blog covering the margins of the more popular Japanese pop culture scene but we’re not doing that shabby at all. If you’ve ever kept a blog, and you’re a geek, you’re probably into stats as well. Would’ve been cool if we did this at the end (rather, the beginning would be much better) of every month but I’m up to it today so here goes. For the month of September (today, the 30th, is the last day of the month) we have a total of 6,163 visits so far which beats the 6,129 visits from last month. Our lowest day was 103 views on 9/10 and the highest days were on 9/3 and 9/7 with a total of 263 views. (Our highest overall day was 466 views on 10/15/2008.)

So a BIG nifee deebitan (thank you, mahalo, ありがとう) for visiting Karakui.com!

Karakui.com Special: That actress? She’s from Okinawa.

I’ve been meaning to post an entry on this subject, actresses from Okinawa, for a very long time. If you haven’t noticed, we’re living in a very special time (well, especially for Okinawan pop culture folks) where it’s impossible not to find an actress from Okinawa on TV or on the big screen. I’ve managed to round-up seven actresses who have made and are making a splash in the entertainment world. So, yeah, hopefully this’ll give you an incentive to watch more Japanese TV if only to say that you know that actress is from Okinawa. 🙂

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