So as I mentioned, on monday I took the bullet train to Okayama and transferred to an express train to Shikoku, the other of the 4 main Islands of Japan.
I visited a professor I know there and he actually did a great job showing me around (we spent the entire afternoon together, but only about 1 hour at the university itself, the rest was site seeing... as you will see. ANYWAY, be sure to check out the videos ( underlinedlinks in bold), I like them quite a bit, I think they do ...Read more
i am in tokyo now. I am staying at a cheap hotel near Ueno station. I went out to get dinner about 11:30. Only things open were ramen stands, snack bars, massage parlors and love hotels... I ended up getting Ramen at this restaurant completely run (and occupied) by Chinese people.
When I got back I ended up watching another bizarre TV show... i missed the beginning but basically they had this woman getting these three contestant guys to do different things w/ a Chinese wok. They went to a batting cage and ...Read more
OK, I assume you saw the castle pictures HERE in my entry yesterday, right? Well there was a surprise waiting for us when we got up to the upper tier to the castle grounds (much like Kareem waiting at the top level in Game of Death).... Take a closer look at this picture:
Hey, those aren't gar...Read more
ok, I just checked and I have way more good castle shots then I thought... I gotta split it into two groups... ninja and non-ninja... and I really should put these up before the ninja ones... :-P
So last saturday I took Junko to see Kumamoto castle. Its about 70 minutes to Kumamoto by high speed train (it'll be quicker once the new bullet train service opens in a year or two). We took the Tsubame, my favorite train in Japan last year when I was here.
You thought I was delirious from tempura poisoning when I made that last entry, didn't you?
But alas, like the Big Foot video, I have proof!
I was out til about 2:30 again last night (sunday night). ugh, but I had a really good time at the members party at the 'regal beagle'...
It was a lot different then the regular friday/saturday type events - no navy guys, (almost) no H gaijin, (almost) no H b-boy guys either for that matter. It was mostly just real party people (some of them pretty good dancers) out to have fun and be friendly, which is a good thing.
I took about 800 pictures, I'll have to put them online tonight or tomorrow.
in the meanwhile...Read more
The label on my Suntory Dakara drink (which as near as i can tell is just like Pocari Sweat and Coca-Cola's 'Aquarius') has a picture of a heart on it and it says 'Life Partner' on it... not exactly sure why.
The reason I bought it today was cause it came with a prize... it had a plastic bag around the cap with pictures of Speed Racer and G-force (in other words old school anime). so I opened it up when i got back to the lab and my prize was a small figurine (apparently one of 24 available)......Read more
" Pistol Opera" - Uh... art house? Avant-gard? Experimental live theater captured on film? or perhaps just crap? I dunno.... but I'm leaning towards crap. Perhaps I need to experience Seijun Suzuki's other work first, but this movie started off weird and just got weirder from there. (and cheap and lame too).
Hypothetically its about assassins in Japan killing each other to achieve the rank of #1 killer...
I just finished watching
Its sort of one part
, one ...Read more
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