Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

A number of years ago I watched a great little movie called The Happiness of the Katakuris. The best character by far was “Richaardo” (aka Richard), better known in real life as Kiyoshiro Imawano.

(the guy in the marine uniform)

Although he’s done a number of solo albums, he’s possibly better known, at least in Japan, as the vocalist for RC Succession and The Timers.
Unfortunately, early this morning he passed away from lymphatic cancer.
This is a short tribute to his 40-year rock career…


Daydream believer

Transistor Radio


Mitsubishi Commercial

Kirin Beer Commercial

君が代 (his version of the Japanese national anthem)


あこがれの北朝鮮 (song about North Korea)


Stand by me


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I haven’t been here long enough to know if this is a new trend or not but I’ve definitely noticed a lot of “men’s” food this year.

…it all started one day in a convenience store when I noticed Men’s Yogurt Drink. At first, I wondered “who the hell’d wanna drink men’s yogurt??” Then I wondered who’d buy it… if people had some sort of complex about drinking dairy… and finally, what it tasted like :o)
I never ended up buying it but the next time I was shopping I noticed Men’s Red Bean Bun… and so it continued: Men’s Kimchi, Men’s Custard Bun, Men’s Custard, Men’s Parfait, Men’s Soba.. and even Men’s Doritos haha (which I tried… they weren’t so great).

Yeah, so Japan is ranked 98th (WEF2008) in terms of gender equality (just squeaking past champions of gender egalitarianism like Paraguay, Nigeria, and Kuwait)… but come on now… what the hell is a man’s parfait? haha

Just look at the ad for Men’s Bikkle (yogurt drink)


That’s some manly, bulgy muscle, cowboy s**t! :o)
…there you have it folks… dairy’s the new whiskey

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Boss coffee has a great deal… buy some canned coffee at regular price, get miniature racing Mario Kart characters!


As you can see, I was also a willing victim during their Transformers summer campaign :o)

Anyway, back to the books… it’s crunch time :-S

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Although I still crave pizza now and then, I’ve been having a lot more Donburi cravings lately…
So, here are some Donburi-related words I found funny…
Can you guess the ingredients?

First, in the top-left, is parent-child donburi (oyakodon)

The second one is called ‘tanindon’, or, ‘stranger donburi’

And while you’re thinking, here’s a nutty vid from ニコニコ動画

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just saw this commercial…

yeah, so, minus annoying Japanese comedian, we’ve got ourselves a crazy-maneuverable toy car that drives on walls, ceilings, chairs, tables, anything…


This badboy comes out in a week at a decent price of about $45… veeeeery tempting

Here’s an explanation from a rep. at the Tokyo International Toy Show

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Everybody has a key chain and/or cell phone straps in Japan. Most popular are anime characters and plush toys but there are also straps that looks exactly like pizza, potato chips, fried chicken… it’s a great way to advertise. Actually, I’ve even seen ones shaped like miniature blood bags with the person’s blood type written on it (in Japan blood type is equivalent to astrological signs in Western countries.) I won’t lie, there was a time when I really wanted to buy a strap shaped like golden poop haha

One thing that’s equally popular is touching things that are ‘kimochi ii’ (feel nice to touch). One company has been capitalizing on this lately with:

Infinite Edamame straps: enjoy the simple pleasures of popping beans out of their pod – forever.

Infinite Peri-peri: no need to destroy the environment with your fetish for peeling cardboard tabs from boxes.

and Infinite Puchi-puchi: why not pop bubble wrap forever?


btw, the same company also makes marble roller coasters. You can buy ones small enough to sit beside your computer at work or you can assemble ones massive enough to install in a mall. Here’s a medium-sized example…

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hamma panchi!

Some robot anime from 1972-75…

First, Mazinger Z… meltin’ mofos with breast fire since ’72


and the metal version :o)


Getta Robo


Steel Jeeg


UFO Robo Grendizer

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