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Seriously… c’mon… I’m sorry to make a post in such poor taste but this is insane…

this guy…

jagoff

claims to have banged (literally) the most bada$$ helicopter ever?!

…and with it, all of my (formerly innocent) childhood memories…

this truly is a sad day :o(

Please, guys.. keep your wangs out of my childhood nostaglia

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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…

雨上がりの夜空に

Daydream believer

Transistor Radio

ベイビー逃げるんだ

Mitsubishi Commercial

Kirin Beer Commercial

君が代 (his version of the Japanese national anthem)

バラバラ


あこがれの北朝鮮 (song about North Korea)


すべてはオールライト

Stand by me

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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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she’s gone boys, she’s gone…

I’ve found that my labret (a metallic part of me for nearly ten years, which makes me, like, .05% robocop) has recently become more of a bother than anything. It doesn’t help that nearly every workplace in Japan doesn’t allow them and that I’ve gotten many “ugh… it’s kinda scary” reactions here… but more importantly, I’m starting to forget the benefits of having one.

The labret…

It all started one day when, frustrated with a terribly infected eyebrow piercing, I decided to visit the nearby piercing shops for some advice. The best advice I got was “the piercer ****ed up.. I’ll give you a discount on something else.” Toss in a rumour that one of the guys working there had done time for murder and I just knew this was the place to have a 6” needle driven through my lower lip :o)

Well, I got a discounted labret and a piercing experience forever burned into my memory. I then managed to lose the end of the piercing within thirty minutes and, just because I’m a complete idiot, I decided to eat a big mac value meal, resulting in a chipped and cracked front tooth. Next time you see me open my mouth, take a look :o)

The better part of a decade and a good deal of gum erosion later, I’ve decided to join the other naked-chins of the world. Besides, if it ever came down to redoing it, the once bank-breaking $40 just doesn’t seem like all that much now that I’m no longer a starving student… or, at least, less of one…

What is life like without metal hanging from your chin? It’s a life I’m unfamiliar with but will have to nevertheless get used to…
With my cyborg days slowly slipping behind me, I decided to make a tribute to my stainless sidekick.

You may have made me look like the victim of a fishing trip gone awry but you were still my friend… here’s to you buddy.

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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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…just to show that Ronald McDonald isn’t the only victim of video mixing & mashing, here’s (former) Prime Minister Fukuda’s resignation to the tune of Gourmet Race (Kirby’s stage in Super Smash Bros.)…

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One of my favourite Japanese comedians (that I can understand at this point) is Tomonori Jinnai. I just finished watching a bunch of his videos but unfortunately not many of them are subtitled. Still, this one had me tearing up :o)

I was first introduced to him last year through this video:

In his skits everyone speaks in a strong Kansai/Osaka dialect, which makes it even more amusing… unfortunately that sort of thing can’t really be expressed through subtitles. Anyway, I swear I’ll try to subtitle his stuff on youtube sometime if someone else doesn’t beat me to the punch. So if you like his stuff, be sure to get on my case about it :o)

Anyway… you can tell this weekend hasn’t been very productive haha

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