25% of my posts begin with “One of my favorite things about Japan is…” and/or are about posters, and this one is no exception. This time around, it is these free movie flyers that the theaters give out here. They are printed on high quality paper and almost always feature cool alternate artwork, making for great mini posters or gifts to people back in America. The ones I got for Control might be the raddest to date, but these are nice too:

p1000119p1000120I especially liked this:p1000124If you want one, let me know soon! They tend to go pretty quickly. As always, I know the pics suck. Deal with it.

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i have been meaning to tell another person about this for over a year now and am just now getting around to it….

I am sure that everyone familiar with the Iron Maiden album Number of the Beast has noticed that among the sinners burning in the flames of hell along the bottom of the artwork are some people having sex. That might have been kind of cool when I was 12, but it is pretty tame by today’s standards. What is much cooler, however, is the ALIEN warrior hidden in the bottom corner of the full-sized artwork. I looked it up online, but couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere. Here’s a picture of from my poster!

number of the queen

Derrick Riggs, the creator of Eddie, hid several ‘Easter eggs’ in his Maiden work. I read an interview in a graffiti magazine a long time ago in which he claimed to have detested the band’s music, loathed being known for Eddie, and that when he painted the first album cover he had envisioned it being used by a punk band but no one wanted it. It sat around in his portfolio for awhile before the band came across it, and the rest is history.

When I was really young my dad won me a cheap cardboard framed Stranger in a Strange Land picture at the carnival, but I was too afraid of it to display it in my room even though it is easily one of their least dreadful covers. It just sat in my closet, haunting me. Every few months I would take a look at it and get really queasy, then hide it in a different spot.

Moving on, here is the ultimate Iron Maiden album art collection!

Which is your favorite?

3 posts in 1 night! 4 posts about posters in 3 Days!

I made my monthly visit to Nakano Broadway this afternoon. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Broadway is the coolest place in all of Tokyo. It’s a shopping center filled with nothing but ‘maniac’ shops. Among the many things found there are: 1940s-present monster toys, anime cells, extremely rare pornographic phone cards, hyper-grotesque artwork, 1000+ different types of yo-yos, 1980s American toys (including Madballs!) used manga, etc etc etc. Anyhow, today I found a new vintage movie store tucked away in a corner on the top floor that I hadn’t noticed before and got these posters! The Creepshow one was a little pricey but worth it, the Nightmare on Elm Street 2 poster I almost passed on because it was my least favorite of the films but I really liked the graphic at the top, and I can’t even believe I found a Nightbreed poster there! It was cheap too! I also got a cell phone strap made by the same dude that makes THESE. There were a few other things that I really, really wanted but didn’t need. Maybe next month.

Only 1000 Yen!!!!

Only 1000 Yen!!!!

NOES 2

Best Broadway find in months!!!!

Best affordable Broadway find in months!!!!

Translation Project

January 27, 2009

I have been doing a lot of-for lack of a better word- soul searching lately and I figure that among other things it is high time I get serious about studying Japanese again. It seems to be the key to realizing many of the other goals that I have set for myself. This may sound absurd, but since moving to Japan I have really let my skills go down the toilet. Why? I work with people who speak better English than I do Japanese, I only speak English to my students for their sake and in general I don’t really do much of anything that requires any improvement beyond conversational ability are all convincing excuses that I have told myself for over a year now. The real reason, however, is a deadly cocktail of complacency and laziness.

I have several plans to get myself back on track, one of them being this post. I am going to translate a book called “The Fiend with 20 Faces: The Bronze Demon” and post it, along with the original Japanese, here on my blog. Check the page listed next to home near the top. I figure I will do one chapter a week. I would love to get comments, questions or constructive criticism about the translation from anyone that is into Japanese. I tend to be really loose with my word selections as to convey the nuance rather than the literal meanings. I already expect someone to challenge my use of demon in the title. Hey, even if you don’t give a crap about Japanese, just enjoy the story, which is the main reason that I am taking the time to do this in addition to my hellish work, gym and study schedule.

Thanks to Dr. Senbei for this post!

Pepsi Nex Bearbricks

January 7, 2009

One of my absolute favorite things about living in Japan is all of the free toys that come with food and drink products! Pepsi has been suckering me into drinking the way-too-sweet Nex for over a year now by periodically releasing movie and television based Bearbricks. I have a ton of these things and I am not going to post them all, but here are some of the best:

dc bearbricks

alien/predator

If anyone wants one of these, let me know before the campaign ends!

In celebration of FINALLY getting these (thanks mom!):
Pushead Dunks!

I give you Septic Death!!!

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Love H.P.

January 5, 2009

lovecraftA friend of mine has been riding me to get into H.P. Lovecraft for years now, but I  never really dug him that much due to the dragging, convoluted narration. As I am a huge fan of several movies based on his stories and hold said friend’s opinion in high regard, over my X-mas vacation I purchased several of his books (of which I never got to read 90% of; see last post). After reading the first story, my imagination was running amok. I instantly felt an urge to draw out the monsters and cosmic horrors described in his short stories. Despite his shortcomings in verse, he is unparalleled when it comes to weaving alternate realities, dreadful mysteries and tales of the occult. I even named this blog after one of his stories (a movie called Dagon was made based on it as well). For anyone who might be interested, here are a few cool Lovecraft related links:


A 5 part serial dramatization of A Shadow Over Innsmouth featuring Harlan Ellison
(Jeremy this is mainly for you since you are into audiobooks lately)


Dozens of Lovecraft stories free online!


Re-Animator in its entirety for free! 13 parts

Update: