I made a short update to the Bronze Demon translation tonight. I am really tired and cold right now, so I will finish the rest of the chapter tomorrow. See if you can catch the really stupid reference I used to make myself laugh…..

青銅の�人

Yes You Cat!

January 24, 2009

Obama fever has been sweeping the nation of Japan for awhile now, with silly novelty products, comedians doing impressions, lots of black-face  and this:

obanya

An 11 year old student of mine drew this on my whiteboard today. Here, cats say nya instead of meow, so read it as Obameow. Pretty clever for a little kid! Throughout the class, all of the students were dropping Obama references left and right. The teaching point was ‘I want to….’ , which got responses like “I want to live in Obama’s house” and so on, but the best one was “I want to walk on the moon [with]Obama!”

I am really happy to have people from other countries, especially here, viewing America in a positive way again.

ものいい 

January 21, 2009

I was watching Red Carpet, a usually luke warm comedy show, at the gym today and found this group called Mono-Ii. The “short conto”, or skit, that they did was funny enough to make me look them up on youtube, where I found these great videos. They did a series of skits in which beloved characters like Winnie the Pooh and Doraemon have run-ins with yakuza on the street. For the Japanese speaking readers only, sorry.

Hey Dude, Fill it Up Man!

January 19, 2009

As in my Ipod! This is such a sweet website!!!!

It converts youtube videos into mp3s. This is a wet dream come true for me because there is so much out of print and impossible to find stuff out there, especially being in Japan.  I have no clue as to the legality of this, so I will not use it nor do I condone anyone else using it.

Sunday report

January 19, 2009

I had a very busy, but somewhat disappointing, day yesterday. I went on a quest to find a new watch in Harajuku before  my hair cut appointment there later on in the evening. The watch I had planned to buy was so freakishly big that despite the cool design I couldn’t bring myself to drop 600 bones on it. Then, just to make myself feel bad for not being retardedly rich, I went into a high-end watch shop next to Omotesando Hills. I would say that the average price there was around $11,000 USD. Tucked way back in the corner, however, were some relatively cheap models, most of which were made by GSX. I got really lucky and found this watch! It is a collaboration with Furi Furi Company and was limited to only 666 pieces. It has so many cool features,  my favorite is that the main second hand spins really fast, with one revolution equaling 1 second. It looked chaotic.The price tag was a little on the heavy side, so I had to think it over during my haircut….

I went to a salon named Dude because their policy is to shut up and just cut your hair instead of blabbing your ear off with personal questions. They held up that part of the deal, thank god. I am so sick of answering the same old questions like “Can you eat natto?” every time I go to the barber. The style, on the other hand, well….. I showed him a picture of what I wanted and told him to think 80s skate punk, but came out looking very close to this:

Possessed to Skate?

Possessed to Skate?

I thanked the dude, paid, and walked out of the place thinking maybe it wasn’t so bad. After about 45 seconds of trying my best, I put on my hat. Thankfully it looks fine now that I have rinsed out all the gunk and styled it myself. Also, the place had a hair-washing guy that was a dead ringer for Lurch, only in some silly hipster clothes and black rimmed glasses. In true Lurch fashion, he never spoke a word, just stood there waiting for someone who needed a rinse.

I went back and bought the watch, then had dinner at a 300 yen menu Chinese izakaya in Shibuya with an old friend before calling it a night.

Matter Over Mind

January 12, 2009

I can’t wait to try these at work!

New Camera

January 11, 2009

I just replaced my lost camera with this:

Lumix DMC G-1

Lumix DMC G-1

This is my first SLR camera. So far I really dig it and will try to post some pictures taken with it soon!

江戸川乱歩

January 11, 2009

I just lifted this trailer from my friend Dr. Senbei’s new blog. He needs a proofreader, but his content is “so pulpy reading it at sea prevents scurvy”!

MXMXM Spring 2009

January 11, 2009

Magical Mosh Misfits, a virtually unknown but really rad indie skate brand based in Toyko,  just uploaded previews of their Spring 2009 line! The highlight is a T-shirt collaboration with Thrasher magazine!!!

They are really cool, friendly guys and their shop in Ikebukuro more or less doubles as a shrine to キン肉マン/M.U.S.C.L.E., broken skateboards and Nintendo, so go check them out and support a great brand!

MXMXM vs. Thrasher

Super Hero Energy Drink?

January 9, 2009

thorpedo=

pics-thor_throw ?

Extremely Unfortunate update: It turns out that there is a washed-up Olympic swimmer who was under heavy suspicion of doping nicknamed Thorpedo, and I have to assume this sports drink has something to do with him. That just took all the fun out of my morning.