Nice Panda fashions from China.
I am a ruins fan and actually check the 'Gunkan Jima (Island)' site sometimes still now. Today I found another great site. The site has a huge collection of ruins in Japan. Of course he has 'Gunkan Jima' and the very famous place for ruins fan 'Maya Kanko Hotel.' That building has some class in a destroyed way. This is the 'Ashio Dozan' (Ashio Copper Mine) . This site has Ashio Dozan history in English, 'It's time to come out of the dream.' This and this are ruins of a U.S base in the Tokyo area. They don't looks like Tokyo. I wonder why ruins are so beautiful... ( I said the same before? Yes, I said it is monono aware.) They are at the mercy of the elements and do not resist time. But I must say this ruin is ugly. That is the amusement park 'Gulliver Land' located near the Mt.Fuji. The park was built on the site of the Aum Shinrikyo of 1995 Tokyo sarin gas attacks and related incidents. The buildings haven't broken yet and keep their vivid colors. Gulliver is still laying down there without seeing Mt.Fuji...ah weird. I tried to check if I could see it on Google map, but that area is unclear (just a few blocks next to it is clear though).
In Japan, we buy Tobacco at shops like supermarkets and convenience stores and vending machines. At a shop, the shop staff judge or ask customers their age. But vending machines don't have such a barrier now (some machines ask for a driver's license card). But from next year, we need a taspo card to buy tobacco from a vending machine. (This means foreign travelers can't buy tobacco from a vending machine? Maybe.) A vending machine maker will release the new machine tomorrow which can judge ages by camera. The machine checks your bone structure, wrinkles, etc., and judges if you're over 20 years old. They say the machine has about a 90% success rate of judging age and automatically it asks for a driver's license card when it is hard to judge. Hmm, I wonder if it works fine for foreign people. Maybe Asians will be okay though.
'Neko nabe' is a boom on the Internet now. Nabe is pot, but don't misunderstand -- it doesn't mean we eat cats. It is a movie where cats are sleeping in a pot. I saw it a few months ago on the Internet, but I didn't think it would be such a big boom. I think this is the original one I saw first. Here is the result of Neko nabe on YouTube.
This is the official site of Japanese artist Takashi Yamaguchi. Check his work and animation page. There are nice 3D works. I downloaded 'wPendulum' from Lab page. I think it has a relaxation effect :-)