I love table game, especially German game. I must tell you I addicted to Carcassonne and play it every way to work and home in train. Of course table game is fun more to play with friends on the table! But it is not popular in Japan and it is very hard to find people and place to play. Then finally one shop opened in Shibuya "German game space Shibuya". Game guide will choose game from their 100 collection and teach how to play, enter charge is 2000yen for 2h30m. You can bring foods and drink. This is my dreamed place.
This is JR(Japan railway) Tokai's app. "Let's go Kyoto", you can see Kyoto in autumn by free app, check it out.
This is funny topic! "TIL that only a quarter of Japanese people eat sushi more than once per month". Yes, actually I ate sushi maybe two month ago. I think I ate Italian or Chinese more than Sushi, coz it's cheaper! But of course we like sushi, sometimes I eat good one but it's really expensive. Near my home, there is a famous good sushi place, the shop get fresh fish from Tsukiji every morning and they do courteous and creative work on each sushi. Looks good right? but it cost over 10000 yen at night.
Breakfast in the world. I love Hawaii one or Denmark one, Japanese breakfast looks bad. When you stay in Japanese Ryokan, this is typical Japanese breakfast, usually we have a piece of fish, natto, and egg(raw or cooked).
Maybe I will be dissapointed to my prounatiation too. I can't laght at all :-(
I read Steven Jobs like Japanese food and they have some Japanese menu on Apple company cafeteria, so so many people was Good bye and thank you Steven Jobs on the internet and one of them was "Tsukiji Soba Academy" that we can't imagine they are connect to Apple. But I read Apple kitchen stuffs visited to learn Japanese food to them and they are connected. Anyway one of famous Japanese menu in Apple was Sashimi soba, I am not sure it is true or not, but very unique menu, that I have never heard in Japan :-)
Occupy wall street spread out to the world, Of course it comes to Japan, here is a site "Occupy Tokyo", they had three demo walking in last Saturday. Mainly they protest for tax, anti-nuclear and poor job situation.
American nature photographer Tim Laman appears on Canon TV show and this is their special site "Into the nature", you can watch his job on the set and his beautiful photos.
A japanese toilet maker TOTO has a toilet bike project now. It is the one that bike runs 1000km to Tokyo on biogas funeral. But since the seat has toilet shape(it is just a symbol and it doesn't work) I read foreign sites misunderstood that the bike can run by your poop! it's a bike powered by your poop! No no no no, I hope you understand it's wrong.TOTO appeals the biogas part and the bike doesn't run by your poop!
My favorite Lupin the third wears disguise with mask when he rob. Even for kid, it's false, it looked impossible to have such realistic mask. But it is not dream anymore. A Japanese company called 3DPFs copies of human faces in 3D and make real masks.
Before we need to use wax to make such real mask but they use stereo-gram technology so that it will take only two weeks and also cost is low.(First mask is $3000.
Bubble wrap is called "Puti Put"i in Japan, it is called like that because of sound when you break bubbles, in Japan Kawakami Sangyo has sweeping top share in this product and "puti puti" is made as their registered trade name now. As leading company their bubble wrap products are unique. I picked before heart shape one,. Funny one is wrap for only enjoying to break, it called Pucchin skat" (means feeling good to break or something like that). That special wrap has harder skin and makes very loud sound. According the company's report, every countries, every generation,(even babies) and apes enjoy to break bubble and it seems to work for releasing stress, the company said they get bulk order from nursing home, because Alzheimer patients can be calm and sit down for long when they break bubble. And you know what? Kawakami Sangyo sent a lot of Pucchin skat to 33 miracle in 2010 Copiapo mining accident. we don't know 33 guys did putiputi under ground.
Hitachi construction machinery Co,.Ltd is No2. construction equipment manufacture in Japan. Their new machines "ASTACO" are designed by guy who love Gundam, so machine's moving way and shape look close to Gundam mobile suits. Not only looking, the mechanic parts are unique too, driver watches monitor and move joystick in his both sides. machine's arm and driver's stick move to the same direction, driver feel using his extention arm. ASTACO is used for rescue and demolition work, actually the are working at Tohoku area after 311. Cool isn't it?
Good news! or maybe not :-). Japanese Ministry of the environment said, Japanese gov will invite 10000 of foreign people for free. You need to take in your travel plan to ministry and if you pass it, you will get free flight ticket to Japan. The purpose of this project is your report, raw voice to the world about the safety and security of this country.
After 311, foreign travelers are decreasing. And foreign visitors on business are very nervous. Actually last week we had F1 in Suzuka where is far away from Fukushima, but Red Bull team said they brought all foods and didn't use any Japanese food stuff for team, when we knew it on the news, some were very disappointed, but I understood Red bull. I myself don't know we may trust government's saying 100%, but what else can we do? I need to work and make money at Tokyo...(My co-worker bought geiger counter and he is making sure Tokyo is okay everyday)
Anyway when you like the project, I really hope you can make it! I can give you simple advice, if you need it. And I promise I will update about this project.
After 311, many things have changed for me, I won't say the end or judgement day will come at any rate, I just feel I need to face to something important I ignore for long time. ;-) I am not sure what it is yet but I am thinking everyday. Actually the one reason why I hardly update my blog is THAT. I could't have interest to I thought it was fun before.
October 9th Shioiri Station use this announcement instead of regular one.
Don't think Japanese are such crazy, many people hate this craziness to use such otaku item for mass transit. (look at the number of dislike), However funny part was people many angry when Odakyu stopped Doraemon train because it's against the rule of Tokyo district. It stopped in one month after released. We like Draemon train, coz Doraemon is a kind of national idol. Tamayura is a otaku otaku animation.
Anyway watching the world news, don't you think everything has started to change? I really love to watch protest in wall street. I feel something has started and this changing must be good one. I truly think like that.
no update for one month! this is ridiculous, I didn't not know such long. I couldn't find topics i want to write actually,
When I started this blog, there were not many English blog about Japan, so it's was fun to tell anything. but now there are many many good, interesting blogs about Japan, what's happning in Japan. So I am still thinking what is good to writre...difficult but I will try.