Once you get past how actually traumatic a mugging would be, this video is hilarious.
October 17, 2010
October 17, 2010
Alliteration? Yeah, I know a little about it.
So, this post is somewhat delayed, and approaching a mashup, but heres what I’ve seen over the last week or few days. I’ve been all over the place, recently, mostly dealing with school and getting set up to work, also preparing for some relatives that are coming to visit Japan while I’m here. Very busy, blah blah blah, stuff to do, blah blah, no time, blah blah.
But anyway, I’ll just put up the pictures and a few thoughts.
This was a REALLY random thing to run into in Shinjuku/Japan. He was doing this outside Shinjuku station and there were a lot of people gathered around him, of course wondering if he was real. Pretty awesome. Not sure if he was part of some comedy troupe or something, or if there were more…
So, the story with this festival is that it occurred today, and I totally missed it. Me and a friend went out trying to find it, and didn’t really succeed, but did run into other things. The pictures from here on out were taken during that time.
And that’s what we ended up finding. It was sort of a Japanese play, unfortunately I didn’t pay enough attention in Japanese culture class to tell you what kind of play it is (I’m just sure it’s not a No play). We caught maybe the last 5 minutes of it, and it was pretty interesting. — Note, this is the “Musical” as referred to in the title.
After all that excitement, I just snapped pictures of random things….
Well, that’s about it for now… I’ll leave you with this thought, however: It looks like the more time I spend in Japan, the less I know about Japanese culture.
Deep? not really.
October 17, 2010
I haven’t seen many cars too out of the ordinary here yet, but it’s getting there. Here are two that I saw, one quite a while ago and the other more recently. They’re more typical sports cars I’m into, and want to see more of, but I haven’t seen much yet, still not sure when I’ll get a chance to visit a track.
By the way, me and some friends have pretty much deduced that the spot where we kept seeing Ferraris (there was a black one, in the SAME spot, by the SAME shop as the white one I have pictured here) is a yakuza hang out. So I’m probably going to stop taking pictures of yakuza cars.
“What? How do you know they’re Yakuza? You’re just making things up! Aren’t you a BBMIJ, can’t you take care of yourself? Don’t be so chicken!” — If this is something you would say, my resposne is: Just the possibility of me being right is enough to deter me completely. Also, I get the disturbing feeling that Yakuza are even more brutal than some other crime syndicates, since the japanese love to take things to the next level.
Well anyway, here non-Yakuza cars I spotted…
Oh, please note, I’m in-between Photoshops right now, so the brushing was done with paint.
October 13, 2010
Here in japan, I’ve found something I doubt I could have forseen I’d find.
The game’s called Baby Bridges… though It has some other names, and I’m not sure where that particular name came from, heres how it goes… I’ve been playing it with some people at the dorm I live in, and it’s just so much fun.
So, how you play the game is, people have to be pinky swared in as a pair/group (so that you know who’s involved), and from then on, until two people (at least) pinky sware out, you cannot say any words that start with B. Can’t, as in, if you do, everyone else that’s playing the game is allowed to punch you until you say “Baby Bridges”. If I were to summarize the strategies involved in this game, it’d be:
1) Don’t say words that start with B
2) Always listen for words that start with B
3) Say “Baby Bridges” often
I have no idea why this game is so fun, maybe you have to be young and stupid to understand… Oh, and here’s a link to an explanation of the game:
And in actual BBMIJ related news:
Here’s a shot of campus, where I’m NOT at today, because in Japan, Wednesdays happen to be a day off. Most classes are actually 1 hour and 30 minutes long, so two class periods construct 3 hours a week for a given class. Because of that, most classes are either Monday/Thursday classes, or Tuesday/Friday. Though there is one exception: Japanese Language class.
A bunch of my friends have to take Japanese everyday. I was blessed with Japanese 3, which DOESN’T have class on Wednesday, so presto-chango, I am FREE on Wednesday. I think America should take this approach soon, because it is absolutely amazing to go to school for two days maximum at a time.
I sure hope I haven’t posted this picture before…
I keep meaning to take my camera with me to more places and take more pictures…. But I’m kind of lazy. And seeing as I don’t have any money right now, it’s a little hard to plan outings. But that should change by next week. Anyway, a lazy post, on a lazy Wednesday.
October 9, 2010
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I’ve got good news and bad news. I’m a bad news first kind of guy, so I’ll put the bad news first. Unfortunately, I am not in Japan on vacation. Evidently, that’s not what “Study Abroad” means. The foreign language (well, I guess it’s not foreign language to them…) department is hell bent on making sure I do my fair share of work, and more. Why does this matter? Even though I don’t typically do homework for long periods of time or at all, this means that just the thought of having homework now takes up my thoughts, adding to my laziness, and delaying blog posts even more. A tragedy.
The good news: Japanese arcades are awesome.
I should state that UFO catchers, or crane games, as some may call them, ARE A WASTE OF MONEY. DON’T DO IT, JUST DON’T. EVEN IF IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S RIGHT ON THE EDGE, IT WON’T GO ANYWHERE.
I say this, because I watched friends put money into machines that were just plain deceitful. Though, it was fun to watch. I think if I wanted to really, REALLY torture someone, I’d lock them to something dangerous, like a moving saw that’s going to hurt them, and require them to win something from a crane game to be freed. I should submit my idea to whatever movie company makes SAW.
But other than that, the arcade was a really different experience from arcades in America (though I have to admit, I haven’t been to one since I was a much younger kid)… First of all, there were all sorts of people there. I saw an old business man playing a dynasty warriors like strategy game with some trading cards that were evidently magnetized or something, because he could play them, and have their effects show up on the screen. Then, I saw more UFO catchers. Then MORE UFO catchers. Then a machine that dispensed candy, but it was another crane game.
The Japanese like crane games.
After going up to the second floor (There were at least 4. I can’t even imagine how anyone would get out if there was a fire. Same goes for about 80% of places I’ve been in tokyo), I saw some more games…. I saw this cube game that was like… Simon says on ‘roids. Though I didn’t get a picture, imagine a 4×4 possibly 5×5 Rubik’s cube on which you had to press each every time you saw each one light up. It was insane. And of course, the japanese gamers there were playing it with intense skill. I saw that coming.
Up another level, and we saw a bunch of shooters, a real-time simulation horse racing bet game, with something like 8 chairs for people to play (I guess if you don’t have space for a real track, an electronic one works too?). Then we saw a mario kart arcade game, which I can only imagine was a TON of fun.
Going up another level, things started getting GOOD. We saw a Internet-linked Gundam Simulator, which I just had to get some pictures of, and a friend of mine played. Unfortunately, I had no money this entire time, so all I could do was watch. I think I fully understand the “poor college student” idea now.
And as is customary on the internets, if there are no pictures, it didn’t happen. BEWARE, the picture are HUGE (I forgot to batch resize these, and I’m way too lazy to re-upload)…
On my way to Shinjuku, I came across this:
Some arcade shots:
The Gundam pods were awesome, however, I found another downside to being a BBMIJ. You don’t fit in the arcade games you want to play the most. Sigh. What a loss.
And that’s about it. We’ll see what I can get into next week.
October 9, 2010
I don’t know what it is about the Japanese, but they seem to be very rich. Maybe, everyone saves all their money all the time so that they can buy exotic cars… Not a bad culture at all.
Well, theres only one car in this feature… And it’s a Ferrari. a beautiful, beautiful car. Though I didn’t get to see it go, it was parked in around the same place as the Mercedes that’s been featured multiple times. I’m starting to think it’s a Yakuza hang out spot. There are only two pictures, but enjoy:
I envy you, japanese yakuza/rich businessmen/debt-ridden car enthusiast. I envy you.
October 3, 2010
OK, so I haven’t made a lot of posts over the last week, since I’ve been so busy with school beginning, and friends throwing parties, and going around but not bringing my camera, so heres a Mashup post, including basically most of the things that have happened recently. Heeeeere we go.
OK, so I ALMOST had an awesome JWeird Post. The title was going to be “Cat Cafes”. As I’m sure you’ve all heard, Japan has numerous cafes, some of which are maid cafes, in which people dressed as maids serve you, and smile at you, and talk to you, etc, etc. A little less known (though a Japanese friend of mine has told me that this is NOT a normal Japanese place people go to), is the CAT CAFE. Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. You go in, PET CATS, and eat/drink ridiculously overpriced food.
I think it’s Cat Prostitution. Really. Do a comparison between regular old prostitution and this “cat cafe” business, and I’m sure that you’ll see the similarities are glaring, too. But anyway, how did I ALMOST get a good post? I didn’t go in.
Yeah, I can hear your boos, but heres my defense: at the time, I have 1000 yen to my name, and the entrance fee was 900 yen. Could YOU justify spending 90% of your remaining assets to WALK IN o a place where you pet cats and eat? Nevermind the fact that I wouldn’t be able to eat anything once entering. I didn’t think so.
Anyway, here are the pictures I snapped of the place:
OK, well, the next few shots are kind of related, but kind of not, and I guess I could make a joke about it, but I won’t. They’re all cranes. One, I saw walking to school, the other I saw in an arcade.
Now, some random shots I took… They’re spread out over a couple days, and some are attempts at art… Bear with me as I finally get this stuff off my todo list.
And now, for a truly weird and disturbing look into the NOT DANGEROUS side of Shinjuku. I feel like I need to repeat, I hadn’t even WANDERED into the bad part of town yet (assuming there is one), and I saw these signs.
So, what’s the big deal? Why are these pictures so important? It looks like your usual parlor of promiscuity. OK, so this didn’t shock me (which I guess is a win for the Japaneses society, and a loss for me), but the name of the place is. I tried my hardest to translate it a different way, but it translates to “Hu ai to bi- chi”. In regular speak: White Bitch. Yes. The name of that store, is White Bitch. Unbelievable. That’s all I have to say about it, I just felt it was important to post. I wonder if the person who thought up the name of this business was even aware of what it meant.
And with that picture, that’s the end of my mashup post. Sorry for being lazy, but at least now I have a clean slate, and can take some more pictures, without making a million posts to categorize them all.
October 3, 2010
So for the second JStuff feature, I’ll be showing off some of the technology I’ve acquired while I’ve been in Japan. Some of it is pretty basic, and some aren’t. Though I haven’t even started to scrape the surface of Japan’s tech culture, I think some of the things I’ve gotten so far are pretty sweet. Sometimes I think maybe I should just start buying stuff here and selling it in the states for profit…
Why in the world would I feature a portable spoon? I featured it because I support this idea, that we should take cutlery anywhere so that we can be ready to eat a meal at any time. Long be the day from me that I am offered food but no means to eat it. I can only imagine the agony such a situation would cause. So, I bought myself a handy portable spoon, that is probably only meant to feed babies or asians, I guess, because it’s just so damn small. I guess I can just eat 1/4 a bite at a time.
So here’s a wireless keyboard and mouse combo I got here in japan. Why is this up here? It cost me around $48. And that’s including the exchange rate. I though that was a good price for stuff that works, and though I don’t know what in the world Buffalo, or whether their company is any good, I know that it works (mostly because I’m typing on it right now, and haven’t had any problems with it so far). Hurray for manufacturers in China!
So here’s a watch I bought for myself while I was in Japan. The watch is awesome, and it works very well, and I get a lot of compliments on it. A European friend of mine actually helped me pick it out (I was going for an all green one).
SIDE NOTE – Everything in Japan is EXPENSIVE. OK, maybe just Tokyo. But it is EXPENSIVE. This watch was 30+ dollars, and that was “cheap”. A friend of mine has a funky looking analog watch that he paid over $100 for. And he thought that was a deal. Beware, Japan is an expensive place…
And another thing that makes absolutely no sense here: Rice is expensive. 5kg sells for about $20. Maybe I’m mistaken, but I’m pretty damn sure in America, $20 could buy you one of those bags they throw off planes into refugee areas in Africa. You would think that rice would be cheap in a country where everyone eats it. Go figure. Oh and before someone tries to explain economics to me, about supply and demand, please remember that the supply of rice is NOT small. Theres no way demand would push the price up that much for no good reason. But I digress.
OK, possibly the biggest part of this tech feature is the cell phone I got in Japan. As may be expected, Japanese cell phones are definitely a cut above America’s. First of all, they can send emails, and receive emails, from a picked email address, for no charge (as in, no internet “subscription” or extra fee). I bought a prepaid, so my phone is pretty basic, but if I had paid about $40 more for my phone, I would have gotten a phone that could watch streaming TV anywhere, also for free. FREE. AT&T would calculate how much TV you’ve watched, and charge you handsomely, but here, it’s FREE. Though, Japanese TV is probably the biggest downfall of the entire society, though it is entertaining at times. But maybe I’ll say more on that later.
So, back to the cellphone. Another feature that I thought was really amazing, but others might already have (especially in Europe) is the ability to send things over infrared. These phones almost all come with infrared ports, and you can send things like contact data over infrared to someone who is holding their phone close. This, I thought was really convenient, since the only way to add people (other than bluetooth) in America was manually. I guess America just skipped infrared and went straight to bluetooth.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this little feature. Though I’m broke-ish right now, I’m sure once I’ve stated working, I’ll be fully prepared to buy up all this country’s technology. A friend of mine is also thinking of building a desktop for super cheap while he’s here…. Maybe I’ll do the same.