Archive for August, 2005


New Japan-related additions

Posted by on Friday, 19 August, 2005

Just wanted to point out the fact that I added a range of new Japan-related recommended blogs to my personal blog-roll (oh isn’t that a hip “in-word” right now?) to the right.

A big thanks to Sushi Zume for providing a number of these links. And when I say “providing” I mean I shamelessly stole the links from her interesting blog… Sorry ’bout that! :blush:

Anyway, it seems there are a lot more foreigners in Japan blogging now – I remember a while ago I tried to find some interesting reading in that regard on the Net but couldn’t really find anything. Of course you can always revert back to that crazy place F*cked Gaijin if you feel you have the mental stability for it… Not that they’re ALL crazy over there, but talk about your high rate of English teachers per capita, oh boy!


Borderline-Inappropriate Dancing!

Posted by on Thursday, 18 August, 2005

:rolleyes: Well, this is yet again an old site that probably is wellknown to everyone and his uncle, but I first found it today (via Waxy Links).

Timothy McSweeney’s Lists

Hilarious collection of lists of everything you can and cannot imagine… To give you an idea of what type of lists to expect, here are a few excerpts:

Ten Precepts From The Art of War That Never Made It Past Sun Tzu’s Editor
e.g. Always keep the hair of your men shorn close to the scalp. Nobody likes hippies.

Seven Band Names That Would Be Impossible to Book
e.g. No Event Scheduled, Renovating, Canceled Due To Fire

Lesser-Known Movie Prequels
e.g. Borderline-Inappropriate Dancing, Thursday the 12th

Twelve Sequels to Dances With Wolves That, Due to Monetary Constraints, Were Never Produced
e.g. Makes Sweet Love to Wolves, Pays Alimony to Wolves

Well, you get the picture…hehe… Gotta love it, has that Jack Handey-feeling to it, doesn’t it? :)


Jumbo sized sundae time!

Posted by on Wednesday, 17 August, 2005

๐Ÿ˜€ Yiihaa…. Time for a wonderful, super-sized Ice Cream Sundae!!

So on Friday, me and Hikaru went out to get us a couple of jumbo-sized sundaes (in Japan they’re called parfaits) at a place she had seen reviewed on TV called “Osama to Ichigo” (็Ž‹ๆง˜ใจใ„ใกใ”), translated to English, it means “King and Strawberry.” This particular coffee-shop is famous for its huge ice cream sundaes. They have two sizes: “Jumbo” (around 500 yen) and “King” (2100 yen). Hikaru originally wanted to try the King-size, but after asking the waitress how large it actually was (I’d say she approximated the height of the King Parfait to be around 40-50 cm!) she quickly changed her mind and we settled for a jumbo each.

Well, a Jumbo sized one was enough for me, let me tell you that! And it had been a few hours since lunch, so I was actually quite hungry too. Check out the pictures below. Although it doesn’t look to impressive in the pictures, imagine there is another 10 cm of soft ice cream on top of what’s left in the glass (I forgot to take a picture before digging in)!

Verdict? Awesome! Simple and pure ice cream heaven. It’s a no-frills-sundae consisiting of only soft ice cream, your choice of sauce (e.g. chocolate, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry etc.) and corn flakes. Nothing more, noting less. The massive amount of ice cream in it was enough for me to not care for dinner that day!

Here’s the location of Osama to Sutoroberi shown on Google Maps. The closest station is Musashi-Koyama on the Tokyu Meguro Line.


Coolbiz? More like hot-sweaty-biz

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 August, 2005

Well as I was walking down the street on my way to eat lunch in the 30+ degree heat we have here in Japan, I saw the official “Coolbiz” campaign poster for the first time.

(Click for larger image)

Coolbiz is a couple of months old by now, but it’s never too late to complain about a bad thing, is it?

In short, coolbiz is an idea proposed by prime minister Koizumi (soon ex-prime minister ?) that aims to decrease CO2 pollution and energy use during the summer months, by turning up the heat on offices’ air conditioners. Yes, the governent has decided to never go above 28 degrees (C) during the period 21st of June to 23rd of September. But what on earth is “cool” about that? Well, during this period of “energy saving” the government also will enforce a less strict dress code; allowing workers to lose their ties and coats.

Although having a less strict dress code is by all means a positive thing, I cannot really see that there is much benefit in setting the air conditioning to 28 degrees. I’d really like to see some energy-saving figures after this campaign is over. Well only governmental offices are *required* to join the campaign, although I presume a lot of private companies are joining in too.

28 degrees inside the office is MADNESS! I turn down the AC when some dork pushes it up to 26 ! How the heck am I going to be able to work effectively in 28 degrees heat? Well, since no one really works effectively in this country anyway, I guess it really doesn’t make any difference…… :plain:


Long live the Dutch! :-D

Posted by on Tuesday, 9 August, 2005

Ya know, after reading this entry on OHiNY, I actually would consider travelling on KLM again!


…on a sidenote… Being the mileage-whore that I am, there is no way I would travel KLM again though…. Unless UA would actually go bankrupt and throw Star Alliance into state of upheaval! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ