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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!


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:


Grand Theft Auto mess getting messier…..

Posted by on Friday, 29 July, 2005

:doze: Well, I thought things couldn’t get any worse and out of hand for Take Two Interactive and Rockstar Games (publisher and maker of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas), but it just did….

According to CNN an 85-year-old woman is filing a lawsuit against the creators of GTA:SA because in her opinion they “engaged in false, misleading and deceptive practices.” Well, what caused her to sue? Well, she had originally bought the M-rated game for her 14-year-old grandson… READ THAT AGAIN. She bought an M-(mature, not for children under 17) rated game for her 14-year-old grandson…. And she sues the company because it contains hidden, mature content? Geeeeeeeez…….. I hope the case gets thrown out of court. However, with today’s ultra-conservative religious climate in the States, I’m sure she’ll get a settlement, of, oh… a millon bucks or so.

Yep… This whole affair makes me SICK!

[EDIT] I just found this… The adventures of MoralValuesMan. Hilarious!!


More Hot Coffee….

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 July, 2005

I’m still pretty much in shock and outrage about this whole GTA:SA matter.

So I will share another great link to information about the absurdity of it:

(From BoingBoing)