In answer to the poll “What foreign TV series do you want to view thoroughly this summer holiday?”, in itself not such a strange question, there were some in my opinion highly unexpected results – please see below:
1. Full House
6. Dae Jang-geum (Korean)
8. Winter Sonata (Korean)
9. Knight Rider
10.Beverly Hills 90210
15.Sex and the City
19.All In (Korean)
Well, what can you say? I must say that I’m really surprised that the top 3 are virtual classics by now, although calling “Full House” a classic might be a bit of a stretch. I was aware of the show’s popularity here in Japan since before, but I didn’t think it was the thought to be the most popular show ever! Also, I’m wondering about Bewitched – how come that is so popular here? Was there some kind of revival after the Nicole Kidman movie, or something? Also, I definitely thought that “Winter Sonata” was going to be the highest ranked Korean drama, but perhaps everyone has already seen it 100+ times, so they see no need in renting it and watching it yet again….
Here is a link to the original poll results on Goo (in Japanese)
If there is still anyone reading this (I wouldnt blame you if you didn’t, looking at my past record of, oh, 1 post every 3 months) I would like to update you on some changes which have kept me busy the last few months…
I’ve moved from Ota-ku （大田区）:
to Setagaya-ku （世田谷区）:
If you’re not familiar with Tokyo’s geography, Ota-ku is the ward in Tokyo which is farthest to the South-west, bordering Kanagawa-ken (where Kawasaki and Yokohama are). Setagaya-ku is North of Ota-ku, a bit closer to the city centers of Shibuya and Shinjuku. Setagaya feels like a more urban neighborhood than Ota – it’s more youthful and active with schools and universities.
What are the “hot” spots in Setagaya-ku then? The following three I rank as top 3 as far as shopping&dining is concerned.
Shimokitazawa (in Japanese)
Sangenjaya (in Japanese)
It’s time to present a list of the greatest things I found on the Internet in 2006. Is it a reocurring column if it is only the second time I do it? Well, I plan to continue doing it, so I guess you can call it that.
- The Best Blonde Joke Ever
Well there is not much more to say about this than click the link and enjoy. A modern classic!
- Toy Story Meets Requiem For A Dream
There were many mashups and re-edited movie trailers surfacing in 2006 after the amazing success of The Shining Redux, but none blew my mind like this one.
- Line Rider
Simple but ingenious game which, if you are not careful, will occupy all your sparetime for the next few days. After playing a while, you might think you are getting good at it, but, think again!
- SNL Dick in a Box
Justin TImberlake guest stars in a recent SNL episode and among other fairly good sketches, he stars in one of the most fabulous SNL productions in a long time (not up to Narnia standard, but close!)
- The Evolution of Dance
Old but gold! You simply cannot watch this enough times… It never gets boring!
Yeah, so this did not launch in 2006, I know, but I didn’t realize it’s amazingness until a bit into the year. It is an Internet-jukebox so to speak, which lets you create custom radio channels based on your favorite songs or artists. Via a wide range of algorithms, it finds similar music that you might enjoy (in most cases it’s pretty good!
A great mix of mainstream media news and user-submitted news & commentary. The user-submitted stories are fairly USA-centered, but overall makes for a really good news site.
Netvibes is an AJAX online desktop or startpage, sort of similar to Google’s personal startpage etc. but it offers so much more than the Google/Yahoo variety. I find it handles various types of RSS feeds better than Google, and there are more customization options. What it is lacking is perhaps some of the “gadgets” that are available to Google users.
By the way, here is a link to last year’s list: Best stuff I found on the Internet 2005.
Japanese fashion website Kirei-Navi asked their readers (mainly female, for obvious reasons) what disillusions them about Japanese men, and the results were obvious to amusing:
1. Having an arrogant attitude towards the staff of a restaurant
2. Wants to split the bill exactly down to 10-yen level
3. Panics when seeing a spider or cockroach
4. Cleaning your teeth openly with a toothpick after eating
5. Having an office desk littered with toy figurines
6. Wearing a T-shirt with print on it which can be seen through the dress shirt
7. Being lousy at parking a car
8. Dresses well in a suit at the office, but regular clothing is terrible
9. Frantically plays cell phone games on the train
10.Wiping your face with the oshibori (wet towel) given at a restaurant
11.Cannot connect Audio/Video equipment; bad at using a computer
12.Having a wallet filled to the breadth with old receipts and useless cards
13.Fixing your hair using the subway train’s window as a mirror
14.Wearing white socks with a nice business suit
15.Using lots of pictures and icons in phone mails
16.Awful handwriting – makes for unreadble notes and whiteboard writing
17.Typing abnormally fast and loud on the keyboard
18.Collecting large amounts of discount coupons and point cards
19.Preference for “womenly” sweet drinks like Kahlua Milk
I actually agree with most of these, even I find some of them upsetting. There is an incredible amount of men in this country that wears white sports socks with a suit. What is up with that? Can’t you see it looks terrible? On the other hand, what is wrong with fixing your hair in the subway window? I mean, it must be better than bringing a hand mirror along with you in your briefcase and using THAT! Oh, and if any of you have problem no 6, the solution is to wear it inside out – then usually the print will not show through! 😉
(Original ranking in Japanese; Thanks to Mari for the link: Watashi to Tokyo – hope you don’t mind I re-translated the original text.)
Recently I have found myself bored with my regular blog reading – I don’t know why, but I’ve found myself getting bored by blogs I used to read fervently before.
So, while casually browsing the latest stuff to come through the RSS feeds on my Netvibes page, I found a link to the following:
Best Blogs of 2006 that You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading (via: Waxy.org)
That is an extremly high recommended list of interesting blogs you may or (probably) may not be reading right now. I for one was not reading any of them regularly, and had only heard about a handful.
And yes, this is yet another fairly unrelated post on this blog which has fallen victim of my recent increased workload and lack of inspiration…. Sorry, I hope that maybe by reading some of these blogs I, too, might rediscover my inspiration to rekindle the activity of my blog again…