12.02.2014

Say "cheese"

Katori Shingo from the no longer boy band (as in they are no longer boys but are still somehow a band) promotes a cheese product in an ad on the Tokyo subway. Does his smile look sickly to you as it does to me? He could play the Joker in the next Batman movie. Not a very appetizing way to sell food of any kind. 


11.28.2014

My Lord!

A road in Tokyo named after the main character of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Star-Lord. Oh, wait, it's Star Road. I see. 

Katakana can be a real bitch sometimes. I also love that Hobbit movie "Road of the Ring."


11.14.2014

Simon says WTF?

Spotted this through the window of a game center in Shibuya last night and had to go inside to take a closer look. When I first arrived in Japan back in 1999, Dance Dance Revolution was the hot arcade game. It was basically the old Simon electronic game combined with music and using feet instead of your hands. Well, meet Mai Mai. My friend described it best: "Simon meets Astroids meet Tempest meets Space Invaders on acid. Or some form of Japanese martial arts training. Possibly an epilepsy test."

11.07.2014

Short-sighted snacks

This is the Anpan-man corner in my local supermarket. That little TV screen at kiddie height is some great marketing tool. 



10.26.2014

Not so Sharp



Who keeps a box for a TV that is this old? Someone in Kamukura, Japan, that's who. I believe the TV used its legs to walk out on the person because after several decades it couldn't stand to live with a hoarder anymore. 

10.25.2014

Exercise party favors

This exercise device/party favor is so low-tech it really blows. Imagine giving a bunch of these to kids at a birthday party. They'd probably pass out trying to make it work. Now if only we can figure out how to lose weight while pinning the tail on the donkey. . . 

10.24.2014

Worst mirror ever


Well, it's not that bad. But I've definitely seen better. 
What do you expect for 100 yen plus tax?

10.21.2014

Dangerbirds


Danger! Look out for flying monkeys. . . I mean monkeys and black kites. Yeah, I never heard of a black kite either. It's a small bird of prey. Pray that it doesn't steal your lunch.