Yurusare Gyaku Yunyu

“Yurusarezarumono” was the Japanese title for the Clint Eastwood movie, “Unforgiven.” Although I’ve used it improperly in the title of this post, the term, “gyaku yunyu,” means reverse-importing (importing products made by JP companies overseas into JP). What I’m actually trying to fucking say is that a noted Korean director, Lee Sang-il, is directing a Japanese remake of “Unforgiven,” starring Ken-fucking Watanabe (fucking in a good sense).

Go. See. Trailer. Now. (Learn. Japanese. Now.)

(via Adam)

Treasures from Japan – Part 1

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I hereby deem this the Ultimate Japanese New Years Variety Pack! From top left, clockwise: oshiruko (sweet red bean soup), shoga-yu (hot ginger drink), amazake (sweet sake w/curds), matsutake soup packets (awesome with instant noodles), and Aquarius drink powder (for the following day’s hangover). Thanks, Taro!

I am looking into getting my hands on equipment to pound our own mochi with from next year.

 

Toyota reviving Nobunaga (Toyota ReBorn), plus killer killer whales

Linkdump follows:

Any modern car ad using a 1960’s S40 Crown is worth watching in my opinion, but the CM being referred to (and uploaded to Youtube just 3 hours ago) is just indecipherable. The making of video isn’t much help, either.

Killer whales attack and eat sharks: In itself, not news but apparently orcas screw with sharks the way that dolphins screw with bait balls, using their cunning mammalian brains

This Chinese Village Is So Rich It Built A Fake Great Wall And Arc De Triomphe: I’m not sure those are signs of wealth by themselves — the small Japanese island I used to live on had miniature versions of those and several other famous structures at their aging amusement park, and the last I heard pretty much every last notable business went to shit (probably entirely coincidental with my leaving, but sorry to all my friends there just in case).

(At least one of the links above are from somebody, probably Mark, on Google+, but I can’t find it now)