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Kutiman cuts up Tokyo

This is the dope shit for real:

Who is Kutiman?

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Japanese Chopsticks Etiquette

Posted for posterity:

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From the Nakamura website.

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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)

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Food Japanese Society/Culture Photos Thai Society/Culture

Salmon Lays

Salmon-flavored Lays Potato Chips
Salmon-flavored Lays Potato Chips

I somehow imagine this flavor would have come out in Japan rather than Thailand, either way, it wasn’t as bad as the salmon cream pizza I had in Tenri in the late 90’s.

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jeebus, i miss my silvia ps-13

He’s right, though… Street racing is a young man’s game.

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Takushi Doraiba

Man sets out to make quick-draw iPhone holster, ends up with video masterpiece

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Treasures from Japan – Part 2

JAva Curry Spicy Blend, Cup Noodle Gohan, Yebisu, and Premium Malts
Jsva Curry Spicy Blend, Cup Noodle Gohan, Yebisu, and Premium Malts

These will mostly, if not all, be consumed over the New Years break. Thank you, Dai!

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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.

 

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You have no idea how close I am to showing this with a straight face to my ultra-serious Japanese class for university teachers tomorrow.

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Cars Japanese Society/Culture Web

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)

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Tommy Lee Jones FTW

The best addition to a highball on a hot summer’s day is half a lime squeezed in the glass.

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Japanese Society/Culture Videos

Japanese Jedi

This video just keeps getting better and better. Pink wakizashi!

(via my pal Azumi on FB)

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One man’s folly…

How one Japanese village defied the tsunami

(via)

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swept away

Funny how a story’s coverage by US media shrinks in direct relation to lack of bipolar celebrities.

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Japanese Society/Culture

The Enomotos are Safe

Our relatives have apparently been found. There are no details yet, but this is good news. Thanks to everyone who helped out.

The Sendai webcam in Izumi-ku is back up again.

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Japanese Society/Culture

Sendai before and after

Via ABC Australia: Japan Earthquake: before and after

By the way, to all of the assholes mentioning Pearl Harbor karma, only 8.9 disappointment, and DDOSing the person finder app, FUCK YOU.

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UPDATE:
More shots from Google Earth: Before And After Photos Of the Japanese Earthquake

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Japanese Society/Culture

Looking for Yoichi Enomoto, Sachiko Enomoto

We are looking for my grandmother’s cousins, Yoichi Enomoto and Sachiko Enomoto. They live here, about seven kilometers from the coast of Sendai, one of the hardest hit areas. Their eldest son, Yoshi, lives in Tokyo. We do not know where any of them are.

This is a photo of Yoichi and Sachiko, they are both in their nineties:

The only webcam feed in their area still up as of yesterday is down today: Izumi-ku Sendai webcam
That’s about a mile from their neighborhood.

Their Romanized address is:
Miyagi-ken Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Yagiyama Yayoi-cho
Postal code: 982-0833

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Japanese Society/Culture

Japan Updates

NHK in Japanese has the best live coverage (the other JP news channels have been unstable today):
High speed 1
High speed 2
Low speed link

In English, NHK International is useless and US news channels are a FUCKING JOKE, especially CNN (presenters reading Twitter updates apparently based on what people are seeing on other channels). Try the streaming Al Jazeera page.

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I’ve gotten in touch with some relatives, but the Yoshida clan is spread far and wide, and there are 6.0 (on the Japanese scale the max is 7) aftershocks happening as I type this.

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UPDATE: Google Crisis Response page

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