Monday, September 20, 2021

Old Parr Coaster

I bought a fifth of Old Parr whiskey from a konbini a few weeks ago. It came with a little pressed paper coaster.

What I found amusing was the tasting notes section on the back of the coaster. It's an interesting idea, but at $6 for a fifth of whiskey, you're not going to get much flavor to take notes about.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monster Strike Glitter Card

I wrote about this image card I got from Donkey last month for 100 yen ($0.90 USD), along with a little stick of gum. Here's a better scan of it.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Lantern Teardown

This is probably the best symbolic image for the summer. Tearing down the lanterns in Tenmonkan. They were put up back in June as part of the Rakugatsugo festival celebrating the birth anniversary of Shimadzu Nariakira, one of the principal feudal lords of the 1800's in Kagoshima. Usually, this is accompanied by a 2-day event at Terakuni shrine, Shochu Street (a whole bunch of distilled spirits manufacturers promoting their alcohol, and Ogionsa (an old-style dance parade along Streetcar Street).

None of that stuff happened this year, either. Two dead summers in a row. And, as I wrote a couple weeks ago, Kagoshima is in the middle of an 8 PM curfew. All restaurants have to close their dining areas precisely at 8 PM, and stop take-out orders at 11 or 11:30 PM. All of the family restaurants I know of have completely stopped selling beer and wine. Initially, this was supposed to end on Aug. 23, when the Summer Olympics ended, but the curfew has been extended to late Sept. Sigh.

Stupid everything.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Kimetsu no Yaiba Sticker

I was walking down a side street recently, and found this little Demon Sword sticker (1"x1") lying on the ground, still in fairly good condition.

Kind of amazing, the things people will lose here.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Manga School Poster

Human Academy is kind of a technical college. One of the course programs they offer is manga and illustration drawing. I found this poster in a display case along Streetcar Street. Learn how to draw NSFW images.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Small Adventures - Theft

There's a small landing outside my apartment, and in the corner are propped up a few umbrellas. The apartment itself is small, and there's not much room for having the things in a stand just inside the door, so I keep them outside. We get a lot of rain, and I have to do a lot of walking to and from the school I teach at. Occasionally, the rain springs up unexpectedly and I'm caught outside without an umbrella, meaning I have to buy a new cheap one from the 7-11 near the school for 500 yen ($4.50 USD). All this goes to say that I have 3 cheap umbrellas propped in the corner of the landing. I also have a good, big $30 umbrella that I take with me everywhere when it is raining when I leave the apartment, but I keep that on the landing, too.

 A couple days ago, someone stole the good umbrella. While it was outside on the landing, we haven't had any extremely strong winds, so it wouldn't have blown out. And, this is a secured building, so the only suspects are one of the neighbors on this floor, and the floor immediately below. I'm not on good terms with my neighbors, so I can't simply go door to door to ask them which one took it.

It's said that while Japan is a safe country, there are two things the Japanese will steal without compunction - bicycles and umbrellas. Good thing I don't have a bike.

Monday, September 13, 2021