Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sanrio Chips

The Napoli Order Out Pizzera has teamed up with Sanrio, to put Hello Kitty on their pizza boxes, as well as for a line of Sanrio chips. These things are puffed potato bits, and are about as bad as you'd expect them to be.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stairs Up

The older giant robots in Japan don't age well.

Monday, June 18, 2018


In the land of Godzilla and giant robots...
Dreaming mechanical monster dreams.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


I've had a fair amount of translation clean-up work lately, which has been eating away at my free time. The only times I was able to get out on Saturday were when I went grocery shopping, and then when I had one lesson at the school at 7 PM. Fortunately, there didn't seem to be much in the way of events this weekend, so I didn't miss anything on Saturday. But, I wasn't able to get out of the apartment on Sunday until close to 4:30 PM, and by that point what was going on at Amu Plaza was almost over.

What was going on was called "Kagoshima-uma," which is a wordplay on "Kagoshima" and "shimauma." Kagoshima is the city I'm in. "Shima" is "stripe" and "uma" is "horse." "Shima-uma" is "zebra." Shimauma Printing is a company that makes photo albums and books, and the event was an opportunity for people to have their favorite photos printed out, or to take Father's Day photos and have those printed.

There were a LOT of "photo themes" (album books, I guess, I didn't look that closely) to pick from. I didn't see prices marked anywhere, so I don't know what the company was charging for this service.

I finally figured out that the armored guy at the barrier-free event a few weeks ago was advertising Hioki City, which is about 10 miles west of Kagoshima.

Shimauma Print loves all kinds of pets, but you only get to be a cat.
I have a color ink jet printer and glossy paper, so it's not like I really need a special service to make prints for me...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Capsule Ball Toy Squishy Mercury

I'd been wanted to get something from the capsule dispensers again, but there hasn't been much I've want to pay the money for (the better toys are between 300 and 500 yen ($3-$5 USD). Some of the historical Japanese treasures stuff, like masks, shrine markers, etc. are nice, but they go for 500 yen, and there's not much you can do with them after you get them. But, I did settle on one of the "squishy planet balls" toys for 200 yen.

These are soft rubber balls, about 2" in diameter, that again serve as their own shipping containers. 10 in the set (all eight planets, plus the moon and the sun). I got Mercury. Fun for throwing at trees.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Butt Grows

There's this line of "good manners guidelines" signs on outdoor ashtray stands around the city. They use rather pointed humor to try to get smokers to think a little more when they smoke. Hosted by Japan Tobacco, Inc.

This one reads, "Soaking in the rain, a cigarette butt grows, and grows." "Raindrops" "Tobacco" "Crumbling"

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Loop Shoes Chalk - Face

Another chalk art sign for Loop Shoes. Don't know who the image is of, or even if it's male or female. The text reads "We've got the complete collection of Spring and Summer goods."