Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lost Keychain




I discovered another lost anime-inspired keychain on the ground in Tenmonkan. It's about 2" wide, on hard, flexible rubber. No idea what the characters are from.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Time Bokan Beer Poster, Extra Photo




Back on Jan. 15, I wrote about a pair of posters I'd found at a restaurant that used characters from the old Time Bokan TV anime series. A few weeks later, I discovered that the back side of one of the sandwich boards had an even better illustration using the villains from the same series.

"If you're going to drink, drink with friends. Half off during happy hour (4-7 PM)."

Friday, March 15, 2019

Yamakataya Ad - Rubywood Tokyo




Yes, finally. The Yamakataya cosmetics department poster ad returns to the land of the surreal.



What's the message here?
A: "Beauty is when you sew women's eyelids shut."
B: "Beauty is when your eyelashes look like cactus needles."
C: "Sorry, I bumped the camera when I took the shot."

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Noufuku Nonki




I mentioned back a few days ago that Amu Plaza hosted a Noufuku (local farm products) event from Sunday to Tuesday. There really weren't any events on the live stage I cared about on Sunday or Tuesday, but Nonki was going to be playing at 1:30 PM on Monday, and I did want to see that.



Nonki occasionally plays lead guitar for the Bon DX Ska band, but he also has his "Nonki One-Man Ventures" show, where he does covers of Ventures' surf music. He records all of the other tracks (drums, bass, keyboards) himself onto CD, then plays over that on guitar. From a technical stand-point, he's a solid musician. But, on stage he takes on a bit more of a hammy persona that doesn't stand up as well on camera.



Amu Plaza only gave him a 20-minute slot, while there was nothing else going on on-stage until 3 PM. The audience was small (maybe 30 people), but everyone did want him to play longer. I recorded 3 of the songs, and uploaded them to my Facebook page. I already have recordings of the same songs on youtube, and there's not much reason to duplicate them this time. If you want to listen to him, check out youtube or facebook.

After the set, Nonki had to spend time with the event promoter, then just sat around in the mixer tent for a few minutes until the promoter got distracted and wandered away. When Nonki bolted for a cigarette break, I got a chance to talk with him for a little bit, until he made it clear that he had his own priorities.



The 3 PM set was going to be Jimmy-chan. He did a mike check at 1:45 PM, and announced himself to be a doo wop singer, but his rehearsal songs were more 50's style Shanana wannabe. I have seen him performing before with members of a group he's in, and it's not my kind of karaoke.

No other events coming up that I know of.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pooh Sign




"Tenmonkan Seikotsuin" (Tenmonkan Osteopathy Clinic). Oh, pooh.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Nine Count




Boxing gyms are becoming more common in Kagoshima now. Nine Count opened last year, on Streetcar Street.
"Nine Count. It's never over until 10."

At some point, I should find out what their operating hours are.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lotteria Kani Burgers




The Lotteria Burger fastfood shop is running a new campaign. This one is for their Kani (crab) patty and cheese burger, and the same thing but with a bun in the shape of a crab.



Not seeing a whole lot of reason to pay the money for this, but there is justification for asking if this place has the crabs... (Note, the little blue circle at the bottom of the banner identifies their spokeswoman as "Kanipan no ojousan" (Crab bread lady)).