Friday, September 24, 2021

Halloween Papiro




89 yen at Donkey ($0.80 USD).



Papiro and Donuts. (Papiro are cookie rolls with chocolate paste filling.)


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cie'na Chalk art - Sept. 2021




Full moon.



Rabbits. Just all part of the Tsukimi moon-viewing experience.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Tissue Box




Sometimes, a box of tissue is just a box of tissue. But, you'd still think that the marketing guys would pick up on stuff like this before approving the package artwork...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Ramen Dice Contest banners




There's a ramen chain shop on Streetcar Street called Rai Rai Rai. I've never eaten there, because it's usually too crowded, or that I'm never hungry when I'm in the area.



At the beginning of September, they had a dice campaign that seemed to be tied in with some gambling manga. I've read a little by the artist that seems to have illustrated these banners, but I don't know these characters at all.



There was a sandwich board in front of the door explaining the rules. Something like - get 3 of a kind, a pair or a straight 1-2-3 and you eat free. Good deal, if you feel lucky.

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.