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.

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

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Shiro Chalk - Tsukimi

Moon viewing is coming up. And that means rabbits and mochi with sweet paste.

Saturday, September 11, 2021


Large wall poster advertising "Ryuu to sobakasu no Hime (The Dragon and the Freckled Princess)."

Friday, September 10, 2021

Ramen Dragons

There's a restaurant space on the top floor of the Maruya Gardens department store that seems to be available for rent, or something. I'm not sure exactly what's going on here, but the name, theme and food all seem to change every couple of months. This time, it's ramen. One dragon, two dragon.

Red Dragon.

"Blew" dragon.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Massage Clinic Chalk - Demon Sword

Kimetsu no Yaiba says - "Sit up right!"

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hot Sand Parfait

Sometimes, you have to wonder about these people...

Monday, September 6, 2021

Cie'na Chalk - Constellations

Stare at the stars.

And the dragonfly.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Alice on Wednesday

Alice on Wednesday is a pop-up shop that appeared in The Loft department store for a few weeks in Maruya Gardens. Lots of Alice in Wonderland-themed goods.

Pops up everywhere.

Posters of original artwork from the Lewis Carroll books.

I love these clocks. Wish I had a place to keep them.

Hand bags.

Small Adventure - Shirt

I think one of the biggest differences between Japan and the U.S. is the greater visibility of handicapped and disabled people on the streets. It's not uncommon to see someone visually impaired walking by themselves along the sidewalk, or someone else standing in front of a vending machine and carrying on a losing argument with it. 


A couple days ago, I was walking through Tenmonkan, wearing one of my Cog is Dead t-shirts. Some younger guy walking towards me suddenly started pointing at my chest. From what I could tell, he was acting like he was looking in a mirror, and had to point back. I didn't stop to ask him if my guess was right or not.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Too Young T-shirt

Can't argue with the logic.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tezuka 70th Anniversary Exhibit

Ok, I'll admit it. I was pretty excited when I saw this ad in Tenmonkan. I grabbed a flier to take home and study more closely. On the surface, it looks like artwork being displayed to celebrate the first appearance of Atom Boy, 70 years ago. In fact, it's a scam featuring some artist I've never heard of before who's selling prints he's made of Atom Boy, Ashita no Joe (Chiba Tetsuya) and Kamen Rider (Ishinomori). The cheapest print is over $100 (USD), and some of them are priced at over $1,000. I may visit the pop-up shop this week, but no, this is a waste of money.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Pepsi Nama

I saw this in the store recently, and decided to get it strictly for the bad English on the can. "Nama" can translate to "life" or "raw," as in "nama gomi" (raw garbage). It's sugar-free, and tasted horrible.

"Pepsi NAMA is super-refreshing
cola made with some ingredients
including freshly-harvested cola
spice, produced under non-heating
process. Its taste gives you the great feeling."

Come on, people, it's the 21st century, you're an international corporation with a multi-million dollar ad budget. The least you can do is spend $200 for a good proofreader.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Monster Strike Card

I was at Donkey one night, and I noticed a set of Monster Strike cards next to the cash register. These are unusually big cards, maybe 3"x4", and I was wondering what could be in the packaging, so I got one for 100 yen ($0.90 USD).

Turned out it was a thick cardboard image of one of the game characters, plus a tiny piece of flavorless gum.

If you like the game, you'll like these cards.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Evangelion Pop-Up Shop, Yamakataya

The Yamakataya department store set up a small goods shop for Evangelion for about 2 weeks.

Not, and Anti.

More goods.

Eva manju and tote bags.

The actual shop.

Some of the models available.

Eva shirt.

Eva model. This is about 6 feet tall.