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Star Wars Exhibit

15 Jun

From last April 29th until Sunday, June 28th, 2015, there is a Star Wars exhibit at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

Tickets cost ¥1800 for adult admission, if you buy them at the event…but only ¥1500 if you buy them at a 7-eleven convenience store.

Poster advertising the Star Wars exhibit in Tokyo.

Poster advertising the Star Wars exhibit in Tokyo.

My wife and I went to this exhibit yesterday.

Photography wasn’t permitted in most of the exhibition areas, so I couldn’t take pictures of most of the items…but they had Star Wars-inspired artwork by some really talented artists, as well as actual props and costumes used in the Star Wars movies!

In the gift shop, they had some memorabilia made exclusively for this Tokyo exhibit…some of which was Japan-inspired, such as Star Wars 手ぬぐい (Japanese towels).

A few of the items sold at the gift shop.

A few of the items sold at the gift shop.

The exhibit is on the 52nd floor of the Roppongi Hills building, so we could get a nice view of Tokyo.

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The famous “spider” statue outside Roppongi Hills.

Here are some of the photos we took:

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There was a lot more to see at this exhibit, so if you’re interested in Star Wars, you should go to this exhibit by June 28th!

Common Japanese symbol

10 Jun

Here is a のれん (Japanese doorway curtain) with a symbol that is commonly seen and easily understood in Japan. But, how about outside of Japan? What would you assume that symbol means? What do you think this curtain is the entrance to?

***edit 2015 June 13th***

As of June 13, 2015, most people (by a wide margin) chose “Hot Spring” as the meaning of the ♨ symbol…and that’s correct!

I guess this poll was too easy. I’ll try to make the next one a bit more difficult.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll.

Customized Kit-Kat

4 Jun

You can design your own original Kit-Kat package with any photograph you like of your family, friends, pet, or whatever, and have that picture on a pack of regular, dark, or green tea Japanese Kit-Kats.

Kit-Kat Japan’s 「チョコラボキットカット」 (“Kit-Kat Chocolate collaboration”) website

Click here to go the Kit-Kat Japan website where you can design and order original Kit-Kat packages (site is in Japanese only).


31 May

We went to 新宿 (Shinjuku, Tokyo) yesterday.

Saw the giant Godzilla over the Toho Theater building, went to the 45th floor observation platform in 東京都庁 (Tokyo Government Building) to see the sunset over the city skyline.

And then we went to an 居酒屋 (izakaya restaurant).  While we were there, a big earthquake struck near Tokyo. I’ve experienced numerous earthquakes in Japan over the years…but will always hate them!

When we went home, it took longer than usual because, as we feared, the earthquake caused train delays.

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Metal Festivals in Tokyo

26 May

Every October for the past ten years, there is a two-day heavy metal music festival in the Tokyo area called “Loudpark“.

This year it is scheduled for 2015 October 10th (Sat) and October 11th (Sun).

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Loudpark heavy metal festival; 2015 Oct 10-11.

Some of the major bands that are billed to play are: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Three of the “Big Four“!

And then the following month, there will be another big heavy metal festival in the Tokyo area!
OzzFest Japan is scheduled for 2015 November 21st (Sat) and November 22nd!

OzzFest Japan 2015 will be held on 2015 Nov 21st - 22nd.

OzzFest Japan 2015 will be held on 2015 Nov 21st – 22nd.

Unlike Loudpark, OzzFest doesn’t have a long history in Japan. This will only be the second OzzFest in this country so far.

The first OzzFest Japan ever was held in May of 2013. I went to it with a friend of mine.
(Click here to read my post about it.)

I saw Black Sabbath, among other bands, at OzzFest Japan 2013…and they were initially billed to headline OzzFest Japan 2015, but it’s been changed for whatever reason…Ozzy will still be playing with his solo band instead.

The main acts of OzzFest Japan 2015 will be: Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, KoRn Bullet For My Valentine, and Evanscence.

Western foods that Japanese people find disgusting…

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Maybe it’s because I’ve lived my entire adult life in Japan, but I prefer bitter chocolate to milk chocolate too.
And I hate licorice and root beer too.
And I have never put soy sauce on rice.

But, it does disappoint me the way Japanese people peel almost all fruit. The skin on a lot fruit is delicious…especially peaches!!

Peeling a peach is blasphemy!

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

Japanese cuisine is known for containing certain dishes that many westerners find hard to stomach, delicious as they may be. That includes sashimi (raw fish!) and natto (fermented soybeans!).

But what about the flip-side of the coin? Which western foods make Japanese people want to barf? The results may surprise you – or perhaps not. Here’s a list!

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Random Posts

19 May

Thank you to everyone who visits my blog…I especially appreciate every comment!  Please comment on any post, no matter when it was written.

Which leads me to…there is a link in the right-hand column of my blog here that says “Random Post“.

You can click the link and the computer will show one of my many blog posts.

Click to see a random post.

So, by all means, feel free to comment on any random post on my blog!


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