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KISS Charity T-shirt

16 Jan

KISS and Hard Rock Cafe have a collaboration T-shirt and pin to help the City Of Hope charity.

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Here’s the YouTube video to promote it:

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Night Zoo

15 Aug

From last Friday until tomorrow (2011 August 16), Tokyo’s 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) is having a “Night Zoo” special program where guests can stay in the zoo until 8:00PM and see the animals’ behavior at night.

I took a picture of this sign at the zoo's entrance. It says "So, let's go to the zoo at night. August 12 - 16 until 8PM (last admission is 7PM)"

We went to the “Night Zoo” yesterday. It was fun to go to the zoo at night especially in the summer when it’s sweltering everyday in Tokyo now…because the temperature goes down a bit.

Before we went into the zoo, I mailed a friend of mine a summer postcard from the panda mailbox that I wrote about in this post.

Back of the "panda mailbox". The tail and ears can be seen.

Panda Mailbox

Near the entrance of the zoo, close to the panda house, the zoo was collecting donations for the victims of the 2011 March 11 earthquake.
Anyone who donated at least ¥100 (US$1.30 at today’s exchange rates) was given a special うちわ (paper fan).
We got a couple of them.

Ueno Zoo "Night Zoo" fans...proceeds go to help the earthquake victims.

The front has many pandas and stars and says "midsummer night's zoo"

The back shows the back of seven pandas whose tails spell "Ueno Zoo" and it says 「がんばろう!日本」 ("Never give up! Japan") and 「手をつなごう、子供も大人も動物も」 ("Hand-in-hand...kids, adults and animals")

My camera isn’t so good at taking nighttime pictures, so I didn’t take many photos of the animals.
But we had a good time there. We’ve been to many zoos around Japan many times, but this was our first time to go to the “Night Zoo”. Ueno Zoo only has the “Night Zoo” once a year in the summertime…tomorrow is the last day for this year’s “Night Zoo”. So, if you’re in Japan now, you should consider going!

Does you local zoo have a “Night Zoo”? Have you ever attended it?

Buy a KISS car to help Japan

7 Jun

The English car company Mini Cooper has teamed up with the American rock band KISS to help Japan.

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The car company has painted four of their “Mini Countryman” cars with KISS make-up (one car for each of the original KISS members’ make-up) and they are currently being auctioned for charity via e-bay.

The auction ends at 4:00PM on 2011 June 8 (PST in the U.S.) (which is 8:00AM 2011 June 9 in Japan), so now is your chance to bid if you want one (or more) of these cars.
The current bid (when I wrote this post) is US$30,200 (about ¥2,421,834) for the cheapest one (the “Ace Frehley” design) and US$31,300 (about ¥2,510,047) for the most expensive (the “Gene Simmons” design).

All proceeds from the auction of these cars will be donated to UNICEF to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, as well as victims of other disasters around the world.

Here’s a picture of the cars (all of them are autographed by the current band members of KISS, incidentally):

I’m a big fan of KISS, but some the merchandise they release is too “over the top” for my taste (ie: the “KISS Casket“).
I can’t imagine myself driving around in one of those cars…but if I had to chose one—I think the “Gene Simmons / Demon” design is the best of the four.

It is very generous of KISS and Mini-Cooper to do this to help people in need.

How about you? What do you think of these cars?

Songs For Japan

26 Mar

A number of American and European pop musicians have contributed songs for a charity album for the victims of the recent disaster in Japan.

The album is titled “Songs For Japan“.

 

"Songs For Japan" album cover

I assume that all of the artists that appear on this album are famous…but I personally have only heard of a few of them (and I like even less of them).

The musicians and track listing on this album are as follows:

01. John LennonImagine
02. U2Walk On
03. Bob DylanShelter From The Storm
04. Red Hot Chili PeppersAround The World
05. Lady GagaBorn This Way
06. BeyonceIrreplaceable
07. Bruno MarsTalking To The Moon
08. Katy PerryFirework
09. RihannaOnly Girl (In The World)
10. Justin TimberlakeLike I Love You
11. MadonnaMiles Away
12. David GuettaWhen Love Takes Over
13. EminemLove The Way You Lie
14. Bruce SpringsteenHuman Touch
15. Josh GrobanAwake
16. Keith UrbanBetter Life
17. Black Eyed PeasOne Tribe
18. P!nkSober
19. Cee Lo GreenIt’s OK
20. Lady AntebellumI Run To You
21. Bon JoviWhat Do You Got?
22. Foo FightersMy Hero
23. R.E.M.Man On The Moon
24. Nicki MinajSave Me
25. SadeBy Your Side
26. Michael BubleHold On
27. Justin BieberPray
28. AdeleMake You Feel My Love
29. EnyaIf I Could Be Where You Are
30. Elton JohnDon’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me
31. John MayerWaiting On The World To Change
32. QueenTeo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)
33. Kings Of LeonUse Somebody
34. StingFragile
35. Leona LewisBetter In Time
36. Ne-YoOne In A Million
37. ShakiraWhenever, Wherever
38. Norah JonesSunrise

This album costs US$9.99 and is available from i-tunes exclusively. All of the money from this album will be donated to the Red Cross of Japan to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in the Sendai area of Japan.

Click here if you want to buy it.