Showing posts from September, 2010

Vintage Japanese Antique Postcards

I love old vintage art. There is a site on the Internet that specializes in collecting called Collect At. proudly states on their webpage that it is: 
Austria' s oldest and largest online mall for Antique Collectibles offers many kinds of unique Antiques and vintage Collectibles such as Oriental Antiquities, Autographs, vintage Postcards, old Graphics, antique Photos, History Documents, Stamps, Philately Collectibles and much more.  

I went to the site and found dozens of beautiful antique Japanese postcards there. I hope you enjoy the tour!
Raphael Kirchner Art Nouveau postcard depicting an older Chinese gentleman accompanied by a Geisha. Sent as postcard from New York to Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Old, tinted, Japanese postcard, depicting pretty young ladies in front of an impressive folding screen. One of the girls is playing a lute.

Japanese vintage postcard with view at a war ship with Emperor Hirohito and his men, inspecting the fleet. The Imperial …

Japanese guys stocking up on cigarettes

As everyone in Japan knows, the price of a pack of cigarettes is about to jump 20% in a few days. That will bring the price of a pack of regular cigarettes to about ¥410 (about $4.80 USD pack). I'm sure glad that I quit smoking a few years ago.

I smoked from 1998 to May 2009. Yes, I am lame. I didn't smoke at all until I became over 40-years-old. Interestingly enough, I got hooked on cigarettes during a five-week hospital stay in 1998.
How does one get hooked on cigarettes while staying in the hospital? This is Japan, there are still lots of hospitals that have smoking sections inside the hospital. The one where I got hooked on cigarettes had a smoking lounge that seated at least 100 people. While I was staying there, there was not much to do - couldn't really go out (it was winter) so us guys would sit around in the lobby and smoke cigarettes...

That is so Japan...
Back then, a pack of cigarettes cost ¥240 yen (about $2.80). The price of cigarettes has been steadily increasin…

Japan's Trash Problem and Idiots in Government

Here's more proof that the fools we have running the government are just totally clueless and waste our tax money on ridiculous nonsense all the time. Japan has a huge trash problem. I wrote about that here. But this most recent idiocy takes the cake.

From Japan Probe:
A news report embeds itself with a police task force in Shizuoka prefecture that goes after people who illegally dump trash.
When they find an illegal dumping site, they send a stakeout team to watch the spot so that anyone who tries to dump again in the same place will be caught in the act. Because the dumping takes place in wooded mountainous areas, the cops wear camouflage and sneak around like commandos.Sometimes, the illegal dumpers are a clever bunch. When dumping appliances and other junk in the woods, they cover it with dirt so it looks like it is just a harmless soil-dumping area. Other times, they aren’t so clever, such as the employees of a failed recycle shop who are arrested for starting a big bonfire and …

The Worst US Government Made Anti-Japanese Propaganda Film Ever!

I'd like to show you one of the most disgusting Anti-Japanese propaganda films the US government ever made. My purpose here is to show you how the US government demonizes certain groups of people for political gains just like the worst tyrannical dictatorships do.

Most blogs about Japan are written by young people. I think for a blogger, I am one of the older ones. Compared to most bloggers, maybe I am ancient. Most bloggers are in their thirties - I am about to become 53.

Maybe that makes me unusual for a blogger. No?

I was born in 1957. I remember Elvis Presley when he was skinny. I really do. I was a so-called punk rocker in the late 1970's. Punk Rock saved my life. Today, Punk Rock is Top 10. Back then it was a revolution.

People of my generation liked the first Punk movement.

Besides Punk, the educated geeks of my generation were fascinated with World War II.


Well, because we think, "How in the hell could the world have plunged into war and had 40 ~ 50,000,000 (…

Very Cool Music Video Technique!

The Daily What has a great video out today!:

Lights Out:Genki Sudo and hisWorld Orderentourage perform the retired mixed martial artist’s signature faux-slow-motion “entrance dance” to a mesmerizing song off their self-titled debut, aptly titled “Mind Shift.”
Wikipedia says this about Genki Sudo:

Genki Sudo(須藤 元気Sudō Genki, born March 8, 1978 in Kōtō, TokyoJapan) is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist and a kickboxer who, up until December 31, 2006 competed in the Japanese based fight organization K-1 HERO'S and before that UFC and Pancrase. He is notable for his elaborate ring entrances and unorthodox fighting style. His philosophy is "We are all one".Signature moves include the flying triangle and spinning backfist. He is also an essayist, a

Roots of Japanese anime? 24 traditional Japanese monsters

One of my favorite blogs on Japan is Pink Tentacle. Pick Tentacle is a blog about Japanese Art, Culture, Science and Technology.

I highly recommend it.

Today, they have an unusual collection of 24 traditional Japanese monsters. Have you ever wondered where the Japanese get their ideas for those silly monsters in the Godzilla movies? I have. Well, the fact of the matter is that Japan has had some very strange (or silly) looking monsters for a long time.

Pick Tentacle has uncovered a collection of 24 of them and made high quality scans for your viewing pleasure! The description reads:     

TheBakemono Zukushihandscroll, painted in the Edo period (18th-19th century) by an unknown artist, depicts 24 traditional monsters that once used to spook the people of Japan.

This is an interesting collection as, usually, the only other places you can see these spooks is at a local festival... And speaking of festivals, it's festival season now in Japan so get your notebooks out and jot down these cha…

Why Can't Politicians Just Say, "Sorry"?

I'll never understand the foolish pride people exhibit. The most recent example is the row between China and Japan over the ship collision and detention of a Chinese ship captain by the Japanese authorities.

I wrote about how this event has escalated and turned into a sour mess and has hurt the pocketbook of both countries here.

Now, the Japanese prime minister has stated that Japan absolutely will not apologize for this incident.

As the Sydney Morning Herald has reported:

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Sunday rejected China's call for an apology and compensation for the detention of a Chinese trawlerman, Jiji Press and Kyodo News reported. "The Senkaku islands are Japan's own territory. From this viewpoint, compensation is unthinkable," Kan told reporters in Tokyo, according to Jiji. Beijing has made repeated calls for an apology and compensation from Tokyo over what it called the "unlawful" detention, demanding "practical steps" to reso…

Great Advice from Gary North Again!

Gary North's Tip of the Week - September 25, 2010 Best Teenage
  Teenagers ought to use free time to prepare for exams.
This can save their parents a lot of money for college -- far
more than the kids can earn in summer.  But they won't do this.
They want a job.

  The jobs are usually menial.  They are also scarce these days.

  How about a job that develops skills that can put them through

  How about a job that teaches sales skills that can be applied
to any career?

  How about a skill that involves tools that are dirt cheap,
that you have around the house?

  That skill is making a short YouTube video for businesses,
charitable organizations, and special-interest groups.  Everyone
knows his organization needs a YouTube video, but hardly anyone
knows how to make one.

  The software is free if you own a Windows-based computer:
Microsoft's Movie Maker 2.6.  It will do the trick, although Sony
Movie Maker 10 is better, and under …

Distrust of Romantica by Hitoshi Suenaga

It is called Electronic Theater and is a class of post-expressionism. This particular item is a very Avante-Garde black and white cartoon called, "Distrust of Romantica" by Hitoshi Suenaga in 2001. Don't watch it more than twice, you'll have nightmares.

Distrust of Romantica, Mike in Tokyo Rogers, Hitoshi Suenaga, anime, animation, cartoon, Marketing Japan, Mike Rogers

You Have a Product to Sell... You! How to Win-Win at Work.

By Mike in Tokyo Rogers 
A pawn and a king sit on a chessboard. The pawn looks at the king & thinks,
"I'm going to work hard and become king someday."
The king smiles, and thinks,
"The harder you work, the longer I get to be king."The New Economy has defined a new set of rules governing success in the market-place. These new rules demand a new way of thinking from all of us. Gone are the days of following orders from corporate bosses and "trying not to make waves" in order to climb the ladder of success. The fact of the matter is that the New Economy demands that you do rock the boat or be brushed aside in the new kill-or-be-killed marketplace. White-collar job are being shipped overseas to people who will work twice as long as you for one-third of what you get paid. There are no jobs with "job security" anymore.
The only job security you can have in the next decade is the job security you make for yourself and, come to think of it, that’s…