Showing posts from November, 2010

Old Japanese Guy Has Hilarious Pranks!

Now this is FUNNY! I don't understand this, but this is what YouTube says:

Princeton University Cognitive Science Laboratory as "acting like a clown or buffoon" or "dressing showily", or alternatively, "a ludicrous or grotesque act done for fun and amusement". Pranks can take the forms of practical jokes, hoaxes, or even petty criminal activity, such as the theft of traffic cones.
Practical jokes are associated with several holidays, such as April Fool's Day, Halloween, and the Day of the Holy Innocents (in Spanish-speaking cultures). They also feature in various rites of passage, such as stag nights.
In recent years, the term "pranking" has also come to mean the ringing of a mobile telephone and hanging up before it is answered, to alert the mobile phone's user without having to pay a network connection charge.

Anyhow, pay close attention to this video! This is great!

Thanks to I am Too Curious & YouTube

Tug of War w/ Women's Panty Hose on the Head? It's Japanese TV!

More highly intelligent TV from Japan.

From I am Too Curious:

Japanese television gives us another game show of weirdness, as two contestants fiercely battle with a pair of panty hose.

EMBED-Hilariously Weird Tug of War - Watch more free videos

New Article on Lew Rockwell!

I will have a new article on Lew Rockwell today with my comments concerning the mailing of packages from Japan to the USA.

I hope you enjoy it.

You can read it first here:

Antique Japanese Acrobatics

This is wild! This was supposedly taken in 1904!

Thanks to I am Too Curious

Japanese Real-Life Bridge Looks Like Erector Set

From Dump Trumpet.

The Coolest Double Spiral bridge you'll ever see!

The Kawazu-Nanadaru Loop Bridge consists of two spirals, each 1.1 km long,
80-meter in diameter - the only way for traffic to get down the mountainside into the valley, too steep for any other usual road-building solutions. The busy
Route 414 serves the weekend crowd from Tokyo, intent to wind down at the hot springs resort of the Izu Peninsula. The "winding down" bit obviously starts at this bridge. Built in 1981, the double-spiral structure demands careful driving - the speed limit on the bridge is only 30 km/h, which also helps to better enjoy the views...

Japanese Artist's Work on Display in New York

Japan doesn't have big parades down the streets like they do in the west (due to the cities being so cramped and narrow for a hundred years, we still have most large streets that have over ground telephone poles). But some Japanese artists get to take their work elsewhere and show it off. One artist did at this year's Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade!

Geekosystem reports:

This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, like usual, featured a number of new balloons, prominently featuring the transformed art of four pop artists. Takashi Murakami, Japan's king of pop art, was honored with two balloons, one each for his characters Kaikai and Kiki, and appeared himself, in costume, riding the float beneath them. more pictures of what happens when you take already strange-to-western-eyes Japanese otaku culture and filter it through a "high-art" lens to follow.

Thanks to News On Japan

No More Mailing Packages to USA Over 1 Pound (453 grams)

It was reported on this site a while back and now here is confirmation: No More Mailing Packages to USA Over 1 Pound
Note to readers: I have just confirmed this news myself with a trip to the Futagotamagawa branch of the Japanese post office. They will no longer accept any packages mailed to the United States that weigh over 453 grams. 
The staff at the post office told me that policy was confused and that the Japanese post office is trying to get clarification. But, until then, the rule stands: "No packages to the USA that weigh a total of over 453 grams (one pound)."
Homeland Security has gone mad in the USA. How much longer will the people tolerate this?  

Well, Merry Christmas Amerika! - Mike in Tokyo Rogers

Napolitano Halts Shipment of Packages as Prelude to Civilian 'Shipper' ID Lockdown
We were just notified today from the relative in Japan who sent a box with video tapes that he couldn't send the box to the USA, bu…

Korea's Nearing All Out War? Artillery Heard in North Korea! Breaking!

Artillery Heard in North Korea; U.S. Carrier Enters Yellow Sea 28 Nov 2010 Residents of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island were ordered to bomb shelters after artillery shots were heard on the North Korean mainland and U.S. warships began naval exercises in the nearby waters of the Yellow Sea. The echo of shots rang out this morning, said a South Korean Defense Ministry official who declined to be named, citing military policy. While residents were later allowed out of shelters, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington joined South Korean vessels for four days of drills.

US, S.Korea in show of force as islanders take refuge 28 Nov 2010 The United States and South Korea staged a potent show of naval strength Sunday as residents of a border island bombarded last week by North Korea scurried for shelter for fear of a new attack. The Yellow Sea naval drill, spearheaded by the massive US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, aims to send a message of deterrence to the North but…

JPモルガンを潰そうキャンペーン! Max Keiser

JPモルガンを潰そうキャンペーン! Let's Fight Back Against the Financial Terrorists! (ビデオは下)
Max Keiser has a great idea as to how we can fight back against the corrupt banking system:
MK: The question in not whether or not buying Silver crashes JP Morgan. No one is saying – not even JP Morgan – that it’s not possible if enough people mobilize and take physical delivery. The question now is whether or not the people of Ireland, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, France, Argentina, and all the countries being forced to give up their sovereignty to bail out the bankers and the IMF are willing to spend a few bucks to save themselves. The only defense JP Morgan has, the only way their stock can be saved from ZERO is if central banks print more money – - – but that only means that the remaining shorts on JP Morgan’s books are even more damaging to their balance sheet and the Silver in your hand is worth even more!!!! Don’t be a fucking idiot and don’t be swayed by those who think you’re not angry enough to take …

Merry Christmas Tree in Japan 2010!

Here is our Christmas Tree in Japan for December 2010.

It is not decorated. Please stay tuned for updates on that!

Merry Christmas 2010!

Ha! Another Reason NOT To Fly in the USA! Convicted Felons Working for TSA!

I wrote that we should all boycott all American based airlines and not fly to the USA. Why? Because we shouldn't be treated like animals or slaves.

Now, WBSTV shows us that convicted felon works for the TSA.

This guy is a convicted felon!

TSA Worker Accused Of Assault Had Prior Record
ATLANTA -- Channel 2 Action News has learned a TSA security worker accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman had previously been convicted of misdemeanor harassment and stalking.
Randall King remains hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Police said last Wednesday, King agreed to drive a woman home from the airport. Instead, investigators said King took her to a MARTA station parking lot and placed novelty handcuffs on her.
Great! Just great! "Yes maam. Please pull down your underwear so that I can see if you have a bomb in your pants!" Huff! Huff!

George Williams' Top 5 Music Videos Show #4! (11/27/10)

Hey! Hey! Hey! Welcome once again! It's week #4 of the George Williams George Williams' Top 5 Music Videos Show.
George runs two of the highest rated music shows in Japan: GGTV on Music on TV (which has a webpage See it here.) and BAM! on 76.1 InterFM. But seriously, George Williamses, Er, George Wiiliams'... Oh, never mind... His own site kicks ass and is the only one like it in Japan! See it

#5 Wooly Bandits - Gonna Make it Right 
#4 The Violet May - Bright or Better

#3 Expatriate - Blackbird

#2 Hellogoodbye - Baby It's Fact 

#1 Barb Wire Dolls - Street Generation
Bonus Video! "Barb Wire Dolls film trailer of girl female fronted New Wave Punk Rock band from Greece."

US Military Antagonizing China and North Korea

On Wednesday Nov.24, I wrote about how we didn't get the true story about the North Korean army firing upon a South Korean Island.

Now it seems that the intrigue has deepened. 

Business Insider posts:

China has warned against military activity near its coastline ahead of U.S.-Korea naval exercises, according toReuters.
China's Foreign Ministry said in an online posting that naval exercises risks starting a war: "We oppose any military act by any party conducted in China's exclusive economic zone without approval."North Korea has also threatened to respond to military gestures with more attacks: "The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war due to the reckless plan of those trigger-happy elements to stage again war exercises targeted against the (North)."

Now things are beginning to make sense. Why in the world is the US Imperial military machine antagonizing North Korea and China?

Or  is this all, as many have suggested, a way t…

Donut Boom in Japan Goes Mania!

There is definitely a donut boom going on here in Japan. Before we just had Dunkin' Donuts and Mister Donuts (both B-grade) but the competition really started heating up when Krispy Kreme donuts opened shop.

Now, Krispy Kreme is all the rage.

But it's not just donuts that all the girls are talking about (and eating).... How about a personal donut carrying case?

What will they think of next? I never had a problem with the paper bags they gave us.
See more decadence and money wasting at: Strapya World Product Site

Thanks to Geekologie

Japan Has Just As Many Michelin Restaurants as France Does!

I have been telling many friends, over the years, that Japan (Tokyo in particular) has some of the best restaurants in the world. Today's news once again confirms this.

From Google

Japan has for the first time drawn level with France in terms of the number of three-Michelin-starred restaurants it can boast, according to the latest Tokyo guide released Wednesday. The 2011 version of the French foodie bible saw 14 eateries in Tokyo get top marks from Michelin, giving Japan a total of 26 of the coveted stars nationwide and putting it neck-and-neck with Michelin's home turf. Tokyo itself managed to keep its status as the world capital of cuisine, according to Michelin, with its 14 three-starred establishments, up from 11 last year, building its lead over Paris, which has just 10.

Thanks to News on Japan

The Greatest Theft in Human History

My friends Mish Shedlock and The LRC crew recommend this.

No. It's not about Japan. But it's up to everyone to spread the message.

The American Dream Trailer from American Dream on Vimeo.

Win a Vacation to Croatia with Domino Pizza

This just in and not officially announced (nor confirmed):

Rumor has it that Domino Pizza Japan will make a Valentine's Day Heart-Shaped Pizza this next year (Feb. 2011).

Anyone who is a part of their e-mail magazine or web-member will get the chance to win a vacation to Croatia - The Mediterranean the way it used to be! (Whether they are ordering a pizza or not - just join Domino Pizza as a member!)

The campaign looks like it will be announced in January! Stay tuned!

Croatia Tourism Japan website

Super Narrow Japanese Houses

I wrote a while back about super narrow Japanese houses (Japan's version of Shotgun Houses).

Check out these great photos from Baraskit.se

The Truth About North Korea and South Korea

There is nothing that happens on the Korean peninsula that doesn't affect Japan. But we must always use a cool head and be patient when making judgements and not jumping to conclusions.

The reports earlier today were completely blaming North Korea for agressive actions and killing civilians for no apparent reason.

The Lookout on Yahoo reported:

Early Tuesday, North Korea fired artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, which sits off the disputed maritime border between the two countries. The attack killed two South Korean marines and wounded 18 soldiers and civilians.  It prompted an exchange of fire between the two sides, involving around 175 artillery shells and lasting about an hour.The North accused South Korea of having started the exchange by firing shells inside North Korean territory during a set of South Korean military exercises that the North called "war maneuvers."  The South denies that charge, saying that its soldiers were merely conducting mi…

No Prison For Grandkid Who Pilfered Money... Well, Of Course...

Why should she get prison? Is she anymore guilty of stealing than these idiots we have running the country?

From Yomiuri Newspaper

The Tokyo District Court on Monday sentenced the granddaughter of a man whose mummified remains were found in their home in July to 2-1/2 years in prison, suspended for four years, for fraudulently receiving the man's pension benefits. Sogen Kato had been recognized by the Tokyo metropolitan government as the oldest living man in Tokyo before his body was discovered at his house in Adachi Ward. The incident turned out to be the first in a series of cases in which local governments discovered centenarians registered in their cities, towns and villages were actually dead or missing. (Yomiuri)

Thanks to News On Japan

Crash JP Morgan - Buy Silver Campaign!

The campaign to crash French banks is slated to begin on December 7th. The campaign to crash JP Morgan by buying one silver coin is set to begin December 11th.

Be smart. Buy your silver before December!

Crash JPMorgan, Buy Silver Now – A ReportNovember 14, 2010 by Alex
Filed under EconomyFeaturedIntel Hub Featured Articles12 CommentsThe Intel Hub
By Avalon“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it.
The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”James Paul Warburg(1896-1969) son of Paul Moritz Warburg, nephew of Felix Warburg and of Jacob Schiff, both of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. which poured millions into the Russian Revolutionthrough James’ brother Max, banker to the German government, Chairman of the CFRSource: United States Senate Records, February 17, 1950Basically, the Art of Deception is nothing new, especially in financial markets. Deception is fundamentally at the very heart of the American Financial System given that the Fe…

Hilarious Video About TSA

This is a quick (and humorous) follow up to my blog about how you should boycott flying to the USA and all USA based carriers until they start thinking about their service and make flying enjoyable again.

Thanks to Lew Rockwell

Here's a funny one for you Japanese speakers too:

Do not misunderstand that last video. Flying in and out of Japan to anywhere except the USA - and not on a US carrier - is a pleasant experience.

New Ways to Peel a Tangerine or Orange

Wow! What will they think of next? Japan is so into cute that it kills me sometime.

NHK and Public TV are Criminal Enterprises - Don't Pay NHK

One can only guess what the government wonks are thinking about at NHK as to how to retain revenues but one thing is certain; they are not going to let us (the public) off easily. (Even though well over 50% of NHK employees do not pay the monthly fee! See below!)

As of today, NHK charges the public (that means everybody! NHK employees included) for just having a TV set even if they don't watch NHK. The obvious solution? I threw away my TV set. No TV? No charge. It's simple.

But, even after I threw my TV away, the NHK people came to my house and tried to collect fees. When I told them that I do not even own a TV set, they didn't believe me. One collector asked, "If you don't have a TV, then why do you have an antenna?"

I bought my house used and so there was an antenna on top of the house. Since I do not want to fight with these people, I paid for a house reform company to remove the antenna. Now, NHK collectors no longer bother me.

But now, these laughable crooks…