Tokyo Metro “Do It at Home” Manners Posters

Artist Bunpei Yorifuji (寄藤文平) is creating a series of manner posters for the Tokyo metro, around the theme of ”Do It At Home”.

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“Gyaru-go” Girl Japanese

Mezamashi TV broadcasted a segment on the lastest ‘gyaru’ (gal) language. If you’re not familiar, gyaru are the sort of schoolgirls who hang out in Shibuya or Harajuku, dress in the latest fashion and speak in a sort of code.

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“One Coin” Services All the Rage in Japan

Japan morning TV reported that “One Coin” (ワンコイン) services are all the rage these days in Japan, due to the down economy. What, you say? Whassat?

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Ray-Out’s iPhone “Jacket” Case Review, DIY Fix for D-Ring Problem

I purchased Ray-Out’s reasonably-priced leather ”Jacket” case, model RT-P1LC4/B, perhaps three months ago from Yodobashi Camera. Here’s what I think about it.

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Drop - Enough to Scare the Crap Out of You

Drop” is a horror story novella written by Koji Suzuki, the writer of best-selling horror stories such as “Ring” and “Rasen” (Spiral). Butt, there’s a catch.

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iPhone OS 3.0 Tips on Parade

Apple released yesterday an updated iPhone operating system, iPhone OS 3.0, with a number of useful improvements. For me, the update itself was seamless, and took about 15 minutes after clicking the update button in iTunes. I upgraded first thing in the morning, but colleagues who tried later in the day had some delays. I guess it’s to be expected when so many people try to download at the same time.

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Street Jazz From Kano, Saito, Kawamoto

I’ve seen this good, energetic ”Street Jazz” trio at JR Shinjuku before, but today I waited for a good moment and got some materials from them. Read on if you like good jazz.

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Artist Josh George’s Cool Album Art

I bought the Pat Metheny Trio’s “Day Trip” album and “Tokyo Day Trip” EP today, and really loved the album art.

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Family Reunion Sad

Every year, we have a family reunion during the New Year holiday ”oshogatsu”. The photo in this post is of the 2009 edition.

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Finally. OTC Drugs at 7-11

The Pharmaceutical Affairs Law “PAL” was revised to allow convenience stores like 7-11, Lawson, Family Mart or others to sell most over-the-counter drugs, as long as they have a clerk who has registered and qualified with the local government. The fact that they no longer need a pharmacist is a big cost-saving difference from before, that also allows a big new income stream for the conbinis.

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