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Fun / foon Tokyo
Sunday, July 25, 2004
Since blogging is "masterbation" (sic) celebrate Pee Wee Herman Day July 24
Via reference books

some wanker

Via Kuro5hin:
"Blog is not a word. It is a manifestation of the pent up sexual frustration of millions of losers (read: geeks) out there furiously masterbating their own little world trying to make it significant. The more they wank, the worse it gets until the point where the word itself is synonymous with masterbation.

Celebrate Pee Wee Herman on Paul Reubens Day!
July 24th ....
Thirteen years ago in 1989 one man dared to stand erect for what he believed in, his right to touch his own private place in a public place.

Posted by trek/taro at 8:31 PM KDT
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"Video Proof" swimwear for traditional Japanese modesty
Swimmers' modesty to be preserved
The Japan Times: July 24, 2004
OSAKA (Kyodo) Descente Ltd. said Friday it has developed swimwear material that remains opaque when filmed by an infrared camera.... dubbed Video Proof, will be used as lining in swimwear and is intended to ease concerns by female swimmers over being shot by infrared cameras, which can make regular swimwear appear transparent, the Osaka-based sportswear company said.
"Since there are some competitive swimmers who can't concentrate on swimming (due to the situation), with their results adversely affected in the competition, we hope to back them up as much as possible (with the new material)," a company official said....

Posted by trek/taro at 12:31 AM KDT
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Saturday, July 24, 2004
Yeah! Bush and his Poodle at the .....
Bush and Blair AT A GAY BAR
"Gay Bar"
lyrics by Electric Six
I wanna take you to a gay bar,
I wanna take you to a gay bar,
I wanna take you to a gay bar, gay bar, gay bar.

Let's start a war, start a nuclear war,
At the gay bar, gay bar, gay bar.
At the gay bar...

Posted by trek/taro at 10:38 PM KDT
Updated: Saturday, July 24, 2004 10:42 PM KDT
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"Lolita is a form of aestheticism"
嶽本 野ばら

DO YOUR OWN THING: `Lolita' novelist touches lonely hearts
The Asahi Shimbun / July 24
`It didn't mean I wanted to become a girl. Simply put, I wasn't interested in stuff for boys. I liked girlish things. Boyish things are sweaty, so I didn't like them.
....Welcome to the world of novelist Novala Takemoto.
It is within these walls-this fantasia-that Takemoto's ultra-feminine "Lolita'' novels are born. Indeed, the writer himself is a hero among the Lolita crowd, girls and women who favor lace and bonnets and ribbons and frills. ... Though Takemoto was nominated for the Yukio Mishima Literary Prize for "Emily'' and "Lolita'' in 2003 and 2004 respectively, it was "Shimotsuma Monogatari'' (Shimotsuma story) that made him a celebrity. A movie based on the book was a huge hit in Japan this year. It is scheduled for release as "Kamikaze Girls'' in seven countries including the United States, Italy and Spain.
Known as a novelist with the heart of an otome (maiden), Takemoto says the Lolita sense of beauty is the most important aspect of his writing and his life. In Japan the word ``Lolita'' conjures up images of girls decked out in outlandishly frilly garb, but he says it is as much a way of living as a fashion statement.
"Lolita is a form of aestheticism..."

Posted by trek/taro at 9:16 PM KDT
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70% of Japanese worried about aliens

70% of Japanese worried about illegal foreign labor: poll
(Kyodo) - Jul 24, 4:08 pm
Over 70 percent of Japanese are worried that an increase in the number of illegally employed foreign workers could undermine public safety and result in human rights abuses, to those workers themselves, the government said Saturday in a survey report.

Posted by trek/taro at 8:07 PM KDT
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Earwax flavored sushi?

Eyeglasses Double as Chopsticks?
Fri Jul 23, 9:17 AM ET
BERLIN (Reuters)
- A German firm has begun offering sunglasses and prescription spectacles with detachable frame arms that double as chopsticks or forks.
The glasses designer says there is growing demand from time-pressured sushi fans eating their favorite food on the go. "The idea came from the common need for cutlery at any time," said company director Ralph Anderl, who also uses his personal frames to eat the Japanese raw fish delicacy...

-- (NOTE: I spent hours looking for these glasses which are not featured ANYWHERE on the company's ic!berlin's website. Most likely, this is a PR scam they didn't even bother to document.)

Posted by trek/taro at 6:02 PM KDT
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Praying for legs in Osaka Japan

OSAKA, JAPAN: Young women carry a portable shrine weighing 200kg on their shoulders at the Tenjin Matsuri festival --23 July 2004 / AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS

Posted by trek/taro at 4:33 PM KDT
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Elvis Hindu Japanese love dolls??
Post subject: Any idea what these Japanese(?) are doing?

Maybe they're Hindu love dolls, judging from the colors?????

How about Elvis Hindu...coming back as a cow on his path to Perfection?

Posted by trek/taro at 4:03 AM KDT
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Friday, July 23, 2004
The author was not trying to be ironic about living in this concrete slum, Kanto. July 23, 2004
I love Tokyo

Posted by trek/taro at 9:40 PM KDT
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Mo' crazy fear of slashers in Japan
Thu Jul 22, 6:25 AM ET
REUTERS/Madre Inc. handout
A Japanese boy models a knife-resistant coat ... released by the maker, Madre in Fukuoka...The coat, made from the same fibres used in police and military knife-proof and bullet-proof vests, is the latest product aimed at providing parental peace of mind in Japanese society horrified by a series of gruesome attacks on children.

Posted by trek/taro at 3:48 PM KDT
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Four counts against the traitor Charles Jenkins
the traitor, Charles Jenkins Here are the four counts against Sergeant Jenkins:

- two specifications of soliciting other service members to desert, in
violation of Article 82, Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ);

- one specification of desertion, in violation of Article 85, UCMJ;

- one specification of aiding the enemy, in violation of Article 104, UCMJ;

- two specifications of encouraging disloyalty, in violation of Article 134,UCMJ.

More detail on the UCMJ see:

Some kind of plea bargain seems now almost certain. He'll be charged with desertion and Japan will have to hand him over under the terms of the SOFA. Much will depend on how sick is really is... he certainly is an alcoholic chain-smoker.

Posted by trek/taro at 2:51 PM KDT
Updated: Saturday, July 24, 2004 3:41 PM KDT
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One third of Japanese workers are now disposable temp slaves (the other 2/3s are just slaves)
temp slave girl

A third of workers are part-timers, temp staff

The Japan Times, July 23
Part-time and temporary workers comprised 34.6 percent of the nation's workforce in 2003, up 7.1 percentage points from 1999, mainly due to corporate efforts to cut labor costs...
... Some 29.9 percent of the workers said they had became more discontent with their pay due to the debut of merit-based pay. Some 33.3 percent said the congenial atmosphere in their workplaces has deteriorated. ...

Posted by trek/taro at 10:24 AM KDT
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Topic: Media
You folks in the "Real World" aka not Japan have got it easy even if you're just a level 3 pitchfork handler. Japan Inc. only hires alien gaijin for careers as level-4-or-lower scoop shovel handlers to scrape up Japanese brain droppings.
5-Tine Manure Fork
(for well-composted material)

Eastern-pattern scoop shovel (scrape up the wet nasty stuff)

Posted by trek/taro at 10:05 AM KDT
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Thursday, July 22, 2004
Climax Bargaining?
Topic: Japanese life
Summer sales are "CLIMAXING" in Shin Yokohama, hee, hee.

Posted by trek/taro at 9:25 PM KDT
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eel from the heat
Wednesday was Doyo-no-Ushi-no-Hi(see the IHT/Asahi: July 22, traditionally the hottest day of the year. Everyone is supposed to eat eels in the belief having live-eels helps that metabolism, accelerates perspiration, and make up for the loss of energy and renew strength in the summer heat.

So, I was just sitting around thinking how great to have live eel enema and dinner too ....
Note: If you ain't figured out this eel enema video is not safe for work or for sane people, then you're beyond hope. Also see my old post Eat our eels. Lift our poles.

Posted by trek/taro at 4:58 PM KDT
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Japanese govn't fears rabid alien puppies!
Rabies fear tightens Japan puppy imports
Tokyo, Japan, Jul. 21 / UPI -- Japan is expected to ban imports of puppies and kittens less than 10 months old from countries that have had rabies outbreak...

Posted by trek/taro at 2:23 PM KDT
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The worst comes to Tokyo
Get ready for the new contender for the world worst film.


TOKYO, JAPAN: US movie director Jonathan Frakes receives a bouquet from Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa before a press conference to promote their film "Thunderbirds" in Tokyo, 21 July 2004. The movie will be shown all over Japan from 07 August.
AFP /21 July 2004

Posted by trek/taro at 1:20 PM KDT
Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2004 1:21 PM KDT
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The Cute Customs of Japan
Does the "C" stands for cute?

Check out this video of the Cuteness of Customs at Tokyo/Narita airport.
モ?ベッタ..."Land o' concrete" is a trademark of Taro, et al, Inc.

Posted by trek/taro at 11:42 AM KDT
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Japan game center fun! Catching hamsters with tongs & crane

Shop uses hamsters, turtles in crane game

(Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, July 21, 2004)
A Tokyo game center has been forced to stop giving out hamsters and small turtles as prizes after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's animal protection center lodged a complaint, it has been learned.....
"It's against the spirit of animal protection," a Tokyo official said. "It's not acceptable that they keep hamsters in cases kept in a game box."

Posted by trek/taro at 9:46 PM KDT
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Badass breasts (and here's the Japanese science)
Topic: Japanese Tech

Breast augmentation: no leaking or rupture
Modern medicine offers women titanium-coated breast implants
07/15/2004 18:04
...Doctor Kotaro Yoshimura and his colleagues from the University of Tokyo are working on a principally new method of enhancement. Japanese doctors transplant adipose cells from woman's stomach or thighs. The transplantation of adipocytes is used in cosmetology for smoothing out wrinkles or scars. However, the transplantation of a large quantity of adipose tissue, which is practiced for breast enhancement, may kill a part of adipose cells due to the lack of the blood circulation. However, Dr. Yoshimura believes it is possible to avoid such side effects adding stem cells to the transplanted adipose ones. ...
The new method has more chances to gain success. It uses natural cells that will not be seized. Moreover, women will like the idea to get rid of some fat from the stomach for the benefit of their breasts.

Posted by trek/taro at 3:12 PM KDT
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