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Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Tomorrow is the day of the big event. I imagine the untouchable Takeru “Tsunami” Kobayashi will be competing again and if he does, I’m curious to see if he’ll be able to beat his current World Record holding performance of 53.5 hot dogs in 12 minutes.

To read more about the contest and the Tsunami’s utter dominance of it check out this entry in Wikipedia.

Filed under: Japan — Kevin @ 4:43 pm


Groovy Time Rave in Kyoto

The Quzco group is putting on their 1st outdoor party of the year (as far as I know) and it’s coming up this weekend. It starts at 3 PM on Saturday and runs until it’s done on Sunday. It’s in Miyama-cho, Kyoto and the line-up is all local from either Kyoto or Osaka. The forecast for the weekend includes the possibility of a little rain and maybe even some thunderstorms Saturday night so bring a tent and tarps if you have them. Chances are if we get the thunder on Saturday night the Sunday morning sunrise will be beautiful.

I’m probably posting about it much too late to be of any real help to anybody and for that I apologize. I’ll try to be a little more punctual in the future so that Google has more time to find me.

Oh yes, for entrance fees, contact info and a map, check out their site. They have photos from previous parties online too.

Filed under: Japan — Kevin @ 9:22 pm


No Accountability at The New York Times

Ha! What a joke this is. From the New York Times on April 22nd. An article by one James Brooke discussing the ban on U.S. beef currently imposed by the Japanese government.

This comes only a few days after an editorial piece by Nicholas D. Kristof, one of the Times regular columnists, about how people are losing respect for the press. Yeah right, the computer misspelled those names. Maybe Mr Kristof should forward his piece to Mr Brooke and his editor.

Unfortunately, due to their system requiring payment for older articles, I can’t provide links to either of them. The Kristof piece was titled “A Slap In The Face” and it ran on April 12th. A list of his columns can be found here.

Filed under: Thoughts, Japan — Kevin @ 1:02 pm


Robots Are Cool

This is just too funky not to love. It’s good to know that gadget geeks in Japan are keeping that childhood dream of an amazing and fantastic future alive.

Filed under: Japan — Kevin @ 1:13 am


Vodafone V602 with Night-Vision

The phone that I was most keen on last month when looking to upgrade was the V602. It takes beautiful pictures and has a nice clean design. I would have picked it up for sure if only it could get a signal in my office. That said, when I stumbled on this over at Engadget today, I found it rather amusing…

Naked-watching is not officially endorsed by Vodafone.

Good to know. I’ll have to warn all the girls at work.

Filed under: Japan — Kevin @ 11:28 pm


Fast Food Slogan

This image courtesy of my friend Jeff who told me to look on the side of my fast food take out bag. The shop in question is called Lotteria and it’s very much a McDonald’s clone with extra salty fries. I don’t care for the place much but the packaging rocks!

Filed under: Japan — Kevin @ 7:45 am
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