It’s the season when warm drinks reappear in vending machines all over Japan, offering morning jolts of coffee, black tea, cocoa, green tea and…red bean soup? Yes, it’s time for … Continue Reading Coffee, Tea, or a Shot of Hot Red Beans?
I saw this poster in the window of a esthé salon in Shin Okubo, advertising a facial treatment that supposedly delivers that holy grail of Japanese pulchritude, the “small face.” … Continue Reading Head Shrinking, Japanese Style
Please excuse the wretched low-res phonesnap, but I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures at a typical Halloween bar party in Shibuya. Japanese costume favorites were well represented: boys dressed … Continue Reading Harroween
This is the first time I’ve seen a Japanese subway poster advising people NOT to follow their noblest instincts. Usually the general public is being admonished to silence their cell … Continue Reading No Rescuing Allowed
Yep, it’s the profusely be-wigged, all-Japanese production of Amadeus. • Jonelle Patrick is the author of four novels set in Tokyo…
Yes, those ARE marshmallows joining the pumpkin and red bean paste topping, drizzled with black sesame sauce. I’m sure you’re craving an extra large. • Read a novel set in Tokyo…
The friend I went to Tsukiji with this week told me that when she was growing up in Kyushu, the only kind of bacon they ever had at home was … Continue Reading Whale Bacon
In Akihabara, apparently even Colonel Sanders is into cosplay. This is a somewhat homemade-crafty-looking attempt to draw attention to KFC’s current apple pie promotion. Must check my other favorite life-sized … Continue Reading Little Red Riding Colonel
Hmm, still trying to figure out what’s so “nano” about the smokes I spotted in the vending machine down the street from my apartment. They don’t appear to be 0.000000001 … Continue Reading What next? The iCig?
My temporary rental cellphone has an “Interpreter” tool that translates hundreds of useful phrases into English, Chinese or Korean. All the Japanese traveler has to do is search the situation … Continue Reading Phrases Every International Traveler Will Never Need
Picked up a flyer at Loft today for this revolutionary new slimming device, the Boneless Belt Series. Just looking at myself in the mirror while wearing this might make me … Continue Reading What’s this supposed to do? Shame you into shape?
Just because you’re off for a day of enjoyment at the Oedo Onsen hot spring theme park doesn’t mean your dog has to mope around at home. Right next door is … Continue Reading The Hot Spring Resort For Dogs