Archive for the ‘Japan’ Category

Talk about burrying money in your back yard.

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

On the news tonight was a story about an 80 year old man who lost over $4 million dollars (JYP 360,000,000). Over a period of 40 years, he burried his stash… all cash moolah, in several places in his backyard. All of this $$$ was stolen, and apparently, the police have been investigating since late last year, and the story is just breaking now. The crazy thing is that the man passed away recently. Anyway, this news will probably be plastered all over the internets tomorrow.

Categories: Japan, Personal Finance

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2008 Leave a comment
A KFC Christmas

A KFC Christmas

So we’re a day ahead of the US. I can still wish everyone back home a Merry Christmas.

One of the interesting things I learned many years ago is the tradition family Christmas Eve dinner is KFC. Here in Kanazawa (and probably other areas), KFC basically closes down and you’re only able to buy if you’ve pre-ordered.

Combine the party barrel with a Christmas cake, and you’re good to go – Japanese style.

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Happy Birthday Domo-kun

December 22, 2008 Leave a comment


Now famous all over the world, Domo-kun was born on December 22nd, 1998 to promote NHK’s BS station.

Categories: Japan, Stuff

Amazon MP3 download issues in Japan.

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Ever since Amazon launched their MP3 download service of DRM-free songs, I’ve been a fan. So when people asked me what kind of present to send me while I’m in Japan, I’ve said Amazon gift certificates so I could buy songs from them. With the release of a couple of new albums I planned on purchasing, I used my newly gifted Amazon credit and attempted to download.

According to the download faq, Amazon does not block downloads of music from outside the US. The only requirements are a US billing address and payment method (US issued credit card or gift certificate). So what happened? Basically, when I attempted to download half of the songs downloaded and the other half failed. In several rounds with customer service, apparently the files were there, but for some reason they would not download.

Results with Amazon downloader just said the download failed and to contact customer service. Trying to download individual files in Safari downloaded a 0.2kb file. Firefox was a little more helpful, giving the following error:

File Not Found
Firefox can’t find the file at; filename=”10 – She.mp3″&e=1227791218&h=2aebd576fc04ed68de951a75b0fa6c38.

While a resolution may have been possible over the phone, I didn’t want to pay for the international phone call. So after everything was said and done Amazon decided to refund my money, basically giving up. I’ll be trying iTunes next.

Has anyone out there had any experience fixing this issue?

Download speed

September 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Back in college, I used to spend a lot of time at my friend Brad’s dorm. It was the only dormitory on campus with in-room ethernet connections to the internet. In order to test his download speeds, he’d download some big file off of one of Microsoft’s servers. It would usually max out at 100-something kbps. Back in Seattle at my apartment complex, my Comcast cable connection could download 100-200 kbps from Microsoft if I was lucky. Usually it was 30 – 40 k for most downloads.

Here in Japan on my FLET’S Hikari line, it’s a lot faster!

That’s hot.

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Haagen Dazs goodness

September 7, 2008 Leave a comment

I just had the opportunity to try Haagen Dazs new flavor, “Maple Cookie.” Imagine sweet cream ice cream with bits of graham cracker and maple syrup. It’s pretty much a ramped up version of cookies and cream, absolutely delicious. If you’re in Japan, you need to try this one.

My new favorite song.

May 16, 2008 Leave a comment

The spring season of Japanese dramas started a few weeks ago, and I’ve been watching one called Osen (おせん). It’s theme song is by Micro called Odore (踊れ), very addictive. The video is online, but I’m not able to find any lyrics anywhere yet. This is gonna be my next karaoke challenge… the rap part is gonna be difficult.

Update: The lyrics are finally online:

作詩:Micro・Nagacho・Nobuaki Kaneko 作曲:Micro・Nagacho・Nobuaki Kaneko



踊れ 悲しみよ
舞え 全てを脱ぎ捨てて
守り抜くため 踊れ

俺は矛盾していく for the justice




踊れ 悲しみよ
笑え 全てを突き抜けて
たどり着くため 踊れ




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