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TOKYO BOY now finds a permanent home at the OPi8 website with the latest log I just put up. All of the previous logs will also soon be available from the same page.

As I write this I’m eating yakitori (grilled chicken normally served on a stick) from a can that I just picked up at the combini (convenience store). The can even comes with little sticks to poke your meat with. I love Japanese “speed” food.

Eat

I’ve fallen in love with a magazine called EAT. It’s a Japanese magazine about food presented in a bilingual format. I never thought I would become so interested in a magazine about food, but this one is definitely not what you would expect. It presents the subject matter from a very different perspective, one that incorporates a very strong design sense. One of the feature articles is an interview with the noted cyberpunk author William Gibson, in which he talks about foods that he likes, along with other subjects (like his next novel). The issue’s theme is speed in food, and it looks at it from several very interesting perspectives. Even the cover is very nice. It’s what you see here. What looks like a sticker is supposed to be the cover of a cup of noodles, and you can actually peel it off to reveal the insides. Very nice. I think I’m even going to get some back issues.

Niigata by Shinkansen

We’ve had a slight change of plan and we’ll be leaving for Niigata on Saturday morning by Shinkansen, which should give me the chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way there. Can’t wait.

A Day Trip to Niigata

Tomorrow night I leave Tokyo for a day-trip to Niigata. My wife is giving a presentation at a symposium (regarding Chinese politics/history), so we’re making a day-trip out of it. We take a night bus from Ikebukuro (where I live) that leaves Friday night at 11:30, and we should get there early Saturday morning around 5. We’ll return by night bus that same night at 11. Although we’re saving some money by taking the bus instead of the Shinkansen (the Japanese rapid train), the shitty thing is that I won’t get to see the great scenery that we’ll be travelling through since it’ll be at night. I’ve yet to see the Japanese alps, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to see anything from Niigata city, but here’s hoping. I’m definitely bringing my digital stills camera with me, as well as my digital video camera, so I’ll have lots of pics from there for the next week or so of daily pics.

Tokyo Boy on OPi8.com

Starting tomorrow, my TOKYO BOY weblog will start appearing at the main OPi8 site instead of in the forum. I’ll now be able to leave a permanent link on this site to lead you to it. I’ll make an annoucement (as usual) as soon as it’s up.

Back with MT

So I’m back with Moveable Type, and back to the original page design as well. I think everything with MT should work fine now, but if ever it screws up again, I’ll be able to quickly switch over to Blogger. I think it was just a stupid little spacing problem in the code, but I still don’t know why it popped up. But anyway, hopefully things will go smoothly from now on. As for the return to the original page design (with the daily pic presented on the front page), well, as someone commented, it works better that way.

Suction

I really enjoy the photography at the Suction site. I like the way the pics are presented in a series. I think I may have to steal this idea for some future issues of GEISHA.

Web Problems

This is just not my week for Web stuff. After transfering to the MT system, something happened and all the styles I had configured (to make it look a certain way) totally disappeared, and I can’t figure out how to get things back to normal. In the meantime, I’m going back with Blogger, which is also giving me problems. I had to change some settings to export all my entries to the MT system, and now I can’t change them back because Blogger seems to be having server problems, which is why all my entries are appearing, and not just the ones from the past few days. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. Sorry for all the confusion.

Daily Pics

For those wondering, I’m still putting up daily pics on the site, it’s just that they won’t be on the front page anymore. To view the pic, click on the “daily pics” icon to the right. The picture should appear in a separate window, just like my GEISHA e-zine does. I was thinking of making it automatically pop up when the front page is loaded, but that could be annoying for some, so I’ll leave it like this for now.

Slight Redesign

As you’ll also notice, I’ve been playing around a bit with the positioning of the weblog on the page, in order to better take advantage of the new Moveable Type features. The biggest difference you’ll notice is the fact that the daily pic is no longer on the main page as you arrive, but rather a seperate window you need to pop up now. This means that I’ll be better able to play around with the size of the pictures, as I’ve been thinking of making them a bit larger. I’ll still be experimenting in the coming days and weeks, but hopefully things will turn up nicely.