In Japan we get to see 2 episodes of THE CONAN O’BRIAN SHOW a week, that they show during the weekend on CNBC Asia. I was watching them this week and on one of the shows there was a performance by a band called OK Go. They rawk, and have a definite Pixies vibe. Not long after, I saw the video for the same song (“Get Over It”) on SpaceShowerTV (a music video channel). I’ve just downloaded a bunch of MP3s to check them out some more. Also, today I saw a video by a band called Ikara Colt. I swear that at first I thought it was a young Sonic Youth (the video is made to look old, and you don’t see the member that well). They also have the rawk.

A New Look

As you can see, I’ve just made a big revision to the site. I’m still playing around with it, but this is something I like a lot better than what I had up last week. The idea is that a lot of links are going to be popping up in boxes, here and there. I’m planning on getting links to all of the stuff I’ve done on the Web in the past 4 years. At the bottom you’ll see a link to AS (Acadiespatiale.com), which was the main project I worked on for close to 4 years with my good friend Guy Bourgeois. It was a site that promoted Acadian (French speakers from the Maritimes, in Eastern Canada) culture and ideas. We officially closed the site last week, which is now going to give us more time to work on future projects, one of which is this site for me. I’ve been writing a weekly column in French for the whole time about my life in Tokyo, often including pics, and this is what I hope to continue here, but with even more updates thanks to the ease of use of Blogger.

A Night of Videos

Right now I am kinda drunk. We had some friends over for dinner, and we showed them our videos and pics from our trip to China in August. Good food, and good beer, was had by all. One thing I really like about Japan is the fact that the major beer makers come out with lots of seasonal beer. You’ve seen a previous post about Suntory’s Fall beer, and tonight I tried out Asahi’s offering, which was pretty damn tasty.

Also, as I was on a beer run at the local combini (convenience store), I got to see our local matsuri in full effect. There were people dancing, kids playing games while wearing their yukatas (a kind of kimono that you wear in the Summer), and lots of classic matsuri grub to be eaten. I took a couple of pics, which I’ll probably post tomorrow.


Today is my neighborhood’s annual matsuri (festival). I walked out to the main street to see lanterns hanging everywhere and people wearing their yukata or jimbei. Later in the evening, they will walk around carrying huge portable shrines. I’ll try to go out later and take some pics.

Weather and Beer

The weather is really getting to me, it’s just too damn hot. I mean, it’s September now and yet it seems that it’s even hotter than August. Please, beautiful Fall weather, come rescue me! In the meantime I guess I’ll have to drink more beer.