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Macha Latte

Yuko ordered a Macha (green tea) Latte.

Update (16/08/13): The photo that was in this post has unfortunately disappeared. I’m sure it was a yummy latte though.

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Geisha.7

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As you can see, the site is back to normal (at least it is on my Mac, I hope things are also OK on the PC side of things), and I’ve also put up the seventh issue of GEISHA, the guest issue (I’ll implement the rollovers on the icons indicating the issue numbers sometime this weekend). A big thanks to the contributors: Paul Baron, Patrick Benny, Kristen Elsby, Jesper Larsson, Marc Xavier LeBlanc, and James Wong. Some more people wanted to contribute but couldn’t find the time, and so I’m thinking of maybe doing a follow-up guest issue later this year. For now, I hope you enjoy the new issue, and expect the next issue by mid-July.

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Beckham Madness

It’s absolute Beckham madness in Tokyo right now. He and the wife are in town for a few days of promotions (getting paid millions by companies like Meiji Chocolate), and people are going nuts. At least 500 fans greeted him at Narita Airport yesterday, and on the wide shows right now most everything is about Beckham, how he holds his wife’s hand (Japanese couples don’t do that, or at least older ones), his new samurai-like hairstyle, etc. Right now on TV is live coverage of him visiting an elementary school. The way the students greeted him in chant made it feel like some kind of North Korean mass game! Yuko was joking with me about the whole thing, until Beckham showed up at the school and she got all excited and let out a scream. I had to start making fun of her.

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Little Buddhas

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Little Buddhas in Kita-Kamakura.

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Oops

Yes, there is weirdness on the site right now (like no moblog), and it’s because of something I did. I finished up the new issue of GEISHA tonight, and after I added the icon that launches it (as well as making it and all the other icons rollovers that indicated the issue number), something happened when I saved. It deleted most of the index page, and it’s only after I did a rebuild that I noticed. I thought I had a very recent backup of the template, but as you can see, the latest one didn’t include the moblog yet. It’s really late now and I’m tired, so I’ll leave things as they are, and try to fix everything tomorrow night.

The moblog is still up at its own site, it just doesn’t appear on this page.

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Mickey D Translation

Came back home from work late, as I always do on Thursdays, and stopped at McDonald’s to get some takeout for me and Yuko. While I was waiting for my order to be ready, I noticed two girls having trouble ordering. They were Asian, maybe Indonesian. I stepped in to do the translation, which is funny because I think it’s the first time ever that I put myself in such a role. I’m always the one worrying about not being able to express myself correctly in Japanese (or understanding others), and I was finally able to lend a hand. Made me feel good about my studies, even if it was just to help people find out prices and set combinations at a McDonald’s.

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Sleepy Dog

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I took this shot in Kita-Kamakura, not far from the shrine we visited. This dog is sleeping, hidden behind the gates of his master’s traditional home (I took the picture behind the gates with my zoom).

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Matthew's Best Hit TV

I was watching one of my favorite shows, MATTHEW’S BEST HIT TV, and they had the CHARLIE’S ANGELS girls on as guests (they were in Tokyo last week to promote the sequel, which will start here next week). It’s always funny to see the reactions of American celebrities when they come to Japan for promotion, especially when they’re guests on wacky TV shows. Matthew (the alter ego of Takashi Fujii) decided to perform a little ninja action play for the girls, with broken English, and it was hilarious.

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Fortune

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Fortune papers.

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Night

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A shot I took last night just outside my front door with my new mini-tripod.