Archive for July, 2008

Atsui. But not wet.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2008 by pigsofdarkness

Saturday heralded the end of the ‘rainy season’ and the beginning of summer. Not that my week here for the end of the rainy season had┬áproduced much rain. Really only the day I arrived, when it was sunny when the plane landed, then when we left Narita an hour or so later, it monsooned down. Quite entertaining in heavy JP traffic…

Very close to where we live is a ‘Silver Village’ – old timers crib. I guess similar to Willy’s house. Each year on the first day of summer, the staff put on a shindig for the ‘hood. Which means some traditional Japanese summer celebrations ideal for a fresh young (!) gaijin like myself. The food at events like this is a little different to the NZ sausage in bread staple. Teriyaki chicken? Yakisoba noodles? Why the question marks? Is it because a kindly old lady came up to me and yabbered away in Japanese whilst I tried to explain that I could only understand evey 10th word she said? But I think that she was trying to explain that she could see that I was obviously pre obese and should find the free food as quickly as possible before I went on some sort of calorie deprived rampage.

I think that this sign says Avoid a trampling - feed the gaijin.

I think that this sign says 'Avoid a trampling - feed the gaijin'.

Taiko drummers. These guys rule!

Taiko drummers. These guys rule!

Bonodori dancers. And not one under 60! Maybe.

Bonodori dancers. And not one under 60! Maybe.

Pint sized Yukata wearers. And some Japanese dudes jacksie...

Pint sized Yukata wearers. And some Japanese dude's jacksie...

Wouldnt be right to finish a post without a pooch...

Wouldnt be right to finish a post without a pooch...


Still an Alien, but cant prove it yet…

Posted in Beasts, Ha ha! on July 18, 2008 by pigsofdarkness

Sadly I must wait 3 weeks until I get my Alien card. Thats not too bad – some people still stare as if I were an alien, so Im happy with that.

Speaking of alien, it seems that Japan has American levels of dog craziness. But smaller and more efficient. We had a look at the pet shop at the local mall & the amount of daft dog accessories boggle the mind. Even of an alien. And Im used to having my mind boggled by Japanese TV.

If your dog is really fat (but not too big to fit) or has no legs, fear not. You can still embarrass him/her in front of other dogs, but carting him/her about in this totally neccessary accroutement of pet ownership…

As we all know, dogs feel inadequite if they dont have a full wardrobe of outfits.

Is Towser a frilly little Miss?

Or a boardwalk roaming `Skull Comic`?

It took a while, but we managed to track down Fido`s wheeled prison. I think this fellow was in here to protect him from society. As soon as the camera came out, he went mental. Arigato gozai masu Inu San!

I thought Id finish with this fine fellow. He was chillin` at a cafe next to an outdoor goods store. As you would expect.

Im an Alien. How about you?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2008 by pigsofdarkness

Firstly, I think Japan is even better than I had anticipated. And thats not just due to 30+ degrees every day. Which leads to Asahi Dry beer. Win win!

I will wax lyrical about various aspect of JPness once Ive uploaded my photos to flickr, so I can illustrate my points. Of which I have many. As it were.

Today we are heading down to the Machida City Hall to register me as an alien. Then I will have a nice (small, but very efficent) card identifying me as such.