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Aye aye!

Posted in beachykeen, Yikes. Sweaty. with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by pigsofdarkness

It has come to my attention that I am not a very consistent blogger. Although my other blog is updated quite frequently, possibly because that involves cars and I spend a lot of my time around awesomleytunedJapanesecarsthatmakemegoWootWoot!!YeahYeah!!! – sorry – had a bit of a funny turn there…

So, in the spirit of being a more worthy blogger, here are some boats I saw at Shonan Beach a month ago. I rode my jitensha out there, which is about 30km & got nicely sunburnt on the way out, encountered mist over the beach for four of the five hours I was there, then had a bona fide monsoon hit as I was about a quarter of the way home. Took four days to dry my shoes, black canvas Vans slipons – surely some of the easiest (apart from those easy dry/sandal/or even Croc(?) things & I aint wearing those No Sir) shoes ever to dry. Ever. I think Im starting to understand Japanese weather. Which means that I now understand that it is beyond being understood.

So, boats. Whoohoo!

Misty as all heck, but was about 36deg C. Steamy desu!

No sign of the painter. I imagine they’d been lost to the mist…



Wanna see my JR Yokohama Sen?

Posted in off and on the rails with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by pigsofdarkness

Ok, it’s not actually mine as such. But after paying ni-hyaku ku-jiu en I was allowed to travel along it. And I’d like to invite you to see some of what I saw. Unless you are one of those infidels who are enjoying an incoming summer whilst I shiver and whine. You people can bloody well just go and play outside.

Just jokes. You can stay.

This is Nagatsuda Eki. Eki means station. Did you know that? Now you do. The woman in the shot is the only one not quick enough to run away from my marauding camera. Mwaaahahahahaha!

It seems that the driver of this densha (densha means… ok I’ll stop) didnt realise where we were and drove right on by on the wrong track. Dont worry. A less directionally challenged fellow turned up with his train slightly later. And it was just as good as this one.

Whilst the national sport here is still cigarette smoking (although I dont think they teach smoking in schools any more), texting whilst walking/driving/cycling/eating is sneaking up behind (ha ha – I said) and may take over the numero uno spot if for some reason smoking becomes unfashionable. Although from what Ive seen, as long as breathing is legal, durries will remain Ichiban.

And in at number three – taking a nap on the train! Seems all age groups are keen on this one, not something I think I could manage. Id end up crashing to the floor, which would be less than efficient.

Proof! The Tilty Headed Aliens are among us!

I had searched for so long to find a train that would greatly appreciate my kindness. Now I can concentrate on the quest for the Jade Monkey.

I think the woman on the escalator has spotted a Tilty Headed Alien.

I had intended to take a photo of Nissan Stadium, where Yokohama F Marinos (two places ahead of the Mighty S-Pulse in lower mid section of the J-League table) play, but was too slow, so here is a completely different scene, including a silver chimney and some flash pylons. No need to thank me, Im just happy that the train appreciated my kindness.

I wanted to make amends for my Nissan Stadium failure by recording some cool looking houses we densha’d past, but that other flippin’ train got in the way. Maybe at the bidding of the Tilty Headed Aliens.

Using a mobile! What are the odds? Pretty high Id say. As we all know, all telephone companies are evil, perhaps controlled by Tilty Headed Aliens.



Info-tainment demystified.

Posted in blog manus. no - youre a manus., controlling the masses with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by pigsofdarkness

Japan is a country where a wide variety of information is available to you via a wide variety of media. Some of the written info is presented in English, but the majority can be a little mysterious to those still developing Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji reading skills. Including the humble sign. In my gettings about I have attempted to capture these signs in as natural a state as possible and as I am now somewhat of a local, I can decode the messages, to empower you with essential knowledge should you ever choose to call upon these isles of abstrusity…

Obviously, with so many people on a smallish land mass, littering could be a problem, so many of these signs look to set young’ns on the way to being tidily efficient citizens. In this nation of dog lovers, pooch welfare is also a priority. This sign encourages the kids to not lob spent soda cans over the shoulder, lest Fido receive a nasty donk to the head…

…in which case he will turn around and biff his smokes at you.

Here we are shown just how much joy a football can bring to a young feller.

Or even a baseball, if you swing that way.

But things can quickly turn nasty should chafing occur.

The enjoyment to be had from walking your Hoverdog should not be overlooked.

The sign is mounted (ha ha – I said…) quite high, as tall people tend to own Hoverdogs.

If you cant afford a Hoverdog, perhaps you could consider a cute little tyke who is deliriously happy about shovelling his own poo.

Or a more contrite wee beasty who will gather up his leavings with a pair of chopsticks. Even if you make him look the fool by dressing him in shorts.

This eager little sock chewer will remain cheery even if you simply cannot comprehend what message he is trying to send you.

Careful though! If you are not vigilant (and efficient) little Barkwoofbuttsniff here might just make off with your homework.

Should you enter an area inundated with extremely loud beaked aerobicising birds, you should receive ample warning.

Just look how frustrated the sight of your happily jogging child can make the nine to fiving commuter.

Litter is a constant problem. If not kept under control, the cans and bottles will begin to organise extremely light hearted protest marches.

Dont worry about the empties lads! The ducks’ll take care of them!

If you &%$# townies chuck yer ?*”! litter on me <?+*&% allotment, I’ll run you down with me *+%&$# tractor!

Sadly, this area is now off limits, as it is under the control of the cack-eyed Frog Children.

Beware!! The cack-eyed Frog Children have taken to wearing duck disguises. Do not feed them any bread.

This may not be Kings Cross, but there is still the danger of receiving a Townsending from one of those maniac cyclists…

This place needs more(2)…

Posted in This place needs more... with tags , , , on October 3, 2008 by pigsofdarkness