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« Reply #180 on: August 30, 2013, 06:02:02 AM »
What bothers me is how much they're shoved down our throats at every turn. AKB48 seem to have a presence not only in about half the ads on TV, but also most of the variety shows. If I turn on the TV, they're on.

I really hope you've got a Sling Box hooked up in the states. I can't imagine having to watch Japanese TV.

Forgot to look into this while I was around. I might still ask my brother-in-law to set one up for me, provided I can connect and setup remotely. There's no "pairing" step where both devices must be local, is there?

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« Reply #181 on: August 30, 2013, 10:58:40 AM »
I was watching a documentary on CBC on the aftermath of the earthquake both in Japan and North America (debris washing up on the West Coast). It seems like the people in government housing in Japan are way more screwed than Katrina victims here in the states. Damn.

And now for some white whine first world problem bullshit, Delta is eliminating their Seattle-Osaka KIX route in November, so they called my wife and let her know we'll know be on the ANA Dreamliner from Seattle to Narita and then on to Otami in Osaka this coming April. Instead of getting in at 1pm, we'll now get in at 8pm. And we don't get miles now cause ANA isn't a Delta partner. Fuck.
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« Reply #182 on: August 30, 2013, 04:23:57 PM »
Are you traveling with Baby Gundam? That layover could be un-fun.

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« Reply #183 on: August 30, 2013, 04:44:03 PM »
I was watching a documentary on CBC on the aftermath of the earthquake both in Japan and North America (debris washing up on the West Coast). It seems like the people in government housing in Japan are way more screwed than Katrina victims here in the states. Damn.

And now for some white whine first world problem bullshit, Delta is eliminating their Seattle-Osaka KIX route in November, so they called my wife and let her know we'll know be on the ANA Dreamliner from Seattle to Narita and then on to Otami in Osaka this coming April. Instead of getting in at 1pm, we'll now get in at 8pm. And we don't get miles now cause ANA isn't a Delta partner. Fuck.

Pray there are no delays on Delta's end- Ana didn't wait for our plane when it came in late, and the Delta staff was basically like "FUCK OFF" when everyone asked what to do.  We had to get a hotel and wait for a flight the following morning.

...And this was very late at night when no English speakers happened to be around.  I think some of the Americans on the flight stayed at the airport waiting area.  We went and chatted with ANA and they got us a hotel.  None of those staff spoke English though.
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« Reply #184 on: September 02, 2013, 06:20:28 PM »
Just the wife and I. Kiddo will be staying with my parents for 10 days.

We're actually flying ANA from Seattle to Narita, but we're nervous about that two hour window between landing and the flight to Otami. Especially since we have to go through customs at Narita before they'll let us on the domestic flight. Like I said before, FUCK DELTA. What was going to be a super easy straight shot from Seattle to Kansai International is already a massive headache that's still six months away...
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« Reply #185 on: September 02, 2013, 08:02:10 PM »
Two days until new job and i'm really not sure what happens with pensions... new firm pays into the national pension but doesn't look like there's any 401k/DC set up - so that means i have to.... transfer? my 401k over or something?

Also - the new firm doesn't arrange for local tax payments in the first year of employment which is a touch annoying.

but hey - going back to work is golden especially in the current job climate



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« Reply #186 on: September 02, 2013, 08:58:57 PM »
Yeah, I'm sure it must be a huge relief! Congratulations.

I'm about to retire my "sabbatical" status as well; just not sure which Japanese company needs a foreigner, when they're busy trying to figure out how to retreat and reconsolidate locally.

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« Reply #187 on: September 02, 2013, 09:03:54 PM »
There's a ton of fairs up here in Tokyo where the whole purpose is to bring people with fluent English + some Japanese together with one of the hundreds of companies looking to employ them.

It ends up being Japanese people who can speak varying degrees of English but i found myself being dragged to talk to most firms - was able to start 7 of the 9 interview processes at these events - one of which i took.

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« Reply #188 on: September 02, 2013, 09:08:15 PM »
Yes, but: Tokyo.

Aren't most of the companies specifically looking for Kanto-based workers?

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« Reply #189 on: September 02, 2013, 09:25:11 PM »
actually - a lot of companies were looking for people to move - hell, my bro-in-law is getting fished to go work in Nagoya and Osaka so there's definitely chances there it seems.

I also hammered indeed.com which trawls through all the other job sites which makes life so so much easier - outside that Careercross.com is pretty awesome as well.

I dealt with a whole slew of recruiters - out of the many i talked to only two were good (and not just good - OUTSTANDING) but the others were frustrating to deal with. I had one role where the description was for someone looking to move into IT audit and "no previous audit experience is necessary" just a experience in investment banking back office (i have this in spades). I have some IT Audit lead experience but my role wasn't specifically as IT Audit. So i applied -through- the recruiter holding the job - from then on it was this whole back and forth of the recruiter saying that i couldn't be put forward as i have no formal Audit role on my job history - i pointed out that the job description said no audit experience was required - i was told "yes, but you must have held a titled audit role" .... errr.... what?! Anyways - that was one example of the many incidents which basically means you can't help thinking that a lot of these jobs are held hostage behind a wall of recruiters.

The other big worry was just how rapidly salaries have spiraled downwards. A lot of the jobs requiring bilingual, >10 years of experience and to be an expert in either a tech or business function were down into the 6m territory when these are the sort of jobs that would command the 10m+ bracket. I was finding it hard to swallow that 13 years of experience on i'd possibly be looking at taking a job where i'd be on less than i did when i first got here :/ Abenomics hasn't trickled down at all :/
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« Reply #190 on: September 03, 2013, 12:00:38 AM »
Don't get me started on Abenomics. God, I want to leap into the TV screen whenever someone says that word.

Glad you got a job, and thanks for the info! I'll check out Indeed.com -- I've also called a recruiter friend and another contact in a game company. Wish me luck!

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« Reply #191 on: September 03, 2013, 10:25:53 AM »
Good luck :D Hopefully things start flying right :D

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« Reply #192 on: October 15, 2013, 10:20:45 PM »


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« Reply #193 on: October 15, 2013, 10:23:07 PM »


As many have already pointed out elsewhere, this is for "Fukushima Heavy Industries," out of Osaka, not the Fukushima power plant causing all the trouble in northeast Japan. Still. You'd think they might have run this against a PR company who had at least one English speaker on staff.

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« Reply #194 on: October 15, 2013, 11:22:44 PM »
The name works for both the event, how it was "dealt" with and for this campaign. But the mascot itself is dumb, too. The egg of rebirth - or the death of fertility? Unborn children with angel-wings. :uguu

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« Reply #195 on: October 16, 2013, 01:23:04 AM »
Yeah, there was so much wrong going on... People posted for the TEPCO guy to step up and take responsibility, or kill himself, or both. I don't think we ever saw a public apology, did we?

Meanwhile there were brave engineers who were close to retirement who basically wrote their own death sentence, just to try and get a rein on the situation. Brave, amazing men.

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« Reply #196 on: October 24, 2013, 08:43:14 PM »
Yesterday, I nearly got into it with some assclown on the shopping arcade. This is a busy pedestrian mall, and some kid on a 50cc scooter was blowing down it at 60kph. When he was right in front of me, I shouted at him; it took the fucker about 50m just to stop his bike, and he is staring at me. I'm already off my bike, and gesturing for him to come on back so I can educate him in some road etiquette. He sits there staring at me, finally ending up driving away.

I could probably have done with one less cup of coffee at the time, but I was ready to go to town on the chap if he wanted to dance. And any number of other metaphors I can mix.

It would have been a bad, bad idea no matter what though; Japanese police will side with the locals no matter what. If there's violence, it is going to be on the national news, and they'll mention the foreigner angle EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Here's an article from the standpoint of a woman here; I've heard this voiced by many foreign women -- Japan's a great country, but it's not safer than anywhere else if you're a woman:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2013/10/23/voices/japan-no-safe-country-for-foreign-women/

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At the kōban, the police officer’s response went as follows: “Wow, that’s strange. Were they Japanese? Well, I can’t really do anything because I’m here by myself and they’re probably not there anymore. You’re a young girl, and maybe you shouldn’t be out by yourself alone at night.”

No details about the incident were recorded. Not only had every bystander ignored my pleas for help, but the police had also given me a terribly disappointing response — basically, “Shō ga nai, ne?” (“What can you do, eh?”).

This was not the first time that something like this had happened to me in Japan. The last time was in Osaka one morning, around 10 a.m., when a stranger picked me up and tried to carry me into a love hotel. Then, I kept kicking and punching until he dropped me. I tried to run away, but he was much taller than me and kept catching up.

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« Reply #197 on: October 25, 2013, 01:51:13 PM »

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« Reply #198 on: October 25, 2013, 06:24:52 PM »
I'm in Osaka, and there was no shaking down this way.

Did any of TokyoBore feel this?

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« Reply #199 on: October 25, 2013, 06:31:14 PM »
No. Because they're all dead xD

Jokes aside, I hope it's all good in Japan.
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« Reply #200 on: October 25, 2013, 06:35:09 PM »
Being serious though, it's weird the way that there's been a huge drop in J-peeps fucking, and whys there such a huge emphasis on a weird pixelated form of rape, do the dudes faint when they see their actual penis backward slurped into willing warmth?

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« Reply #201 on: October 25, 2013, 06:38:41 PM »
Yes.

Also, they are strangely terrified and aroused when viewing Predator, when the alien's mask comes off. They don't know why.

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« Reply #202 on: October 25, 2013, 06:42:57 PM »
Starship Troopers
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« Reply #203 on: October 25, 2013, 06:43:27 PM »
Irreversible
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« Reply #204 on: October 28, 2013, 04:31:28 AM »
I felt the quake - it feel almost exactly like the 3/11 one - loooong , slow building.... but it never quite got going
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« Reply #205 on: October 28, 2013, 10:11:18 AM »
What happened to Cormac and Oscar?
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« Reply #206 on: October 28, 2013, 12:48:51 PM »
What happened to Cormac and Oscar?

Cormac bailed on The Bore ages ago. He's still active on Twitter and I see him post on Facebook from time to time.

I think Oscar is just busy with life.
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« Reply #207 on: November 14, 2013, 12:41:38 PM »
Booked an apartment in Setagaya for April. :rock

We get into Osaka really late on that Friday, so we'll probably just stay at Hotel Dotonbori, since you can check in whenever you want.
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« Reply #208 on: November 15, 2013, 08:09:24 AM »
Glad to hear it!

I'm looking forward to having a stupid amount of beer with you.

I will also drag you to the GUNDAM SHOP in Nipponbashi.

I'll also try to locate a rape dumpster, or as they're called in Japan "rabu gomibako."

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« Reply #209 on: November 26, 2013, 01:27:51 PM »
Glad to hear it!

I'm looking forward to having a stupid amount of beer with you.

I will also drag you to the GUNDAM SHOP in Nipponbashi.

I'll also try to locate a rape dumpster, or as they're called in Japan "rabu gomibako."

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/914216

Booked a place for Osaka right in the Namba area.
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« Reply #210 on: November 26, 2013, 09:10:42 PM »
Looks pretty good!

Namba is nice; it's got a different vibe than even Umeda, which is only a couple more train stops away. Very convenient.

Been scouting some sites for you. ;-)

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« Reply #211 on: January 05, 2014, 01:26:51 PM »
Hey Tokyo Bore,

I'll be there for the release of Super Robot Wars Z3 on April 10th. We'll get to Tokyo on Monday the 7th. Would be I ok placing a preorder at a local shop three days before the release? I'm guessing it would probably be not a problem to just show up on release day and buy a copy without a preorder as well. Kinda want to take part in the release day fun in Akihabara.
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« Reply #212 on: January 05, 2014, 11:06:25 PM »
I am not able to answer with certainty about Akiba, but I'm going to guess that you'd be safe without a preorder, what with all the shops there unlikely to all sell out on opening day.

Unrelated: some WTF gifs, which has minor  :nsfw and :japancry elements.

http://imgur.com/gallery/ntcjK

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« Reply #213 on: January 20, 2014, 01:49:29 PM »
Ugh J-Bore, why do japanese webshops suck so bad? I registered a Tenso account and wanted to ship some stuff over here, but the shops I want to order from only accept bank transfer or cash-on-delivery for payment and not credit cards, not even Paypal  ???

Wonder if this is because of some super exorbitant service fee for credit cards or something, so small stores can't use it unless they are Rakuten affiliated or whatever. DAMN. Really wanted to order two DVD:s
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« Reply #214 on: January 20, 2014, 07:51:14 PM »
Ugh J-Bore, why do japanese webshops suck so bad? I registered a Tenso account and wanted to ship some stuff over here, but the shops I want to order from only accept bank transfer or cash-on-delivery for payment and not credit cards, not even Paypal  ???

Wonder if this is because of some super exorbitant service fee for credit cards or something, so small stores can't use it unless they are Rakuten affiliated or whatever. DAMN. Really wanted to order two DVD:s
Because they don't care?

Japanese domestic commerce, for some reason, only cares about Japan. There are a number of really easy ways to pay for stuff in Japan. Cash-on-delivery is one, direct bank transfer at an ATM is a snap, and paying for something at a convenience store is frequently even easier, as the cashier walks customers through each step, so they don't even have to navigate ATM or point-of-purchase machine menus. Things can operate this way because very few people are trying to scam/rob sellers in Japan.

In contrast, buyers and sellers in the west seem to start from a position of mutual distrust. We never know if the seller is going to ship what we've paid for, and sellers don't know if the buyer is going to try to snooker them. In the USA in particular, look at how much eBay and Amazon ZShops have had to continuously revise their policies to deal with the rapidly evolving marketplace shenanigans.

Another big thing to be aware of is that selling to a foreign country citizen means that the seller is subject to that country's laws. So if there's a consumer protection plan in, say, France which states a consumer has 30 days to declare they don't like the goods, and all costs must be refunded, including shipping -- well, that would be a major loss proposition for any Japanese company, so why bother opening up that venue?

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« Reply #215 on: January 21, 2014, 01:41:01 AM »
But what about MY needs and wants? :'( :'( :'(
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« Reply #216 on: January 22, 2014, 01:56:53 AM »
What about the needs of the group, you selfish individualist!?

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« Reply #217 on: February 05, 2014, 12:12:49 AM »
I woke up to this shit this morning:

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A 9-year-old girl who had been missing in Sapporo City, Hokkaido was rescued by police on Sunday. She was found in the apartment of a 26-year-old man about 350 meters from her home.

Police arrested Hajime Matsui on suspicion of detaining the girl, but he is denying the charges.

Rina Hataya went missing last Monday after telling her family that she was going to a neighborhood stationery shop to purchase a notebook.

Police found her late Sunday night in the living room of the apartment of the unemployed man. They said she was crying when she was rescued, but looked relieved.

Police say Matsui, who didn't know the girl, was waiting for her in the parking lot of her home and asked her to follow him.

Police say security cameras installed near his apartment captured a suspicious man walking in front of the girl. Police also received accounts from witnesses about a suspicious man. The information helped them identify Matsui's whereabouts.

Police visited Matsui's home and asked him whether a girl was inside his apartment. Matsui said no girl was there, but they entered his apartment and found her.

First thing they noted was that there was nothing really unusual about him, nothing stood out, but that he played video games. VIDEO GAMES ARE TO BLAME. Not him being a loner, or unemployed, but that he had a notebook talking about Final Fantasy, and KILLING EVERYONE WHO HE HATES.

Yeah. Glad to see the moral panic isn't just relegated to the other side of the Pacific.

I also found out Hikaru Utada is getting married again, this time to an Italian bartender.

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« Reply #218 on: February 05, 2014, 12:19:05 AM »
Not that he's a sociopath and/or disturbed. All about the TVゲーム.
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« Reply #219 on: February 05, 2014, 12:25:50 AM »
Deshou? Deshou?

I mean, it was 2-3 years ago where one prefecture basically outlawed CERO Z-rated games. Let's just go ahead and ignore that the most antisocial and weird games, the ones which are really disturbing, don't go through CERO approval anyway.

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« Reply #220 on: March 02, 2014, 11:20:52 PM »
About a month out from our trip.

Anyone spent any time in Sangenjaya? Renting an apartment there and it looks like the kind of neighborhood we like, but it's pretty though finding sizable information on what's there. Cormac lived there 20 years ago, which doesn't help much now. Heh. Did find one craft beer bar in the area, though.

Also, Chrono... here are some Osaka beer stores that you should check out. The first two are out in the burbs from what the reviews say:

http://www.ratebeer.com/p/ohtsuki-saketen-osaka/13059/
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/asahiya-liquor-shop-osaka/21930/
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/craft-beer-base-osaka/27887/
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« Reply #221 on: March 03, 2014, 04:33:05 AM »
Sweet!

Craft Beer Base is apparently quite good, and not unreasonably priced. Apparently there is another craft beer (and wine) bar in Sakai, near where I worked for over a decade. If I'd only known...

The places I want to drag you are here:
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/dig-beer-bar-osaka/37167/
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/craft-beer-works-kamikaze-osaka/27620/

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« Reply #222 on: March 03, 2014, 09:43:07 AM »
Might be spending three months in Tokyo during the summer but I'm not sure yet. This is pending what happens at GDC.

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« Reply #223 on: March 03, 2014, 03:27:26 PM »
Sweet!

Craft Beer Base is apparently quite good, and not unreasonably priced. Apparently there is another craft beer (and wine) bar in Sakai, near where I worked for over a decade. If I'd only known...

The places I want to drag you are here:
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/dig-beer-bar-osaka/37167/
http://www.ratebeer.com/p/craft-beer-works-kamikaze-osaka/27620/

Awesome! We'll definitely be up for hanging out one evening. We get in Friday the 4th and leave for Tokyo on the morning of the 7th.
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« Reply #224 on: March 03, 2014, 11:35:38 PM »
PM me with any deets about stuff you want to do in Osaka. There's a Gundam-themed store in Nipponbashi (Osaka's version of Akihabara), and I also know a great tempura place, as well as a fantastic fugu specialist.

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« Reply #225 on: March 05, 2014, 10:35:29 AM »
PM me with any deets about stuff you want to do in Osaka. There's a Gundam-themed store in Nipponbashi (Osaka's version of Akihabara), and I also know a great tempura place, as well as a fantastic fugu specialist.

My wife loves tempura, so that sounds like fun. No real specifics, just looking to wander around the city and eat some good food.
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« Reply #226 on: March 11, 2014, 01:16:40 AM »


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« Reply #227 on: March 20, 2014, 02:53:53 PM »
Less than two weeks now! God I need a vacation.
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« Reply #228 on: March 20, 2014, 09:31:27 PM »
Less than two weeks now! God I need a vacation.

It's gonna be great!

I've hired additional neckbeard hikikomori to hang out dressed as loli on Ota-Road.

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« Reply #229 on: March 21, 2014, 01:58:34 PM »
Less than two weeks now! God I need a vacation.

It's gonna be great!

I've hired additional neckbeard hikikomori to hang out dressed as loli on Ota-Road.

 :mindblown

I know what those words mean, but not in that combination.

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« Reply #230 on: March 22, 2014, 05:21:20 AM »
:lol

OK, I called them off. Now we're down to silver and/or green zentai kigurumi who will follow us around with our shopping bags.

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« Reply #231 on: April 01, 2014, 02:08:29 AM »
Stolen from the outside links thread:


In related news, there's a new Gari-Gari-Kun ice cream, which is spaghetti-flavored:


And in unrelated news, Mr. and Mrs. Gundam will be here this weekend! I am excite!

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« Reply #232 on: April 01, 2014, 11:07:04 AM »
As are we! Looking forward to a great Saturday afternoon!
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« Reply #233 on: April 01, 2014, 07:52:08 PM »
LET'S FIND SOME SPAGHETTI ICE CREAM.

AND FORCE PASSERS-BY TO EAT IT.

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« Reply #234 on: April 01, 2014, 08:44:21 PM »


went to a water park thing for 3 days - this was playing constantly in the swimming area. Burnt into my brain.

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« Reply #235 on: April 01, 2014, 09:39:46 PM »
I would have started clotheslining people left and right. (Actually, I guess I would have just left. Or submerged, so I can't hear anything.) That high-speed shit gets right under my skin.

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« Reply #236 on: April 01, 2014, 10:14:05 PM »
I will eat that. I'm all about weird foodstuffs in the Honz.
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« Reply #237 on: April 02, 2014, 01:55:45 AM »
I will eat that. I'm all about weird foodstuffs in the Honz.

We'll also have to find you the Corn Pottage Stew flavored popsicle, then.

We can work out possibly poisonous raw blowfish, steamed deep-sea angler liver, and fish sperm sac tempura for lunch.

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« Reply #238 on: April 02, 2014, 01:20:54 PM »


went to a water park thing for 3 days - this was playing constantly in the swimming area. Burnt into my brain.

Man, that shit used to drive me crazy at Max Value and Yamada Denki.  Can't even begin to think of how the employees deal with it every day.

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« Reply #239 on: April 02, 2014, 05:42:26 PM »
Mr. Gundam you're going to go eat here, right?

http://g-cafe.jp/menu/

They even have Gundam Donuts: