Friday, May 27, 2005

Sushi Healing

Heal thyself sushi lovers.

Now, what I really want is the free toy.

See more exciting silly stuff here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

X-Station revolution

It seems the entire technology press has got goo-goo eyes over the recent console announcements from Sony and Microsoft. While I'm intrigued by how amazing these systems appear to be I am more amazed when looking back on how far we've come. Check out the totally 'hot' product of 1983 - the Nintendo "Famicon". Dual controllers, a $99 price tag and 'innovative' design didn't save it from the dustbin of obsolescence. Cheers.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


OK... so this isn't a post about some neat gadget or a mistranslated marketing piece... it's about garbage. Apparently, the Japanese don't have a whole lot of room for giant American-style trash dumps so they incinerate most of their waste. According to this story in the New York Times some Japanese cities are now trying to eliminate waste entirely (WOW!) by instituting some really intense recycling efforts. These include but are not limited to requiring residents to sort waste into:

"44 bins collect everything from tofu containers to egg cartons, plastic bottle caps to disposable chopsticks, fluorescent tubes to futons"

Not to fear.. residents are provided a 27 page manual on how to do so correctly. Residents also receive visits from 'volunteers' who return their garbage to them if it is not sorted correctly and are shamed by their communities for failing to do so habitually. At least one family has been evicted for not sorting their trash effectively.

It's pretty late and I've spent far too much time at work tonight but all of this totally blows my mind. It also makes me feel like a goober for not always sorting recycleables into my two measly bins!

Factiod: Recycle in Japanese is リサイクルしなさい

Friday, May 06, 2005

Paintball Japan

Paintball is apparently becoming popular in Japan and at least according to this site women are really into it. My favorite 'translationism' is the sentence...

"Please do not forget! Anyone large welcome!"

We're back!

OK, so I appologize for not posting lately. We kinda forgot we had a blog going.

Thanks to Jen for reminding us how much we enjoy this.

Honda Dog!

For many this is old news but if you haven't visited with the Honda Dog yet you definitely should.

See translation here