Monday, December 31

Mes Aïeux!


A blast from the past! My Great-great-grandfather and grandmother (on my dad's side). Can you spot the resemblance? I hate to say it but grams looks like she's not too happy to see me!

Saturday, December 29

Bob Sapp Pants



Since he's coming back and will probably be taking over my place as the guy with the sweetest pad, I figured a little humiliation was in order for Scott.

Wednesday, December 12

Mike's cats


My friend Mike had a small exhibitions of his paintings tonight at the Pink cow. There where lots of cats! Not my favourite topic but some were quite good. Had I gotten there earlier I could have even bought one but by the time I had arrived all the good pieces had sold. So I'm going to have to commission a piece all for myself. Ok, Mike, I want something big and colourful for my apartment. Go!

Tuesday, December 11

Thanksgiving


Had a small thanksgiving dinner at my place. Only a few select people were invited :) Not having an oven I couldn't cook a turkey so I ended up ordering one from Fuji Mama's. I can say two things, one, the turkey was delicious! Two, a 10Kg turkey is huge! The picture doesn't do justice to the size of the bird. Let's just say we were ten people and even with Mike eating two (or was it three!) servings we only had half the turkey.

Monday, October 29

And the chips are in!


I got my poker chips finally! I got to use them over the weekend with some friends; so much fun. Mike and Kumi came over along with Vincent and Makiko, and Maho and Kumi's friend Satomi. Had to teach the girls how to play but once they figured it out they really got a kick out of winning a full pot.

If anyone else is looking for chips I got them from this site, www.oldvegaschips.com. A lot of choice! The quality is good and the service not too bad, though I did have to wait a while before getting them. Took about a month, seems they were out of stock of the particular chips I wanted. The chips are made in China so maybe not a good idea to chew on them ;)

Oh, and if you are wondering why we are eating cake well ... my birthday was coming up so Mike was kind enough to get cake. Thanks Mike!

Thursday, October 11

Poker!



Finally got my Casino Royale poker plaques (below)! Now I'm just waiting on my poker chips to come in and I'll be having a poker night at my place with the guys.

Update: Forgot to mention that these were a real pain in the butt to get. Seems the company that own the right to these in the US won't ship to Japan. I tracked down the actual maker and guess what? It's a Japanese company (Matsui gaming)! The one sale rep I got in touch with was incredibly nice and tried to get some for me. Ends up that they don't really sell to individuals so I would have needed a minimum order of a 100 plaques. At $10 each that was way over my budget. To make a long story short I was able to find an English reseller that would ship to Japan. And again guess what ... all they do is put the order in with the original American reseller who then ships it. Boy ...


Wednesday, October 10

Halo 3

I got myself a copy of Halo 3 2 weeks back and played it for about a week before finishing. Just getting the console and the game was a feat in itself considering that I live in Japan and all XBox consoles here are in Japanese. Worse yet the games a re region encoded so you can't play a US version of Halo 3 on a Japanese console. Why do companies do this? Sucks big time. Any way, have a friend who goes onto the US army bases here qute a bit and he was able to get me both the console and the game. Thanks Curt!

Tokyo Gaming Convention




I went to the Tokyo Game Show a few weekends back with my friend Sven. This is where various video game companies display their wares, new games, etc. A big show at Makuhari Messe. The place is a bit out of the way, about an hour from Tokyo but it was a fun Sunday afternoon and since I hadn't seen Sven in a while a good way to catch up.

Lots of people in costumes there! This person is just handing out fliers but there were some die-hard anime/manga cosplay; a few pictures below. Some of these costumes were incredibly well made and of course some of the women really good-looking!


Typhoon 9 hits Tokyo


In early September Typhoon 9 (Fitow) hit Tokyo and created quite a mess. This was noticeable at the park near the Tamagawa river were I play Ultimate with a group of friends. The picture show what the fields looked like one week after the typhoon hit. The place was all muddy and there were uprooted tress here and there and a lot of weeds that must have floated in when the river overflowed.

Sunday, August 12

Kirin Brewery


Last week we went to visit the Kirin Brewery and beer museum in Yokohama. Interestingly the name of the station where the brewery is located is Namamugi, which literally means fresh barley. The tour itself was not very interesting and went by pretty quickly. And since we went on a Saturday the machinery was not running so we didn't get to see the bottles and cans spinning around. We did get two free beers each at the end though! I just wish they would have served some of their less popular beers instead of their number one and two best sellers.

Monday, August 6

Little girl with an umbrella


Question: Is the girl real?

Old Japan


A nice picture of what a old traditional Japanese house looks like. Not that I know any one in Japan that has such a house except for the royal family. Though the various temples have buildings like these.

Never this white


Another picture from Tobu World square, this one of the Taj Mahal I don't think the real this is this white any more ...

Sunday, July 29

The gates of?



Isn't this amazing!? Just imagine how much time it must have taken to build this replica! And I have to say that even if you visited the real thing I doubt you'd ever get such a good view of the whole thing. After seeing this I don't feel the need to see the real thing at all, this such a nicer vier, and no crowds! Oh, just in case you didn't know this is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Not been here



The Great Temple at Abu Simbel. Not much to say but a nice picture I thought.

Been there!



Some of my favourite buildings from Manhattan. These buildings are nowhere that close to each other but they make for a great group shot. You can see the Bryant Park Hotel and the Flatiron building. I especially like this type of architecture. Not sure what it is but I'd love to live in a building like these, they've got character.

Huh?



Ok, if this picture doesn't give you a hint of where I've or how come I've been able to take such amazing pictures of Japanese locations then you thicker than pea soup. Tru, my amazing camera (a Canon IXY 900IS) with amazing 288mm wide lens helps but still. All these pictures were taken at the Tobu World Square, an amazing place. Here you can find 1/25 replicas of some of Japan's and the world's most famous buildings.

Yoyogi Park



In the foreground is an image is Yoyogi gymnasium built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics located in Yoyogi park.

Tokyo Station



Another fine picture showing my superior aerial photography skills (not!). Hopefully through this series you'll be able to see some shots of famous Japanese sites without even coming here! This one is of of the famed Tokyo station. And yes it is this busy. One thing to note about all these pictures though ... there is no greenery in Tokyo. You won't see tree like these anywhere.

The Japanese Diet



I guess you're wondering what dieting has to do with this picture? If you guessed 'nothing' then you're right! But those in the know will recognize this building as the Diet of Japan, the parliament building in other words. The Diet is located in central Tokyo but extra points go to those who can figure out where this picture was taken from!

Me and the car

Such a nice picture of me I just had to post it. This is from my sea kayaking experiences with Mike. The picture is shameless stolen from Mike's Blender No I am not responsible for the wreck behind me ...

Kayaking



A few weeks ago Mike invited me to join him and and his girlfriend to spend the night over in Shimoda
and do some sea kayaking in the morning. You can see Mike's full write up of the event at Mike's web site, Mike's Blender. You need to scroll down a bit to find it. Mike has much more free time than me so he can afford to wax lyrical and do a good write up.

Don't pee on the toilet!


Just thought this was funny. A biodegradable toilet? Wouldn't sit on it too long!

Thailand Vacation


In May I went to Thailand for a 10 day vacation. I chose a place called The Sanctuary. I chose this particular 'resort' because they offered three-times daily yoga lessons and the rooms looked great (or at least the pictures on the web site looked great). I enjoyed myself but lets just say that it wasn't all that I expected it to be. The beach wasn't great (the sand is rough and not silky smooth and white) and the waves pretty big. The rooms are spartan and though the web site makes the 'outdoor' shower and toilet attached to each private bungalow sound great, they aren't. Rustic at best is how I would describe the showers/toilets. Mine was even worse because I had a huge lizard that decided to live there.

I did enjoy the yoga though and learned some new styles. I have a new appreciation for Yin and Ashtanga yoga. I just wish I could practice yoga more often in Tokyo!

My Name!


My name card at the wedding reception!

Vincent's Marriage


On April 22 Vincent married Makiko. The ceremony was held in Ginza (Tokyo) and I was lucky enough to be invited. Vincent's father made the trip to attend it was nice to see him again. I sat at the same table with him during the reception and we had some nice chats.

Alex came back!


Back in April, our friend Alex came to visit (with his now wife Junko). Alex was here in Tokyo until 2004(?) and was the first person I met when I joined the Futako-tamagawa ultimate group. We went out with Mike and Mike (both from Ultimate) to play some disc golf in Tachikawa.

Up, up, and away!


It's been a while since my last post. Hope you have all missed me!? In case any of you are wondering what my morning commute to the office is like here's a picture. I take the subway to the office and need to transfer at Yurakucho station, here's the view on the way up the escalators.

Monday, March 19

A Sushi Documentary


This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time! Those who know anything about Japanese culture or have lived in Japan will know what I mean. Those who haven't take everything in this video with a grain of salt ;)

Thursday, January 11

Me at the office


Me at the office. Don't I just look happy? This shot was taken by Raj, one of the managers as he was going around getting everyone's mug shot for a farewell scrap book he was making for Noel, my manager, who was leaving for a new position in our India office.