Most awesome video of the return of the Gundam statue at the newly opened DiverCity Tokyo in Odaiba. The statue was already finished back in January when I was there the last time, but now it has been officially unveiled together with the new shopping & entertainment complex.
Can't wait to see the statue in action myself next month! Enjoy!
The sheets covering the new station building on the south side (Electric Town Exit) have just been removed showing the new building. The new building is called "Atre 1", probably meaning that the north side of the station will also get a new building called "Atre 2".
Atre is a range of department store built on top of train stations, mostly featuring restaurants.
I think it looks quite cool and it covers up the station very well. I hope those empty spots on the walls will get covered with anime and electronics ads ;p
It's due to open in winter 2010, so I'll probably get to see it finished when I'm there during the new year holidays :)
This must be the weirdest thing I have come across on my last trip to Japan. We were walking around Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, and we heard a sound of what was like a crying baby, but I started to doubt that it was a baby, but that it might be a cat. Then we saw this around the corner. I've never heard a cat sing/cry like that before (or I just don't know anything about cats and this is perfectly normal ^^; maybe it was in pain, I don't know) You can actually hear the second cat moaning as well. Sorry for the focussing noise sometimes (it's a EOS 500D which doesn't have autofocus), and my silly joke about it sounding like it's chanting prayers ^^
The Tokaido road was the most important road in Japan since hundreds of years and it still is to this day, although in many different forms. It was the road between the ruling capital Edo (now Tokyo) and the imperial capital Kyoto.
The Belgian national TV's cultural channel CANVAS has made a documentary (called "Tokaido") focusing on the old Tokaido road and what is left of it. They are using old drawing made by famous artist Ando Hiroshige from 1832 and follow all the 53 stops on the Tokaido and compare his 53 drawings with the current situation. During the course of the documentary, they also show different aspects of Japanese society which may be unknown to western people.
It is a very interesting 10-part documentary which has just ended its broadcast but will likely be rerun again. But the makers would like to make a DVD release of this documetary and are looking to see if there is enough interest to make it. The DVD would probably have the original english voice in stead of the dutch voice which was shown on TV, making it easier for international distribution.
Official site: http://multiblog.vrt.be/canvasprogrammas/category/tokaido/tokaido-deze-week/
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=140668917965
August has been a good month, yet more loot ;p
A short round-up of the latest 2 arrivals.
Last Monday got a big package from Amazon with some books:
- A Mah Jong Handbook: How to Play, Score, and Win
- A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present
- Early Japanese Railways 1853-1914: Engineering Triumphs That Transformed Meiji-era Japan (gorgeous book, more than I had expected, and yes I'm a bit of a train otaku ;p)
- The Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Numbers: Revised Edition (this is a book I used to lend from the library often, now I finally have it ;p)
- Prime Numbers: The Most Mysterious Figures in Math (from the same author as the previous book)
The second package arrived today from CDJapan with Ayumi Hamasaki's latest single Sunrise/Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~, and Mizuki Nana's last album ULTIMATE DIAMOND and Starcamp EP single from last year.
I don't think I have anything arriving this month any more, but definitely next month has more to come ^^
Green Tea flavor zero calorie Coca-Cola Plus, Japan’s newest weird soft drink.
The new flavor will hit the stores across Japan on Monday, June 8th. Judging from Coke’s press release, the target demographic is women in their 20’s and 30’s who are concerned about health and beauty.
Expect a bitter battle to take place this month between this cola and Pepsi’s new shiso-flavored drink.
I'd sure like to taste it! I loved the green tea-flavored Kit-Kat, and green tea tastes good, so let's see how green tea coke goes ^^
Source: Japan Probe
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