Category Archives: Japan

On the topic of toothpicks

There’s a bit in “So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish” where the main character is asked to reflect upon a society that feels the need to include instructions in a box of toothpicks.  Nowadays we have actually regressed … Continue reading

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A sad day for digital importers; JCB pulls out of the US.

For a little over a decade now, I’ve been carrying around a JCB (“Japan Credit Bureau”) credit card, and it has been an endless source of amusement when using it to pay for goods and services.  I’ve occasionally gotten to … Continue reading

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Stuff I bought in Japan 2017: Non-Gaming Edition

It’s no coincidence that my trip to Japan this year overlapped Comic Market.  It’s been a solid decade since the last time I went, and that was apparently enough time for me to forget how absolutely miserable it is to … Continue reading

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Stuff I bought in Japan 2017: Gaming Edition

Every time I go to Japan, I tell myself (and anyone who will listen) “Oh, this isn’t just a shopping trip, I have lots of things I will be doing that aren’t shopping.” And then I add up the receipts … Continue reading

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The MOS “Tokyo Tower Cheese Burger”

While MOS Burger is pretty ubiquitous throughout Japan and many of its neighbor countries, it’s more-or-less unknown outside of the region. That’s a shame, because it’s a good alternative to McDonalds or Burger King.  It has the image of being … Continue reading

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“Pink dot” Caramel Banana Pancakes, I should not have eaten you.

I woke up this morning, my last full day in Japan, with the realization that I’d really accomplished everything I’d set out to do while here, I was running a little low on cash, and I should find a cheap … Continue reading

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No Hoots Given

A couple of years ago, I spent two weeks in China, more-or-less evenly divided between Beijing and Shanghai. I really don’t have a lot of positive things to say about the country, as a result. There was no sense of … Continue reading

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