the shinjuku docomo building

What everybody here calls Tokyo's Empire State Building.
Even though it’s only about 30 stories tall.  It is does stick out
though with its distinctive shape and it’s also slightly lit at night.

Faster than a speeding bullet

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My Dad’s trip to Rome

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shinjuku at night

Taken from the West area from a pedestrian bridge

Crayon Shinchan

Well I’ve been looking for stuff to watch here in Japan to practice my Japanese.  Unfortunately either Japanese TV is generally boring (which I heard from several Japanese people) or it’s that I don’t understand it so it’s boring to me.  I’m not sure which it is.  Maybe a little of both.  So, I’ve been trying to find something interesting enough that I will want to watch it in instead of having to force myself to watch it.

Well I found it!  Crayon Shinchan is a cartoon show.  It seems to be aimed at kids but I’d say it’s often aimed at adult kids kind of like South Park though not quite that far.

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How to Talk to Anybody

I picked up this book at the big Kinokuniya book store on the south side of Shinjuku station.  I haven’t finished it but so far I really like it.  It’s kind of like "How to Win Friends and Influence People", that old book by Dale Carnegie but unlike that book, this book gives you specific things to do instead of just generalizations.

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No Giri Choco for me

Well today is that dreaded day for all us single people. Valentine’s Day. It’s been 9 years since I’ve receieved anything on Valentine’s day.

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Nakanoshimbashi is where I finally found an apartment.

My first view of this area was coming out of the subway exit. It seemed like a very cute little area especially compared to some of the other places I saw during my search.

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Mom’s webpage

and Memories from Mom





Beef & Pork




It's a Mouse, It's a Printer. No! It's TWO THINGS IN ONE!

About a month ago I saw that casio had released this little label printer which you can see here. It’s very cute and it seems like since it was released there is now one next to every computer in nearly every store in Japan. They are only about $50 and plug in via USB and have a very simple interface. In your tool tray you click the icon, type the text, press print.

But, even crazier than that today I saw they have a new mouse out that has basically the same printer built in. It’s about $60. The mouse is a little larger than a normal mouse but still, who’d have thought of this one?

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