Hello Kitty TP

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"low" is the name of a small cafe / d.j bar in Aoyama.

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So I have some interesting news. I went Snowboarding last Friday. My first time. I fell and fell and fell and then I fell some more and then I had lunch. Then after lunch I went out and I fell some more and some more and then again I fell some more. You get the idea.

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In America we have the famous after Christmas sales.  In Japan, as the biggest holiday of the year is New Year’s Day they have after New Year’s sales or Hatsu-uri, literally "first sale".  But on top of that, one of the big traditions during this time is the tradition of Fukubukuro pronounced foo-koo-boo-koo-row.  Fuku means surprise, bukuro means bag.  In English we would call them "gab bags"

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Looking for good Italian food in Tokyo?  My friends Pat and Austin introduced me to Salvatore

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cherries under the bridge.


The other day I was out at this place called the Pink Cow and I was fortunate to run into a group of web design women. One of them has this very cute website called about a family of elephants and their adventures. For example check out Zoupi’s adventures to Belgium. According to Kristen who runs the site, somebody she’d never met asked if Zoupi wanted to come to Belgium and off he went. She’s really jealous because Zoupi has been to see Belgium but she hasn’t.

Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan is

7/11 Employees dressed in Santa outfits selling Christmas cakes on the sidewalk.
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It’s not Christmas

Supposedly it’s Christmas but it really doesn’t feel like it. Christmas in Japan is basically Valentines day. Most couples go out to dinner, exchange gifts and then all the hotels are booked for the night or so I’m told. Otherwise there are some Christmas decorations up at many stores but as I’m working now I don’t have time to shop so I’ve seen very few this year. Today, Christmas Eve and tomorrow Christmas Day are just regular work days in Japan.

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Lastest Cellphone Gadgets

It’s been just a few months since my last post about what’s new in the cell phone world in Japan. It’s mostly still all gadgets but here’s what’s happening.

(*) J-Phone and Toshiba have introducued the J-T08. It’s got a “QVGA” display which basically comes down to 320×240 pixel display. That’s about 4 times most other cell phones.

(*) NTT has finally embraced cameras and offer about 10 different camera models. In response J-Phone changed their ad campaign from basically “we rock because we have cameras” to “we were first, we have the most camera enabled users”

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