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Patrick Kenny
I'm building Oh My Japan, a website to connect Japanese and English speakers with one another.
I'm building Oh My Japan, a website to connect Japanese and English speakers with one another.
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I made a new friend on the way to work. My first time to see one of these in Tokyo. 
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I think everyone who lives in a big city should carry an uncooked egg in their pocket. Then, when a taxi runs a red light right in front if you, you can whip the egg out and throw it at the taxi.

This is not vandalism; this is public service. If everyone did this, when you were about to cross the street, you could double check to make sure any approaching taxis weren't covered in eggs to ensure safe passage. 

Remember that great scene from Pulp Fiction about the Quarter Pounder in Paris being called the Royale with Cheese?

Well, you know what they call a bucket of KFC in Tokyo?

A barrel of KFC.

Imagine that-- a whole fuckin' barrel of KFC for you and your family.  And the families here on average only have one kid!

There are a lot of things that can ruin an otherwise good Saturday night, but few are so perfect at it as Microsoft Word's styles menu.

Where did I want to go today?  Not to Microsoft Office UI hell, that's for sure.

I appreciate my government warning me not to become a drug smuggler, as it may get me arrested.  This excerpt is from the Japanese consulate's monthly newsletter for September:

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4. Criminal Penalties for “Drug Mules” at Narita

This summer has seen an increase in the number of Americans arrested at Narita International Airport for attempting to bring illegal drugs into Japan.  Many of these “drug mules” were attempting to bring illegal stimulant drugs from India....
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"Be a smart ass, not a drug mule."

風立ちぬ

Short English version: Studio Ghibli has a new movie and it's great! I think it's their best since "Grave of the Fireflies" or "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind." The content may render it unlikely to get a wide international release, but it's definitely worth seeing if you get the chance.

『ハウルの動く城』と『崖の上のポニョ』がイマイチに思っていたが、今回の宮崎駿監督の作品は『火垂るの墓』や僕の大好きな『風の谷のナウシカ』に並んでも不思議ではないぐらい素晴らしいものだ。

この映画は夢を持つことがどれだけ大切なものなのかを描く立派な物語。シーンの4分の一が夢の中で進むが、実際に生きた人の話のアニメーションとしては『千年女優』以外に良く出来ているのは存在しないだろう。

しかも、恋愛話でもある。(Ghibliの初大人の恋の話のでは?)

結論→絶対観る価値がある

隅田川花火大会に行きたいとは思ったが、ひどい雨が降っている今は無事に机の前に座っていることが何よりありがたい

I really wanted to go see the big fireworks show tonight (the largest in Tokyo, 20,000+), but in consideration of the ridiculous amount of rain that came falling out of nowhere, I'm now glad to be sitting at my desk.

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マンサイズの肉まん

A Chinese "dumpling" so big it contains an entire hamburger inside
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105円で買える幸せ

$1 is the price of happiness at Sushiro, the most inventive chain of conveyor belt sushi restaurants
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Who knew there was a term (ASMR) for the vaguely sexual feeling of having an electric razor on the back of your neck?  This, like the photic sneeze reflex, is one of those strange phenomena that I thought was just one of my own quirks until I searched for it on the Internet.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/28/4475154/my-barber-gave-me-a-head-orgasm-the-strange-world-of-asmr
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