I live in Tokyo now but most of my friends and family do not. The main idea here is that I can tell these people about interesting things that happen and are seen.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rise and Shine, Twenty-Nine

well that is my age now, the two and the nine

right now i am eating peanuts that still have the skins on them and the skins are just driving me berserk. godammit they are a bane....

still, a birthday don't start 'fishially none tills i wake up in the morning so i reckon we'll not take having a bunch of manky skins stuck in my teeth as the measure of the day

i ain't sure which year exactly my birthday became less about presents and more about contemplating my inevitable demise but it were a few years afore this one - lucky i ain't prone to fussing about such

anyway, proper update soon doggies

Thursday, March 08, 2007

El Delfin's 9/11 Tribute

Sometimes I feel bad about just posting YouTube links and stuff, but you know, what is the point of a blogg really? The answer is "not much" or at least it would be if English grammar allowed that to be an answer.

So, ain't no need act prideful about being just another molecule caught up in the Brownian swirl of inter net soup, pushing around a bunch of pictures of people's faces all phoshopped on the wrong bodies and that.


Here's an Ecuadorian pop star's musical tribute to 9/11 (is anyone out there rabid enough to demand I say 11/9 instead?)... it is pretty astonishing.

Ay yi yi!

(I ain't saying "Ay yi yi!" to act ill about Latin people. I'm quoting, he says it at least a couple of times. It is a genuine expression of shock and woe. Also his lounge looks like it belongs to a character in a Tomas Tang film)

Read the translated lyrics afterwards... posted up by Vice Magazine, which, incidentally, is probably a better place to be looking for content than right here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Gut's Soul

I went to "Gut's Soul" last night, an all-you-can-eat yakiniku restaurant in Yoyogi. Infinite fried meat for 90 minutes - 900 yen. That is outrageously cheap. In fact the owners seem to be kind of embarrassed about the situation. The interior walls are covered in messages written in chalk. There is basic information like "what is yakiniku?" (my doggs - it is delicious marinated meat that you fry on a griddle that's set in the middle of your table), or advertising facts of dubious utility (fried pig meat has less cholesterol than egg yolks! EGG YOLKS -- BUSTED)

Much of the script, however, seems directly designed to shame the customer for coming to Gut's Soul. For example:

You can take as much as you like. You may be full. But don't forget to appreciate the farmer. You know that there is a lot of children who cannot get enough foods and starved in the world. So you should show appreciation for the food.

Or, more cryptically:

We have had a manner of culture for some hundreds of years. Now we have become rich and have no opportunity to learn this manner. So we introduced such a system as "you can eat as much as you want". We want you to think about the importance of food through this system. It's so excellent for you to learn something from our motto.

I think the point in this second piece is that our ancestors would've considered Gut's Soul an abombination.

Also: comic is updated.