Looks like I'm only getting round to doing these once a month ToT. Will try to do the next one again within a week before this series gets renamed "A Month in Tokyo" ^^;
Today we look at everything that happened up to my arrival back in Tokyo after a week in Singapore for the most awesome Anime Festival Asia.
First photo - when one wants to change their mobile carrier, a fine needs to be paid to the current carrier. That's how they treat you after many years of loyalty. Folks who are thinking of switching to the iPhone carrier Softbank need not pay the fine as they will cover the cost for you. Does your mobile carrier threaten you with hefty fines to prevent you from switching?
A visit to the BNN office - the publishers of "100 Masters of Bishojo Painting" . They were also looking for some freelance Japanese to French translators. Managed to find them somebody after tweeting the position. Often post job opportunities with Japanese companies on my Twitter so you may want to follow if you are interested.
To save time in Tokyo, you can download various train map apps from the iTunes store for your iDevice which more often than not includes train carriage exit data. Say you need to get off at Ikebukuro station at exit 5, the application will tell you which carriage you need to be on so you can move to the carriage position while waiting for the train to come.
Overground cables means a high penetration rate of optic fiber Internets for folks in Japan - starting at about 10 USD per month. How much are you paying and for what speed? More info about the optic fiber cables in this post.
Got ourselves the ES_PRO Steadycam to help keep the camera steady. A sample of it in action below.
However we found that we didn't really need it for the type of shots we wanted and have hardly used it. Picked it up from Amazon for 35820 yen but will sell it to anybody who is willing to pick up from Meguro for 19000 yen.
Quite a few faves this month including the Nanoha Nendo puchi, figma Haruhi, figma Mikuru, figma King Kazma and figma Dead Master.
If you are looking for any of these then you may want to have a peeketh at one of the following trusted online retailers.
These are traditional Japanese muchies called Kamaboko . Its made of pulp fish and usually slightly salted. Tastes absolutely yummy. You may have already tried it in ramen and recognize it as looking like this.
Located right in the middle of a business district are these Gacha machines. One thing I love about Japanese culture is that adults continue to enjoy and consume character goods while many folks outside of Japan stop consuming because they think its embarrassing - or rather their peers think its embarrassing.
If you enjoy something then don't feel ashamed to stop just because of what others think - because if you do stop then the only person who looses out is yourself.
Launched a new site in the Mirai Gaia platform for Ascii Media Works. Tokyo Kawaii Magazine is an iPhone magazine application that features Japanese Pop Culture. I also currently write for the magazine every month.
The old Skyliner has been replaced by the Skyliner Airport Express - 36 mins to the airport from Nippori. Have a lookie at the Tokyo Airport Train post to see the various means that one can take to and from Narita airport.