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Pachinko….

by on Aug.24, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

So…. As I’ve been in japan for two months now I’ve been getting very home sick. I think part of the reason is because I’ve run out places to go so my weekends are calming down alot. Add in the fact that my kids had their first day of school ever and I missed it, they always were taken care of by me or their gradma before, and I’m pretty homesick…

Last night I went to a hanabi festival with a friend from work, the one in the photo from ninja akasak, aye-san. While there we met up with alot of her friends and they all brought homemade food and drinks and it was very nice.

Today though I just stayed home and watched Lost, bought it on itunes so I can watch it here.. Around dinner time cho-san called me and we went to get yakiniku, bbq where they sit a bbq on your table and you cook your food. He could see I’ve been kind of down lately and finally I said, lets go to pachinko. He hates pachinko but I just wanted to do something instead of going home. This time though, I knew what I was doing.. I put my 2000 yen in the machine and played.. The bells and whistles sounded and I kept playing… Then after another 30 minutes the bells and whistles again and such.. I ended up filling up three buckets with balls.. I figured each bucket was about 2000 yen each so I was up and decided to quit.. We exchanged the balls for a card, then took the card upstairs and exchanged it for some chocolate and some “Plastic”.. I took the plastic downstairs and around the back of the place and there was a door with a small whole in it. The opening was barely enough to slide a hand through. I slid my “Plastic” through the whole and the guy gave e back 16,000 yen.. I hadn’t doubled or tripled my money.. I had gotten 8x my money.. w00t… I love pachinko now ;).. Especially evangelion pachinko…

That is all.. Still homesick, but at last got to have some fun…

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by on Aug.22, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

Ok, so last weekend.. I went out to ninja akasaka with a few friends. This was a very hip/trendy/pricey restaurant. You show up and the entrace is kind of hiddent and blended into the side of the wall. After you find the entrance you are told you must go through ninja training to eat there. A secret passageway opens and a ninja escorts you through the maze. The maze is the training grounds and sometimes you have to duck pretty low to get through. Once you finish the maze you end up in the restaurant. But it doesn’t look like a restaurant, it looks like an anchient village with each table being in its own little ninja house. We climbed the rocks to our ninja house and proceeded to eat. All the food was presented very well in a fun manner and was very delicious. Only issue was the price was a bit high, but what do you expect when a japanese ninja theme park restaurant focuses on presentation and serves things like caviar potato ice cream ;)…

After ninja akasaka me and cho-san went for a walk to roppongi where we had some drinks for the rest of the night and caught the first train home in the morning. It was all in all a good night even though I was sick from all the vodka for 2 days later…

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Busy weekends…

by on Aug.22, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

So its been a while since the last update… I’ve been quite busy partying, drinking, and working so haven’t had much time to keep up, but I want to make sure you all know I still lub ya..

Two weeks ago or so I went to Kamakura(Big bronze buddha place), and enoshima(Sufer town).. It was alot of fun, you could even climb in buddha’s ass. 😉 We walked around and saw a few of the temples there, I think there are 60 temples in total so we didn’t see anywhere near all of them. Afterwards we caught a train to enoshhima and watched the pretty girls on the beach, and hiked to another temple and lighthouse. All in all it was alot of fun and to finish the night off we ended up going to see a live performance by a coworker in fujisawa area.

Check out the photos… Video of band will come shortly..

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Give me some comment luv…

by on Aug.22, 2008, under General

So I installed a new comment plug in for wordpress.. Its called commentluv and it should now visit any comment posters website and download the latest post on their site via rss and add it to their signature. Please post some comments if you have a blog and use your blogs url for your sites url and it we should start seeing some comment luv..

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Pachinko and Hardy Times

by on Aug.08, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

Soooo. Lets start with pachinko… I went to a real pachinko parlour the other night. Not the “Game” house that featured pachinko like last time.. And sat down with my 2000 yen to play. While playing though I aparently won something big.. I didn’t know what it was.. But the machine started beeping and flashing, and playing a music video.. It was really cool, the guys even walked up and put a flag on my machine because I was A WINNER.. The problem was, I turned to cho-san and asked him.. What is this.. And he said “Its a popular song”.. So me, being gaijin I thought when music was over it would spit out a shit load of balls.. Well, 5 minutes into the song with me and cho-san watching it someone finally explained that I had to play through the music video to win big….. WTF??????? 7 minute music video and you tell me this after I sat here watching for 5 minutes? So I start playing and the balls just pour out of the machine.. I must have doubled or trippled my money in just those 2 minutes of playing.. Imagine what I would have if I had played through the whole song instead of being a LOOOOOSSSSEEEERRRR and watching the music video.. Le Sigh…

Second thing that makes me a looser.. I installed Hardy Heron — Ubuntu, in a virtual machine.. But get this.. The japanese archive servers for ubuntu are sooooo bad that 50 percent of the time I get 404 errors when running apt-get update.. And you know, installing SDL libraries? Impossible.. How can Ubuntu not keep the japanese mirrors in sync with the US mirrors?

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Nikko

by on Aug.03, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

Went to Nikko this weekend. First up, Nikko temples. There were alot of georgous temples there and hot water onsens. And yes I got my ass naked and got in a onsen. Was a pretty good time, will let the pictures speak for themselves:

Secondly we went to Edo wonderland.. Which is home to many ninjas and samurais.. This was alot of fun as they had alot of shows and it was like a festival atmosphere alot of places. Again I will let the pictures and videos do the talking for this one also:

And now the ninja video:

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Deadly Blowfish

by on Aug.03, 2008, under Gaijin in Tokyo

Well, we went out for fugu, Deadly Blowfish, on friday night. It was alot of fun. Fugu itself isn’t that great, but the atmosphere was alot of fun. Had fugu sashimi, which tasted alright, and also a fugu that we boiled at the table. The fugu was soo fresh that it was still moving on the plate.

All in all, I would never order fugu again. Not because it tasted bad, but because it was just blah. There is soo much better food in japan than fugu, I understand why japanese don’t really eat it except when americans ask them out to try it.

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