Last week, @andoryuu3 on Twitter told me about Google IME. Since then, I’ve been trying it out to see if it’s worth writing about. Obviously it is (if you haven’t figured that out already), so I’ve written up a little article talking about why Google IME is actually pretty awesome. The differences are pretty subtle, [...]
A couple months back, we already talked about how different the Japanese Christmas is. Now it’s time to take a look at another holiday that’s isn’t quite the same in Japan: Valentine’s Day.
Do’h. Smart.fm is closing down, and taking your content with it (holy crap, I made a lot for them, including a good amount of semi-pro audio, which I paid someone for). Well, they’re only kinda-sorta closing down. The parent company, Cerego is ending the Smart.fm service and rebranding it as “iKnow” (wait… hasn’t this happened [...]
I’ve seen some old pictures of Japan… but these are really old. We’re talking like 1860-1861 here. I didn’t know cameras existed at this time (though apparently the first exposure ever was taken in 1827, around 30 years before these pictures were taken). Pictures taken at this time were probably using the daguerreotype method, which, [...]
For the last few weeks I’ve been pretty fascinated by the idea of “lucid dreaming.” Basically, this is the ability to know when you’re dreaming, then being able to take control of it to do whatever you want. Of course, after being able to fly and performing dentristry on monkeys, my thoughts drifted to studying [...]
There’s a pretty decent chance that if you’re Japanese, you’re about to head off to pick up your (possibly reserved) Christmas Chicken from KFC… you know, because that’s how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. Who knew The Colonel’s secret recipe was so… tricky!
After a quick night in Saitama, I made my way up to Nagano, from which I was able to go to Jigokudani. This place is known for its hot springs and it’s “hellish” landscape. What it’s really known for, though, is its monkeys, which chill warm up in the hot springs. That’s right. Monkeys. Monkeys [...]