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  • Blog Post: Halo 2 Sales in Japan

    For the week of 11/8 - 11/14, Master Chief worked his way into 37,507 Japanese homes, placing Halo 2 in 3rd place on the all console charts. Not bad, considering that the XBox console market share is....shall we say, a bit small. English: http://www.m-create.com/eng/e_ranking.html Japanese, complete...
  • Blog Post: I think I'm blogging Japanese...

    I'm trying out the new MSN blogging service at http://spaces.msn.com . It's only in Japanese, though you can look at the spatterings of English in there and wonder what exactly I'm talking about. (Those of you that do speak Japanese, feel free to correct mine!) BTW, most of the comments are: 1) People...
  • Blog Post: Wasabi: It's not just for sushi anymore

    Sushi Condiment Wasabi Doesn't Clear Noses: http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/94/102703.htm However, it apparently prevents tooth decay: http://content.health.msn.com/content/article/36/1728_66834.htm I'm ready for my wasabi-flavored Listerene, are you?
  • Blog Post: Passing First Grade shouldn't be this hard!

    I'm currently studying for the Japanese Langauge Proficiency Test, Level 1.. There are 4 levels, 1 being the most difficult. The test is only offered once a year (in December), and this year I'll be able to take the test in Seattle. Here's a brief overview of the test: First grade (1kyuu): Total score...
  • Blog Post: You want a shake with those fries?

    Another interesting thing I've discovered about Japan is the rigidity of their set menus. One day while I was in Japan, I go into McDonald's with my parents, and ask what everyone wants so that I can order for them. My mom tells me that she wants a Teriyaki McBurger combo, with hot coffee to drink. I...
  • Blog Post: The Shinkansen Countdown

    So, I'm waiting on the platform in Nagoya for my shinkansen (bullet train) to arrive. The reserved cars were all sold out, so I had to take my chances with the non-reserved cars, since I'm a bit short on time. The thing about riding in the non-reserved cars is that you never know whether you'll be able...
  • Blog Post: Japanese parking lots

    So, just got back from my 4 week vacation to Japan, so I'll probably have a few more Japan themed posts coming up. Here's something I noticed when I first went over there, and it struck me as odd again this time around. Everyone does back-in parking ! It's eerie almost. I've seen a few cars here and...
  • Blog Post: The Wacky World of Japanese Ice Cream

    http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/photospecials/0406/ice-cream04/00.html Mmmm, can't wait to try the Spinach ice cream...
  • Blog Post: Even the burglars take off their shoes...

    http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/news/20040615p2a00m0dm005000c.html ...speechless...
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