Hello Kitty nail stickers I picked up on holiday in Malaysia.
I’ve finally caved and joined the hoards of people using Instagram, which means that I can now only increase the already worrying amount of time I spend on the internet each day. It also means that you can follow me if you are so inclined.
I’m sure I will post some of the photos here too when I get around to it, but feel free to check out my amateur photography here if you’re at all interested.
Over the past year I’ve been living in Kyoto, I saved my subway cards - which come in a variety of designs. Most depict famous images of Kyoto, from famous temples and the Gion festival, to the popular meeting place the Kamogawa (or Kamo River).
Many of the card designs feature the phrase “日本京都があって、よかった” or roughly “Isn’t it great that Japan has Kyoto?”.
The cards can be used throughout the Kansai region, and not all of the designs are specific to Kyoto. One of them is a subway map of Osaka, for example.
An upcoming event in Yokohama, dubbed the Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chuu (ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ) or roughly “outbreak of Pikachus”, kicks off tomorrow.
The event will have 1,000 pikachu ready to welcome visitors to Yokohama’s Minato Mirai bayside districts.
The pikachu invasion will see the city looking less like Yokohama and more like Viridian Forest from the Pokemon games.
Entertaining video with an important message.
Having certain preferences: completely OK. Fetishizing an entire race: not OK! Yellow fever - stop it!
This is something that is pretty relevant when you’re living in an Asian country. Unfortunately, it seems to provide motivation for some people to come here. I’m just going to let the video speak for itself though because this young lady explains it pretty well.
One piece of advice that I was given before coming to Japan was to bring plenty of deodorant with me, because “Japanese deodorant is weak”. The supposed reason for this was that Japanese people just don’t sweat, compared to us smelly foreigners.
While there are a number of effective deodorants available in Japan if you look for them (both Japanese and foreign brands) and there’s a lot of information on which ones are good online, the idea that Japanese people sweat less than foreigners actually does have some scientific basis.
I think anyone who has been on a crowded subway train in Japan in the height of summer, or caught a whiff of a baseball team that’s just finished practice, can confirm that Japanese people do indeed sweat. However, as is explained in the video, most Japanese people actually have less sweat glands than most races, including Caucasians and Africans, so they produce less sweat and less body odor.
Interestingly, the same gene that determines the number of sweat glands we have also affects the consistency of our earwax. So, (most) Japanese people have different earwax from other races.
Anyway, I thought this information was interesting, and it gives me more reason to complain about summer, something which is always welcome.