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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Japan's frilly 'maids' go grey

Japan's famed "maid cafes" featuring coy young girls serving tea in frilly aprons and bonnets have been given a new twist -- a cafe of unsmiling, grim-faced grannies reflecting a fast-greying nation.


Tokyo's Ikebukuro district now boasts Cafe Rottenmeier, named after the disciplinary housekeeper in the hit 1970s anime series Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and has been drawing some 500 customers daily during weekends in November.

Patrons are greeted with a terse "welcome home" by an unsmiling Fraulein Rottenmeier lookalike before being scolded for slouching in chairs or for not removing their coats in the cafe's warm, cosy environs.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Taco Rice


Taco rice is a popular dish in Okinawa. Instead of the traditional tortilla, you replace it with white rice. Pile spicy ground meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes on top of the rice and you’re done. You can also buy ready-made ground meat in a pouch for easy to make taco rice.


There was no cheese at hand, so a half-boiled egg was placed on the top. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Week 17: Grow Team Grow!

Haven't done this in a while...

LoveBug:
  • Is about five inches long from head to rump.
  • Has begun to develop the all-important adipose tissue — more affectionately known as baby fat.
  • Is hard at working transforming its skeleton from soft cartilage into solid bone.
Me:
  • Feel immensely huge and very pregnant, but baby bump probably isn’t as noticeable as you think it is. People may hesitate to comment or miss it completely, like the woman last night who came up and handed me an alcoholic drink and seemed genuinely shocked when I politely refused it, despite the fact that I feel like my belly eclipses my shoes at this point.
  • “Normal” weight gain at this point can be anything between five and 13 pounds. 

Don't be too shocked but... your baby is EVEN bigger than it was last week, not to mention getting cuter, and smarter every day! As you’ve come to expect, there’s no shortage of growth and development this week: your fantastic little bean stalk has added yet another half inch to their overall height-- making them nearly half a foot long! Their little limbs have reached (or are within one week of) their relative proportions, and will continue to grow evenly with the rest of the body after this week. Reactive listening has begun for your baby, even though their ears are not yet structurally complete or fully functional. Meanwhile, different parts of their astonishingly complex brain are developing to process your little one’s hearing and other senses, (you know, sight, smell, taste and touch). Mind boggling factoid of the week: if you’re going to have a little girl, her ovaries have already produced millions of primordial egg cells, which, within a few weeks, will develop into actual eggs! Phew… just wait till she’s a teenager eh?

Baby Bump: Week 17

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

#0002 - Fashion on the Go



★ name / Suzuki Takashi

★ age/26

★ 11/23/10

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nerikiri & Gyuhi



Nerikiri ”watermelon” is a kind of Japanese traditional cake which is made by sweet bean paste. Nerikiri sweet is supposed to delight the eye as much as the palate. It easily melts in your mouth.



Gyuhi mochi cake ”water jar” is also a Japanese traditional cake. Gyuhi is a softer variety of mochi, and both are made from either glutinous rice or from glutinous rice flour. This water jar sweet is expressive and a maple leaf float on the surface of water. They are unbelievably beautiful and artistic!

#0001

I have come across more than one interesting/nicely dressed individuals, so I might do a double 'Fashion on the Go' in a single post in the future.





11/22/2010

11/22/2010


Name: HIKOICHI // Keita
Age: 21 // 21
Occupation: Caregiver // Student

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pretty Dollie!


AUC aki unoa Collection is frankly mind-numbingly beautiful.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Capturing Fashion on the Go

As the title suggest: Photographing what people are wearing on the streets. 

Quite simple and straightforward :)


11/21/2010

11/21/2010

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Name: Matsumoto Emi
Age: 23
Occupation: Sales
Date: November 21, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Eggs’n Things


Eggs’n Things is a famous casual restaurant in Hawaii. They also have a branch shop out here in Harajuku.

Their motto: “All Day Breakfast”.

We had berry pancakes & turkey bacon with tomato and cheese omelet.

Chocolate Kisses


Sunshine's Kitchen has these chocolate chocolate double chocolate kissed with chocolate butterfly recipes! Make the tartlettes filled with mousse or make the mousse alone in an elegant cocktail glass!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Battle Royale 3D


It’s the tenth anniversary of the release of Battle Royale, which feels strange since it seems like it was the tenth anniversary of Pokemon only a few years ago. In order to celebrate, the movie is getting 3D added to it and a re-release.

If you missed Battle Royale in the cinemas first time around, the story takes place in the near future when society has decided that the only way to deal with teenage violence is to choose a class of school children, take them to an island, and force them to fight until only one is left alive. Along the way, their rivalries, relationships and friendships are revealed and new ones created.

The trailer for the newly 3D-arrised (is that a word?) movie is now out in cinemas across Japan, revealing some of the techniques used to revitalise the film.

The most obvious is the blood. When characters get hacked up, blood spurts out towards the audience. I’m in three minds about this. 1) Blood should obey the laws of physics. 2) It makes everything ten times more gratuitous. They’ve changed the genre by making it about the extreme violence rather than a commentary on it. 3) Sometimes it’s kinda cool.

There are more atmospheric edits too. In one of the final scenes where everything is on fire, flecks of ash rise into the sky. The iconic Battle Royale logo has also got a makeover.Other sections were a mess. All 3D films should have a temporary ban on firing bullets towards the camera. It looks neither cool nor realistic.

I noticed what seemed to be new background music and shots I don’t remember seeing previously. Could be additions, trailer editing, previous cuts for the UK version or my shoddy memory. Overall, I was left wanting to see it, but it’s not my biggest priority. I probably won’t miss anything.

Battle Royale 3D can be seen in select cinemas across Japan from November 20th. Rumour has it that it will also be released in the US in 2011 or thereabouts.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kirigami

At the moment, I have been really into “Kirigami”! It is a paper motif made up by folding, cutting and then reopening a piece of paper.

Kanako Yaguchi has published several “Kirigami” books, and among them, I love the “Otona No Kirigami No Hon” most.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Restaurant: Gonpachi

If you have ever watched Kill Bill Vol. 1, you will probably remember the bloody battle scenes from a restaurant where Uma Thurman goes on a massive killing spree against criminal members of the Tokyo underground.

Perhaps less known is the fact that director Quentin Tarantino got the idea for this fighting scene while visiting a famous Tokyo restaurant called Gonpachi (see photo below).

 Inside of Gonpachi restaurant in Tokyo (Nishi-Azabu location) which
inspired the fighting scene in Kill Bill Vol. 1. 

The movie restaurant — which is actually a set built in studios in China — is not an exact copy but it looks very much like the actual one.

Watch this fighting scene between The Bride (Uma Thurman) and Gogo Yubari (Chiaki Kuriyama) in the restaurant (named The House of Blue Leaves in the film):



Despite its nearly legendary status, the prices in Gonpachi are relatively inexpensive. For instance, you can get decent lunch for as low as about 1000 Yen (about $12).

Gonpachi has several locations in Japan: four in Tokyo (G-Zone Ginza, Nishi-Azabu, Odaiba, Shibuya) and one in Fukuoka (Tenjin).

Gonpachi restaurant official web site can be found here (in English).