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The birthday cake that The Boyfriend brought over for me.  Japan does some damn good cakes....

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My rough translation: "Fuck Patriotism"

There's a movement these days to teach kids patriotism in schools.  This makes a lot of people - especially the ones who have studied history - very nervous....

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The car with the most annoying engine noise in the game - the Nike.  In Paris again.

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The car with the most annoying engine noise in the game - the Nike.  In Seattle.

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A really, really drunk college wrestler at Sanjo Kamogawa.  I met the team's manager (she's one of my students) and she was totally embarassed.  But this is a tradition - the first years come to the Kamo and get blind stinking drunk.  Be...

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One of my co-workers made this, presumeably in an attempt to kill us all. The bottom layer is crushed Oreo cookie, the center is a peanut butter-cream cheese mix with chocolate chips, and the top is chocolate frosting. It's delicious, but eac...

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According to The Boyfriend: Oshikura Manju is a game that little kids play where they bump their butts together. This is allegedly to keep warm, which wouldn't surprise me since little kids all have to wear those short-shorts in the winter.
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You may remember the Christmas subway ad I snapped a few months ago, featuring an undead hand poking out of a coffin, holding a cheery red sock?

Well, the inappropriately vampiric ads continue, this time for V-Day. A woman with cute little fangs ...

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The picture is from my phone, so it's not nearly as good as it might have been with my real camera.  But it's better than I expected and, honestly, pretty close to how it'll stay in my memory - lots of bright lights and interesting ...

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The crowd was overwhelmingly female, probably due to the fact that anime doesn't tend to produce a lot of actual man-shaped male heroes.  They're often teenagers, and androgynous ones at that.

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My dinner last night, put together more or less on the spur of the moment.  Dead easy to make, too.  And delicious, which goes without saying.... *grin*

SHRIMP AND MUSHROOM PASTA
- 500 grams small frozen shrimp (I used pre-cooked)
- 3 cloves of g...

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Black and white was a much better way to go for this hazy night....

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This is Okiku's Well, so named after a young serving girl who was falsely accused of stealing a plate.  She was tortured to death and thrown into this well.  And she had previously revealed a plot to kill the lord of the castle, too.  That�...

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A very strange little statue, near Nagahama Hachimangu shrine.

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I picked it up after seeing <i>Transformers</i> this afternoon.  Such a fun, movie, filled with so much Awesome I could barely contain it....

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We were surveyed by these junior high school students at Kiyomizu.  They read us some rote questions from their books and seemed very enthusiastic about meeting new people....

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Thanks again to the Nintendo DS and 献立全集.

Get 200 grams of chicken thigh, six to eight cherry tomatoes (halved), a couple of cloves of garlic (chopped) and spaghetti.

Sprinkle a little salt on the chicken and pat it betwe...

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The Nojima Fault, preserved by the town

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The famous rock garden at Ryoanji - it would have been serene and meditative if not for the throngs of nattering tourists....

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Not much turkey out here....

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