Archive for August, 2010

Just Got Back


from vacation on Sado Island – off on a business trip to Kobe tomorrow. Full report to follow.

Freelancing in Tokyo


Another big Shout Out to David Chester for another successful FIT night – and thank you for all at Kimono Wine Bar for the food and drink! FIT is in the Blog Roll, and you’ll find Kimono here.

Fogey Fugitives; the latest


Japan’s runaway wrinklies are now 200 strong and counting. Yesterday’s Japan Times reveals that local governments are “scrambling” to find the 200 unaccounted-for centenarians on the pension books but not at their registered address. The event that triggered this latest farce scandal was the discovery in west Tokyo of the 30-year-old mummified corpse of Sogen Kato, a man who would have been 111 years old if still alive. Kato’s relatives were quoted as saying, “He just retired to his room, saying he wanted to become a ‘living Buddha'”. Well, that’s all right, then! Why didn’t you tell us before?! For more on living Buddhas, click on this link, and scroll down to “shokushinbutsu”. Here

The Science of Doraemon


The current special exhibition at the Tokyo Miraikan Science Museum is “The Science of Doraemon”. It might be an anime for kids – but some of the concepts in the show are being taken very seriously by the world’s scientists, and there are plenty of cool gadgets to set any adult’s head spinning!

Coming Soon


Jason Zodiac meets The Tomorrow Children . . . don’t miss it!
Image copyright – Nathan Kail

Coming Attractions


Events of note; on Saturday I shall be sending a report on the Tokyo Iyashi Fair (Healing Fair) at Tokyo Big Sight, where the last Book Fair was. 200 healers and fortune tellers gathered under one roof, 500 visitors, one humble investigator.
The next day; WordPress 101 at Tokyo Hacker Space, where I’ll be trying to get the hang of this blogging stuff! Bosh! The venue is here.

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