Archives for “Random Japan”

Heya! I'm pretty excited about my next trip to Japan, as I'll be bringing along a collective of cartoonists and publishers as part of the ...


Thanks to a note from my friend David, I've been informed that there's a whole new round of Taiyo Matsumoto t-shirts now available at Uniqlo ...


I've got a million other things I should be blogging about, but I was just talking some smack about eating Pizza in Japan/Tokyo and I ...


http://www.palladiumboots.com/video/tokyo-rising#part1 Great short doc about Tokyo and Japan's creative class following the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, featuring Pharrell Williams. Definitely worth the watch. Sorry for the autoplay, ...


Last month I started up a blog called Oyatsu Break! (http://oyatsubreak.com), a Japanese snack food review blog. I also hosted a Kit Kat tasting party ...


"Environmental guilt = a garbage bag filled with Japanese Kit Kat wrappers. If it weren't for my kidnapping and blackmail side business, this would be ...


Japan: Tradition. Innovation. May-October 2011. Opens May 20th, 2011. Canadian Museum of Civilization 100 Laurier Street Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M8 (Just on the other side of the river from Ottawa) http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/whats-on/event-detail&EventId=302 So, ...


Hey everyone, this is an event I'm helping to organize here in Toronto on April 17th. I would love it if you could attend, and ...


I'm having a tough time with what's going on in Japan right now. I never visited Sendai but we did travel through/nearby in 2009, on ...


Apparently the folks at online importer j-list have started selling cans of the pancake drink, or as they call it "Dydo Hot Cake Mix Drink ...


An email in my inbox this morning has alerted me to the fact that the quizzical "Cheese Kit-Kat" is now in stock andavailable for sale ...


So before I set about giving away at Christmastime the massive collection of different flavours of Kit Kat that I'd amassed (56, give or take), ...


It occurs to me, this being a comic-book website, that not all of my readers may be familiar with club flyers, and may think them ...


In observance of World AIDS day December 1st, I thought it might be appropriate (and fun!) to dig out some of the "souvenirs" of my ...


I'm still in Japan, and I've got a whole bunch of little posts on the fantastic beverages I've been consuming, but this one took the ...


- Chris


So, surprising no one (I guess) I am heading back to Tokyo today for a business trip with as much 'pleasure' as I can cram ...


Last week the excellent Japanese Culture blog Pink Tentacle picked up on the story of illustrator Goji Ishihara, a Showa-period Japanese illustrator who is fondly ...


I've talked about it before, but one of the most disorienting things about Tokyo is when you move away from the major roads and into ...


I was at the Korean grocery store in my neighbourhood and found these neat snacks based on the anime (and manga I guess) Crayon Shinchan, ...


Most of the Random Japan posts here are about food, because (more often than not) food was a sort of in-between thing when I was ...


Spotted at 'Plaza'  in Harajuku, July 2009. Ladies Briefs featuring Spider-Man. If you are a nerd who gets a lady to wear these for you, ...


We got to Odaiba a little later than I wanted, and ended up missing a chance to see the lit-up Gundam do its whole thing. ...


Love Star. Sapporo. Mos Burger X Mr. Donut. L to R: Donut Holes (asst), Chocolate "Cheese Burgers", Mango Pudding, Fried Dough with Raspberry "Ketchup". Convenience Store Sandwiches on ...


From a store just outside Harajuku JR Station, comes these socks. Mickey Mouse as Spider-Man, from July 2009... months before the announcement of the Disney/Marvel ...