Fireworks Asakusa

No. Not Akasaka, AsakusaB

I don’t know about you guys, but I always mess the two up.

I saw fireworks on… uh… yeah, Saturday. It was a good time. Freaking hot and humid, and really crowded, but it was a great time. I’m actually surprised at how well the pictures turned out. Here are some more pictures of lower quality than those you see here.

Fireworks in Japan are a big deal. It seemed that everyone in Tokyo was heading for the same train station that day. There was even a large special sign down in the train station telling people how much it costs to get to the fireworks location. Needless to say, the train was packed. We didn’t even think of riding the subway home after the fireworks…

There are a few obviously interesting structures in Asakusa. One of them is… this building shaped like a mug of beer frothing at the top. Yeah, I’m too lazy to look up which building it exactly is. Hey. It’s 11pm and I gotta wake up at 6! Anyway, I think it’s a beer companies building. Next to it, is what looks like… ‘kuso’. Anyway though, it was supposed to be upright originally I heard, but it was too dangerous so they tipped it over.

Ambulances drove by a few times because apparently some people were fainting because of the humidity.

Anyway. If you’re ever in Japan during the summer, check out the fireworks. I’m going to bed.

Mad Bank.

Sorry to bump the great picture-filled-bandwidth-hog of a journal entry for this stuff, but I just felt like writing.

I got paid finally. Having money is cool. Now instead of eating lunch at TGIF every day because I have an unlimited supply of coupons so that I can get lunch for 450 yen… I can actually chose what I eat.

Not only that, but on the way home, when I walk by all those vending machines, I can actually fork over 110 yen for a drink without breaking the bank.

My dictionary ran out of batteries last week, and now I finally have enough money to freakinf replace them. I just gotta get my butt down to the store.

I need to get a new wallet, because Japanese yen ‘D’ are taller than American dollars, and they currently hang out of my wallet and get damaged.

Heck, next time I buy a train pass I can buy one on a more direct route rather than taking the cheapest one I can find.

There are lots of things I want to buy, and having money is cool, because now I know that someday I can buy them! Now, you have to realize, that Ifm a pretty frugal usually. Okay, so Ifm a pretty stingy person. Still though. There are a few things I just wanna have.

I want a guitar! After I move. I know I want an acoustic one, but Ifm not sure if I want a classical guitar, or not yet.

I also want a Mac Ibook, or PowerBook. Those things are sexy. I wouldnft mind an i-pod, or something like it, to go along with it too.

I want a back pack from Silvermans. I heard from a friend that they make kick butt equipment for the British army. I like durable and waterproof thingsc

I also want to get those little vocab cards that Japanese tend to put on key rings and carry around all the time to study vocabulary with. I can get my train vocab building on with those things. Where do you get those anyway? I guess I could probably just make them if I had time…

What? You say I have to eat too? And pay rent? …Dang it!

Okay. Enough babbling. This weekend I’ll go see fireworks hopefully, and take pictures. For now… get back to the discussion boards.

Drive.

Ah, don’t worry. I wasn’t driving. Last time I tried that in Japan all my passengers feared for their lives…

This weekend I went out with a friend, and a bunch his friends, friends, friends, and stuff, and drove around all night. Good times.

We rented a ‘one-box’ car, which is a huge (for Japan) van that has a back that is about three tatami mats in area. We needed the big car because we had to help a friend move that day. Actually, that was the main purpose of this little adventure; the driving was because we had the car…

Finding our friends house proved to be quite the task. I think we were lost for more than an hour and a half. My friend Hiro tried to read the map, and drive, and ask people for directions, while I slept in the passenger seat.

We didn’t get going until about 2 o’clock in the morning. Because we are slackers.

The first place we arrived at was Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo. We arrive in time for the sunset, which was surprisingly early since it is summer. It was rising already at about 4am. We got a great view of it through this beautiful natural scenery… I mean… buildings.

Rainbow Bridge is a really nice piece of work, we eventually drove across it and also head over to ‘odaiba’, a nice area of town that also has the Fuji television building. Which I failed to get a picture of… I’m sure I’ll have other chances though.

One of our friends felt that he had to jump in the ocean. Psycho.


We finally went into Hibiya Park, which you can see pictures of in the gallery coming up in the next few days.

My cell phone died on me during that Sat-Sunday all-nighter. In Japan, not having a working cell phone be crippling. Normally the battery should last more than a couple of days without being charged, but I tend to do a lot of e-mail which drains the battery quickly.

Luckily, I stopped by an AU shop in the city and just asked if they would charge my phone. I heard that you could go to a convience store and they will zap your phone for you for just 300 yen, but, I don’t have 300 yen to spare at the moment. Actually, the AU shop has a ‘charge service’ that they provide. You just leave your phone with them for an hour or so, and come back to pick it up all healthy again. Remember that if you ever get stranded without power.

Cool.

Well. That’s that in a nutshell. I only got two hours of sleep from Sat-Sun… I’m freakin tired.

-Harvey

Assimilation brings your Happiness

Look. I know I’m not Engrish.com, but I just had to use this picture somewhere in the site…

Just in case… it says…

“We propose a new style for your everyday. A gift full of love and spiced with care. Sending you our joy. Assimilation brings your happiness a step closer.”

Yes. Assimilation brings your happiness a step closer.

In case anyone was wondering.

-Harvey

and Haruki

This entry will lacks pictures, so unless you enjoy reading my drivel, you might as well head straight to the lively discussion board. That’s the only thing *I* read on this site anyway.

Heh.

I just started working in Japan recently. Technically, I am working for an American company, but the section of this company I work for was just ‘recently’ (like, 3 or 4 years ago) acquired, and the original company was a totally Japanese one. I guess there have been a lot of changes since the old company was bought out, but a few things seem to me to be pretty Japanese.

Of course there are tons of Japanese employees, most of the emails fly around in Japanese, and other things, but a few things surprised me.

There is actually a smoking section on my floor of the office. Not like so you can just sit down and smoke while you work, but you can get up, go into a *tiny* little room, and smoke away as much as you want during the day. This room is actually a room connected to the ‘break/meeting’ room, so some of the stink leaks in to that room, but it’s not detectable in the office.

Hrm. I know there is a company in Japan with a no smoking policy… I thought it was called ‘Red Fox Inc.’ but I can’t find a link. I did find this however.

Another thing that caught me off gaurd at the office, is that we have all you can drink HOT green tea! Instead of a coffee maker, there is green tea at the push of a button. I thought I heard somewhere that green tea had more caffeine than coffee, but I guess not.

The office is also organized interestingly. It is just one incredibly wide floor, with lots of… cubicles? However, the partitions for the cubicles are all green (okay, I guess that’s not important) and the partitions are very, very low. There really isn’t any privacy there. I guess that it’s normal though. It isn’t quite like this, but you get the idea.

Ah yes. I’m also in the middle of reading a book my Murakami Haruki called Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I’m reading it in Japanese, and in English, one chapter at a time of each, so it’s taking me like months to finish… but my slow reading style is another discussion… anyway. The book is cool. Go read it.

Next time, I’ll take pictures of some summer fireworks gatherings in Japan. Fireworks are a big deal here… and I think these crowds might even rival the soccer match. Actually. I’m sure they will.