反戦争

Anit-War Demo’s

Everyday it seems that I read in the paper that some thousands of people gathered in a busy part of town that I usually hang around in…

But some how manage to -always- miss these…

I ran into this small demonstration in Shinjuku last weekend however. There were less than 20 demonstraters, but they were able to draw a decent crowd. There were lots of people just standing around staring at them…

These people were lying on the street with signs stating that they killed in the war. Protesting the loss of innocent lives.

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Here is a demo I saw at Shibuya today. I wonder how long things will continue. Something tells me the war won’t be over anytime soon…

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Sendai…

Last weekend I took a short trip up to Sendai.

I made the mistake of traveling during ‘ohigan?’, I had never heard of this holiday before. It is the time when everyone returns to their hometown to do ‘ohaka maeri’, where you go around and visit the graves of your family members and such. Lots of people leave from Tokyo at this time. The Shinkansen was packed, I had to stand for 2-3 hours all the way to Sendai. Ouch.

The trip was normal and everything, the usual gyuu-tan (cow tounge) and sight seeing that people tend to do when they go to Sendai, but one thing surprised me.

In a small, small trainstation in north Sendai, the station was getting ready to protect itself against terrorism…

I find that quite odd. I mean. Come on, it’s Sendai. What could possibly happen up there? Ah well.

There is also a bus in Sendai for tourists that runs around the whole city every 30 minutes from morning until 4pm. Very convenient.

Too bad it’s packed like a mother at all hours of the day…

I stayed at a youth hostel called Douchuan. Great place. mdchachi mentioned it to me a while back, highly recommended! When you get to Sendai the information booth in the train station will know it by name.

Compa

I attended my first, true, Japanese ‘compa’ a few weeks ago. I had heard about the compa, in which a group of guys, and a group of girls who don’t necessarily know each other, get together over dinner and drinks for a speedy match making session, but this was the first time I was able to attend one myself.

From what I had heard, the closest thing we have to a ‘compa’ in the states is a blind date, however, those are usually one-on-one from what I can remember.

I was invited by a Japanese friend at work, and that friend also invited one of his lady friends from another company. True to compa tradition, my friend invited 3 of his guy friends, and the girl that he knew invited three of her girlfriends to the event.

The party was scheduled to start at 8:30pm, the girls arrived at 9:00pm. I was told this is a normal thing. The slackers. Everyone arrived, and the seating was carefully arranged such that a guy and girl were facing each all the way down the table.

Like this…

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The evening started with a ‘kampai!’ (Glass clanging ‘cheers’ in Japanese) and then self introductions that felt strangely similar to the opening of a job interview. After the introductions were over, ‘free talking’ time began, and we were able to explore each others personalities as we wished.

After some time, we had a ‘sekigae’, a seat change, we all got up and switched seats, so that we could all have a chance to talk to as many people as possible.

At the end of the party, one of the guys in the group was assigned to organize the next gathering, with the same members if possible. Eventually the hope is that we will all become great friends and start dating or something.

The whole thing felt a little bit too forced for me at first, but, I can understand how kompa could be necessary in Japan. Even though Tokyo is an incredibly populated city, I would venture to say that it is very rare for Japanese to speak to strangers. Even if there is a rare event where two strangers meet, I would say that the chances of them meeting again are slim.

The kompa allows friends to be made, and helps protects young women from the dreaded ‘omiai kekkon’ (arranged marriage).

I wanna go again.

New Server – Mess!

New Server!

Cheaper Hosting!

Thanks Pair. http://www.pair.com

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Sorry for the uber-mess guys. I need to fix the links and everything. Chaos chaos! In Japanese. We call this… “mecyakucya” めちゃくちゃ。

Hrm. I need to fix this. Yes. That’s the ticket.

You guys should be able to go play on the new discussion board at…

http://216.92.103.130/phpBB2/

I’ll get a link up there as soon as I get my head on straight again!

Man. This is nuts.

Does anyone here know how to customize the look and feel fo phpBB? Teehee.

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Ah. Figured some of it out. Since I’m a slacker. I completely forgot to transfer over my cascading style sheets files… that was screwing up all the fonts… also, some of my php includes were missing too, screwing up my menus… Hrm. but not quite done yet. What a mess :-)

Let this be a lesson to everyone. Moving your website to a new server is not something to be done while slacking.

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Ah. Figured it out even more. I had moveable type outputting to index.html… it should have been index.php. Whoops. The phpincludes for the menu and cheesy news section won’t work if it’s an html file. Oops. Anyway. Fixed.

Whew. What a pain!

-Harvey