Super Chair

I recently went to a wedding, and afterwards there was a party at cafe style restaurant in a place called “ESPORE” in 白金高輪.

Anyway, forget about the party, but check this out.


How much does it cost?

Um. That’s about… oh.


The chair is aluminum (or some kind of metal), and has no seams. It is for sale at “ESPORE”.

I was gonna buy it with the loose change in my pocket… but then I decided not to.


Basketball in Japanese

It’s kinda funny how sometimes English based Katakana words can have compeltely different meanings in Japanese than they do in English.

For example… uhhh…. Umm… Anyway. Nothing comes to mind right now, but I recently went to a friends basketball tournament, and learned all these neat words below! Check it out.

  • Hoop = ゴール

  • Rim = リング

  • Backboard = ボード (バックボードは通じないみたい)
  • Brick = no word in Japanese!

  • Airball = ショート、ロングシュート

  • Lay-up = ドリブルシュート

  • ハイポ = It’s kinda the area where the point gaurd stands at the top of the key.

  • Interception = カット Like, ナイスカット! Works for steals too.

  • Referee = Ref = 審判 (しんぱん)

  • 一本! = 一本一本!
    (いっぽんいっぽん!) To encourage your team to make “just one basket!”

  • Wide Open = フリー 、空いている

  • マイボール = When play is stopped and your team claims that it’s your ball.

  • ドンマイドンマイ = Not especially basketball related, means “don’t mind”, you can say when someone makes a mistake, and you don’t want them to worry about it.

  • チェック = When defending a shot, ナイスチェック!

  • ナイスイン= Nice In! When your team is able to penetrate the defense.


Tebasaki – Nagoya

Among other things Nagoya is famous for its Tebasaki (手羽先). Tebasaki is a chicken wing. While tebasaki can be found in any Izakaya (居酒屋)in Japan really… in Nagoya it is especially loaded with pepper and spicy.

There is a store in Nagoya that is especially famous for Tebasaki called Furaibou (風来坊) in Sakae (栄). Here is a map.

At Furaibo, before you even have a chance to look at the menu the waitress will ask you two things. One, is the usual “What do you want to drink?” The second is, “How many servings do you want to start with?” 「何人前ですか?」 One serving of tebasaki is five chicken wings for 420 yen. I went with one other person and we could easily eat four servings, plus three other side dishes. Often times customers of Furaibou will only order a giant plate of chicken, and a beer to wash it down. Hearty…

Furaibo has one other dish that is interesting to try… Just to say you did it. There is a food called dojyou karage (どじょうの唐揚げ). It is a karage style fried fish… But this fish, dojyou, is apparently not eaten any other way… If at any other place. It is apparently the type of dirty fish that you can find swimming around in the bottom of a rice field or something.

There is a special way to eat tebasaki that Nagoya people have perfected. This will help you clean the bones without leaving any extra meat behind. Here is a simplified explanation.

Step 1: Hold Chicken.

Step 2: Break off top part.

Step 3: ???!
This is a mystery step, but there are two ways. One, you can stick the entire chicken into your mouth with holding onto the unbroken end and pull. Another method is to bend up the larger of the two bones, cleanly separating it from the chicken. Then, you can suck the meat off the smaller bone with ease.

Step 4: Clean bones!

There is another good place in Nagoya for tebasaki called Sekai no Yama-chan. I hear they have a shop in Tokyo which sells Nagoya style tebasaki as well.

For those in Osaka, there is a place called 「宝の蔵」”Takara no Kura” which apparently has Nagoya style tebasaki as well!