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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

One Mo day

Quick Update,


Last day of Movember so putting a quick update!  Its getting trickier to update consistently now since a) i'm doing a lot more things b) i'm getting lazy!  Anyway here is my latest Movember pic, cant wait to cut it off tho, face fuzz is too bushy!!


New HQ


New accomodation
I've moved into new accommodation temporarily.  This is due to the fact that my old place was fully booked when it came to extend!  The new place is an actual hotel room.  It looks a lot more swisher than the old place and someone cleans the room every day! I even get my very  own pjs 

Sporting Hotel PJ
However it is smaller and doesnt have a kitchen so only take away for me for the next couple of days which is not too good on the wallet :(  Also apologies about going on about the toilet but the new one is missing the the bidet buttons and there is no cool recycle water tap at the top ! 



Internet Palace 


Japan is known for being technological advanced and when it comes to internet cafes its no different. My vision of England is a former newsagent converted into a room with computers.  Manly frequented by foreigners, the internet cafe is decor is nothing to write home about  and additional services include printing scanning and maybe a cup of coffee.  Now let me introduce you the internet cafe a la  japan style!



Mainly Japanese people use them, smoking and no smoking computers, all equipped with webcam, headphones and lamps.  Free drinks available from vending machine, extensive comic, music and DVD library, internet rooms with sofas, private rooms for couples, business and for multiple people, PS2 and games avaliable to play, shower and sauna(apparently)opened 24 hours and looks like what a internet cafe should look like





   .  You can even order food from local restaurants and cafes such as subway, yoshinowa within food outlet opening hours(a new addition since the last time I went).  It is the ultimate internet experience and I would wonder how it would fare if the UK was to adopt a similar blueprint.




Japanese word of the day - Sukareta -Tired

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Settling in Japan

One Mo time!
Its now November to be more precise it is Movember!  Movember is a big thing in the UK but is a bit of a unknown entity in Japan!  I think a reason may be that Japanese are not that known to growing facial hair.  For all that don't know Movember is a month-long awareness- and fundraising event, targeting men's health in general.  I've decided to do my bit and grow my tash! 



Japan Ways 

Crossing the road in Japan is a fascinating social  observation!  I am deadly serious -well from a British perspective.  Firstly a jaunty tune plays at traffic lights whenever it is fine to cross.  I know there are a number of tunes that can play (no singing just instrumental)  but I am yet to find out if its just random or if its for a particular time of day or day of the week etc.  Secondly    Japanese people have no problems crossing at the middle of a road if the road is empty.  However when at a pedestrian crossing the rules change.  If the red man is showing people will not cross.  Even if there is nothing but clear daylight on the roads the majority of Japanese will not budge.  Actually it can be 2am in the morning, only thing is on the streets is naughty intentions and they will still wait until the green man appears.
Green man

Red Man

"Who would live....in a house like this,? D its over to you.."

A couple of people have queried about my apartment so I thought I will give information on my humble abode.
Ok this is the view when opening the front door.  The apartment has a Tatami floor therefore i have to wear take my trainers off and wear special shoes inside the apartment.  If you look to the left there is my kitchen

As you can see its very very small!  Only the one hub, but the apartment is fully furnished and comes with cutlery, pots and pans.

Opposite the Kitchen is the bathroom.  Again small and compact but has every thing you need in a bathroom plus athe kick ass toilet!


As you can see there are a number of buttons on the side.   You can control the seat temperature when you are upon the throne, there is a bidet and bum shower button (not to sure of the difference) that shoots out warm water(no homo) to clean your backside once you have finished dropping your business.  Also I think there is a pressure sensor on the seat which will cut the spray once you have abdicated the throne!  Bathroom came with shampoo shower gel and bog roll too!


Now you come inside the main room which is the bedroom/study room and dining room.







As you can the room comes equipped with a decent size bed,TV,fridge with freezer, Microwave, toaster above the microwave, study table chest of drawers, wardrobe, foldable chair.

And just further on is my balcony and the view from it



 I think this is a pretty sweet apartment, Just under £700 but comes fully furnished and includes all utilities and Wired internet.


Ok thanks again for stopping by, please comment, make suggestions and I hope you enjoy!  Peace

Japanese word of the day - Mimi -Ears

Friday, 5 November 2010

Living La Vida Fukuoka

Hello and welcome to another excerpt from my adventure out in Japan!  Let me start off with a few announcements.  First of all I have pictures! Woohoo!  Technical hitch has been corrected and visuals will now be contained in the blog!! Secondly thank you for all your comments and feedback even ones from Philip(I said you would get a mention on this one!)  They are all appreciated and if there any major ones I will try to address them.    Let  me clarify tho, this will only be a snippet of my time in Japan,  there has been so much I have done already that it would take forever to write down everything that occurred.  This would mean I would miss out on other experiences writing this.  Also I only say the nationality of a person I meet in my travels if they are not Japanese. It was commented in the second blog that I was only mixing it with Europeans and just speaking English.  The commenter failed to realise that there I’m in Japan so im going to mixing it with the majority of the population - who happen to be Japanese,  therefore the club owner, doorman were Japanese.  The breakdancers and people rapping were Japanese, the people I had a battle with were Japanese., the person I ordered food at the McDonalds was Japanese etc etc.  I thought this was obvious but maybe I may have to start adding (this person Japanese) to my tales!:P


The final announcement is that I have a twitter feed courtesy of Pan.  You can follow me @OnlyDBrave_jp and this will give you the chance to follow what I do while waiting for the next blog update.   You can also follow Pan, the guy who started me blogging and social networker extrodinaire @champsak.  


But wait there is more!  There is also a Only D Brave.jp fan page which will include blog and twitter updates plus exclusive content including  the tons of pictures that don’t make it to the blog.


Life in Fukuoka
I’m currently residing in what is referred to over here as a weekly mansion.  A picture of my apartment block is shown below( the one with the green sign on top).
This type of accommodation is perfect for short to medium type stays.   They are usually cheaper than hotels and are like mini-apartments.  You get your own bed, kitchen(very compact) bathroom (with toilet with heated seat and bidet and bottom cleaner function) As well as this utilities plus internet are included and it comes equipped with tv, fridge+freezer, microwave, toaster , cutlery and pots and pans.  You can hire it for on a daily, weekly, monthly or even annual rate.  The two receptionist ladies are one of the sweetest and most polite people I have met in  Japan, super enthusiastic, helpful and always have a smile and a greeting for me when they see me.  Also the night porter that I encountered on my first night in Fukuoka is a friendly chap.  When I saw him again two evenings later he apologised for the mixup on the night of my arrival.


Location
My apartment is in a prime location.  I reside in Tenjin and its a 5 min walk to the subway station, 10 minutes to the bus terminal train station and 2 parks and a 15 minute stroll to the hub where the major retail shop restaurants and clubs are.  

   





By the way can you guess what the train station is called… Fukuoka station???!!!  That I will not understand about Japan, calling two stations by the same name!!!  




During my time in Japan I will have to go back to that first Fukuoka train station and spend some time there.  I feel obligated since now I have a connection with it, a bond  borne out of stress confusion and unnecessary travelling!



Halloween!
Halloween in Japan is a bigggg deal!  Young and old (Japanese people) go all out in Halloween in Fukuoka.  As well as shops going majorly overboard with the decorations and outfits, they also hold a Halloween parade which occurred on the Sunday (31st Oct) this year.  Nearly every person I met since arriving in Fukuoka talked in some way or form about Halloween and what costume they were looking or had bought.


Since all the talk of dressing up, I decided to join in the tradition and go for a budget outfit for two reasons.  One I wasn’t prepared to spend money on a expensive outfit that I would only wear annually and secondly I needed something simple that I could throw away, or wouldn’t mind losing or throwing it away.  After looking at a couple of possible outfits in the stores I found myself in the 100 yen store.  Which is just like the £1 shop but of course cheaper.  Looked at their set Halloween costumes - nothing special at all.  Then I stumbled upon a epiphany .   I knew what I wanted to go as.  Purchased some skull wooden pegs, a skull wristband , some skull sticker tattoos, a Christmas hat all for 400 yen (3 English pounds).   All I needed was a mask to complete the outfit.  Went to the Loft (department store) to purchase a scary mask, however as you can imagine sat evening , store was packed with fellow last minute Halloween shoppers and a lot of the best masks had gone.  When I thought all hope had gone, I looked up at one of the displays. There was a red goblin mask on a dummy head.  I looked closer and saw that there was a price tag still on it.  Checked through my ethical databanks to see if it would be ok to take this from the dummy head, the search came back a resounding yes and there I had the final piece to my outfit!
Happy with my purchases I went home to nap before the events of the evening.  Woke up after a couple of hours took a showers and put on my Halloween outfit complete with red Russian coca cola shirt!  If you are still unaware, my outfit was Bad Santa!  I thought it was very clever but learnt that night that not many people had seen the film so I had a lot of Grinch guesses from people!


I hit Cream first, bar owned by Jay and My.  Free entry and very warm place with great decorations and friendly people.  Got into a not a dance battle more like a dance rivalry (Japanese people Philly) This time it was evenly matched possibly I was just edged out by one of the guys but it was good times.  Tried to get into Fubar owned by Jody but it was jammed packed.  The club was on the fourth floor but there were queues all the way to the ground floor so I put that on standby and went to Club X instead.  There I witnessed a sight that shook me to my very core.  I know this may sound controversial , racist and un- PC but damn it im gonna say it anyway.  I saw with my very two eyes a black American girl who…. Had no rhythm!! Now usually I’m not a dancing snob but I have always held the now misguided notion that all black American  girls could dance.  Maybe I had been watching too many rnb and rap music videos!  Halloween in Japan has opened my eyes to this and I will not make this mistake ever again!  After seeing this I went back to fubar where it was slightly less packed.  From then I spent my night rotating between three spots Cream, Club X and Fubar.   Costumes encountered on the night ranged from Superman, Gundamn, Vegeta, schoolgirl, wonder woman, witches, incredible, samurai, nurses, Sarah Palin and Obama!  Btw i dont think there is any pictures of my costume because I lost that damn mask halfway through the night.  In a club dancing and wearing a mask doesn't work, next year i will stick to face paints!


Ok thanks again for stopping by, please comment, make suggestions and I hope you enjoy!  Peace!!!


Japanese word of the day - Donata -Who?



Japanese word of the Day - Doko