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All the nonsense that can’t be categorised anywhere else

Who’s a galah then?

These galahs were sitting on the wire outside this afternoon.  This was the first wildlife test of my new camera zoom lens, which will have lots of wildlife to shoot soon. (more…)

Creative car parking solution

With car parking at a premium in Tokyo, and when you need to find a way to get your car out of the way, why not hoist it up so that you can use all the space underneath?  (more…)

Banana in a bag

My local supermarket sells single bananas, nicely wrapped up in plastic packaging.  This banana is labelled “プレシャス” (Precious).  (more…)

The min min sound of summer

One of the quintessential Japanese summer sounds is the cicada chorus coming from the greenery of the local park on a hot, humid day.  Ever wondered what the creatures that make that min min sound look like?  I got close enough to a cicada (semi 蝉) to find out that they’re not exactly tiny.  Nor are they the most beautiful of creatures to admire. (more…)

The Sound Princess

This is the Otohime (音姫), literally translated into English as the Sound Princess.  As a male, this is something that I’ve sometimes heard about, but rarely come across.  The Sound Princess inhabits women’s bathrooms in Japan, or in the case of a cafe I went to on the weekend, the unisex bathroom. (more…)

Happy Birthday Audrey!

My niece Audrey is 2 years old today!  Thanks to Skype, I joined her birthday celebrations this morning. (more…)

Fastidious face covers

This weekend I encountered another level of Japanese change room etiquette and a socially acceptable way of covering your face rolled into one. (more…)

Face masks web traffic spike

When I was in Melbourne last week, I distributed a few Japanese face masks to my friends – mainly to try and goad them into embarrassing themselves wearing them around town (and hopefully not set off any security alerts…).  (more…)

How to put on a kasa condom

When it rains in Japan, many shops expect people to slide their umbrellas into a plastic sleeve provided at the door, to stop puddles of water on the floor. (more…)

Japanese beer label research

I’ve been undertaking weeks of painstaking research.  We all know that Japanese beer is excellent.  One-by-one, I’ve been working through the different beers on sale in my local convenience stores.  This has been a long term project, which I realised I’d started when I looked at my collection of cans building up over time for recycling.  At first, the purpose was to try as many beers as possible, but I wasn’t going to be able to do a comparative taste test after drinking them days or weeks ago, so I turned to evaluating the labels instead.   (more…)