新年明けましておめでとうございます

Greeting the new year K-ON style

Diego happily wishes you all the best in the year ahead. ~(‾⌣‾~)

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Et hoc vobis signum…

…Inveniétis infántem pannis involútum, et pósitum in præsépio.

(From the Gospel according to St. Luke)

A very happy Christmas to you, gentle reader, as well as to your family and all your loved ones.

Sarang the Translator

Here’s our old The Return of Superman favourite, back as a guest for the show’s 4th anniversary.

Watch her in action as she effortlessly straddles the long-festering divide between Korea and Japan … by translating a conversation between Seoeon and her cousin Yume. (That bit starts from around 3:31 if you’d prefer to skip ahead.)

Ahh, if only peace treaties and international collaboration can be concluded over frozen treats in a convenience store. We’d save a fortune on gourmet catering and five-star hotels.

Cheerio.

Are you a Japanese museum featuring obscure subject matter that’s looking to raise visitor numbers and get rid of unsold past-exhibition catalogues? Here’s something worth looking into…

…because it’s a fact of life that people will visit something they’ve seen or heard about in a game.

And, as it turns out, they’ll buy the old stuff in your museum shop, too.

My brother’s been bugging me to get him one of these – and it’s not the new iPhone.

No, I’m talking about this.

And today, thanks to a brief note on the official site, I’ve learned that he’ll have to wait until next year to get one. (Assuming I manage to seize one of these from a store in Japan before they run out … again.)

Oh, happy solitude

Not everyone will view the trend described in this recent Japan Times article as positive, but I certainly think it’s an encouraging development.

After all, it’s no mystery – at least to those who know me – why I dine out at Ichiran so frequently whenever I holiday in Japan. (Here’s a review I wrote of one particular Ichiran branch; note that the seating arrangements described there are standard across their branches.) They’ve got delicious Hakata-style ramen, true enough. But more than that, the individual booth seats allow me to enjoy my meal in near-complete privacy, without having to look at another human being … or worry about anyone else looking at me.

As an incurably anti-social traveller, the prospect of being able to limit my interactions with the rest of humanity to the barest minimum is welcome news indeed. (^_^)

Darn it. One day too late.

My next holiday in Japan is supposed to begin on 30 September. One day too late, it seems, for me to experience this limited-time-only themed restaurant bus.

Not that I would’ve altered my bookings even if I’d known about it in advance, but still … darn it.

(Incidentally, I still haven’t seen the film, nor do I really plan to. But I’m still enough of an anime enthusiast to appreciate special events like this.)