Aonori, the Japanese Karaoke Song I Have to Learn!

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At the end of last year I had my first Bonenkai with the elementary school teachers and simply put it was a blast. It's always nice to relax with cool people, have good food, and do a some karaoke. This was the first time I've been to karaoke where there were no other English speakers and I really had a good time practicing my Japanese at the same time. It was a win win situation. During karaoke two of the younger teachers sang a song that I REALLY want to learn. The name of this song is Continue Reading …

Honda’s Asimo Robot, The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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I have a treat for you today!! I know I said I would finish my coverage of the the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, and in a way this is a a part of that. When I went to the Tokyo Motor Show 2012, I got an unexpected surprise at the Honda showcase area. Just after one of Honda's cool, yet upbeat presentations, I saw a little man, with a funny/cute walk, come to the stage. Upon closer inspection I realized that it wasn't a man at all but ASIMO, Honda's (dare I say the world's?) most advanced humanoid Continue Reading …

The Hakone Ropeway & Owakudani, The Great Boiling Valley

Owakudani from the Hakone Ropeway

The Hakone Ropeway (箱根ローウェイ) and The Great Boiling Valley (大湧谷) Hakone, Japan 2011 I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been on a ropeway, but getting a chance to in Hakone was refreshing way to see the landscape around me. I had heard about the ropeway and Lake Ashi tours before, and had even seen some pretty cool pictures of it. Some accounts say that if you go on the right day, the tour is amazing, while others say it can be a bit of a drag if it’s cloudy. A little birthday Continue Reading …

The Battle of the Ice Cream Shops: Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors vs. Cold Stone Creamery

The fight of the century!  B. Robbins vs. C. Stone. A 12-round battle to be settled in the Land of the Rising Sun!! on pay per view...

There’s no other way to say it...it’s hot! The heat and humidity actually provided me with the initiative to write a post listing 15 Ways to Beat the Japanese Summer Heat and Humidity. One of my favorites on that list was the ice-cream remedy.* I am a self-professing ice-cream lover and I know some of you reading this out there are, too (right Nanami? Roger? Ceci? Devin? ;) ). This wasn’t a Japan-induced thing either...I’VE ALWAYS BEEN AN ICE CREAM FAN! The vast majority of the time if I Continue Reading …

A Look Back At 50 Bad Video Game Voiceovers

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Did You See These? A long while ago my friend Abasa posted this link on his Facebook page and it became a running gag between my co-workers and I. We were trying to decide from this list, the best of the worst. I personally have to say numbers 46 (just because it's EXTREME overacting), 40 (just listen for yourself and you'll see why), 18, 16, 11, 9 (the actor seems to be having a tough time reading), and 3 made me laugh out loud. Dr. Light’s speech is pretty hilarious, too Continue Reading …