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Posted by dailybento on January 26, 2011 at 12:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Look, it's time to get this peach back on track. I must be the poorest blogger in the history of blogging, but surely I can manage to squeeze something out at least once a week, right? I'm not that blog-constipated am I? Well, possibly.

Since we came back from our holiday up north, it's been so tough to get back into normal life. I MISS HOLIDAYS!!! Anyway, we are in our final stretch in Okinawa now. Only about 6 months left, and then we say goodbye. I'll try to stay on top of this blog ...

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ダーリンは外国人 (My Darling is a Foreigner)

Posted by dailybento on March 30, 2010 at 2:14 AM Comments comments (1)

We recently saw this movie, based on a very popular manga by Saori Oguri, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's the true story of bridging the cultural boundaries between a Japanese woman, Saori, and her American boyfriend Tony. Other than the obvious relation my wife and I felt towards the characters, it was well written, well filmed, the characters were very realistic, and it portrays true elements of Japanese culture with purity. Although at times Tony looked all too angel...

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Scary Bunny

Posted by dailybento on April 6, 2009 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

It just is this weird over here. This video is from a new series called UsaVitch, and it ultimately stars a psychotic, hyper-aggressive rabbit who is in jail, and his apparently happless, room mate who is just trying to stay out of the firing line while the nutter bunny uses all manner of sadistic means to get well-deserved revenge on the wardens of the jail. The latter of which, who appear to be just a series of doors with eyes. I'm sure it's got deep metaphysical meaning, but it certainly d...

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Japanese Darth Vader

Posted by dailybento on March 28, 2009 at 9:37 PM Comments comments (1)

This one keeps me entertained time and again!


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The World of Golden Eggs

Posted by dailybento on March 28, 2009 at 7:53 PM Comments comments (1)

In lieu of a decent introduction (which will be filled in soon) let me just say that this TV program is one of the funniest things that I have ever seen come out of Japan, and this episode is my favourite! Enjoy!


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And today's Japanese lesson:


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Cat in a bag

Posted by dailybento on March 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (0)


Oh boy, this is too funny! At first the cat is in a bit of trouble, but then he is happy just cruising around the house with a bag on his head! One very bored cat! Shot in Japan, by the way.

Japanese Music

Posted by dailybento on March 28, 2009 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been a fan of Japanese music for quite some time, but one of my favourite artists is a sinder called Otsuka Ai. I first started to really like her when I was in Nagoya for a night. We went to karaoke at 8.30am on a freezing Nagoya morning because it was so cheap at that time of day, and a couple of the girls we were with sang a song by Otsuka Ai. The backdrop to the words, on the screen, was the real video clip to the song. It was just so bizarre and unusual that I started listening to h...

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So far so good.

Posted by dailybento on March 25, 2009 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (0)

Ok, so the rumours prove to be unfounded so far, but it's only been a week so far with the new computer. Keep you posted. Anyway, after being prompted to do so I am attempting to make regular updates on my blog. Coming soon will be a bit about studying Japanese in Okinawa (probably applicable in most place) and hopefully a full feature article on WEINERS! That's right, how excited are you right now?!?


This weeks adventures include my trip to the Dentist today....

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Oh dear, PLEASE let the rumours be wrong!

Posted by dailybento on March 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM Comments comments (1)

Yup, after the hot Okinawan heat finally left my laptop as a sorry heap of plastic and circuitry I finally got around to ordering a new laptop. It is a laptop that fits my needs, fits my work bag, fits my vanities, and surprisingly enough, also fits my budget, however, it is also a laptop that has received a strew of complaints and criticisms. It's the Dell 1330, and has been criticised for, above all things, apparen...

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Slippery roads, soggy students, sloppy civil servants

Posted by dailybento on March 5, 2009 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

As the seasons roll on from one to another, we enter what is for many just another, and for some the first real, rainy season. It’s a time when students come into school looking like drowned rats and proceed to strip off all manner of clothing to leave it to dry across the back lockers. It’s a time when one is likely to hear the clumping of a dozen clumsy baseball students pounding up and down the school stairway becau...

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Okinawan Zen Driving

Posted by dailybento on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you refuse to feel the flame it cannot burn you.


If you refuse to accept the water it cannot drown you.


If you refuse to acknowledge the pain it cannot stumble you.


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Driving in Okinawa: and update

Posted by dailybento on March 5, 2009 at 9:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Have the long hours sitting at your desk got you worn out?


Need to have a change of pace? Something completely original?


Well why not try the new craze that’s taking Okinawa by storm!


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First Impressions: Driving in Okinawa

Posted by dailybento on March 2, 2009 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)
Well, thanks for all the well-informed advice that we’ve received recently about driving in Okinawa, but as far as I can tell, if there is such a thing as a Japanese road code, then Okinawan drivers have a very loose understanding of it. Maybe down here the road rules are considered inappropriate, or even antisocial, because Okinawan traffic appears to be a life-force unto itself. 
The traffic here seems to live as a slow, ...
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