I finished watching the entire Densha Otoko series in the last couple of days and I really enjoyed it, although at some times it was definitely cheesy and overly dramatic. The show was based on a real story of an anime obsessed nerd (otaku) who's chivalry, albeit with shaking knees, saves a woman on a train from a drunken old pervert. She thanks him and asks for his address which he gives her and then he turns to a highly popular japanese message board for advice on what to do. The ensuing 10 episodes follow the young nerd as he is transformed from a geek rife with Ota reek, into a dashing and bumbling hero who wins the heart and hand of a "normal" woman.
About half way through the series he decides to part with his Otaku ways and become a "normal" person, which I thought didn't quite give a healthy message to people (you must have no personal identity!), but towards the end he realizes that he will always be an Otaku and hopes that his love will accept him for who he is, which she does.
I especially like the parts when he is conversing on the BBS in which he interacts with hundreds of people throughout japan and abroad including one of my favorite jp tv personalities Nasubi.
The show gives an interesting look into how the japanese public feel about nerdy people and how they are really shunned by society. It is interesting how nerds are treated differently in the US and how nerds have become somewhat cool in the last 10 years here. Here is a link to the bittorrent of the series (complete with english subtitles) if you are interested in checking it out. I guess there is also a movie out there somewhere which I'll have to check out as well.
The other day in my post about reality show deaths I mentioned the Japanese TV personality Nasubi who was basically kidnapped and locked in a room for a year without any clothes, money or food with his only means of survival being giveaway forms. Well I wanted to know what he was up to now so I emailed Ed Jacob who runs the site that had the Nasubi info on it and he told me he was in a Japanese TV Drama called Densha Otoko which actually sounds pretty cool. The show is about a shut in nerd from the Akihabara District of Tokyo who saves a woman on a train from being accosted by a drunk and in return she takes down his address, which is a first for the man who has never had a girlfriend his whole life. The story actually happened in real life and the otaku, Tsuyoshi Yamada, didn't know what to do so he posts his quandary to a huge internet discussion board and millions of people follow his courtship of the woman. It is actually pretty touching in a nerdy kind of way. Nasubi just has a cameo appearance in the show which is also a movie. I may have to download a few episodes and check it out.
Here are the links to my photo galleries from Japan that I took in 2003.
- Akihabara : Tokyo's Electronic Town
- blowfish dinner
- brees house
- bullet train
- club evo
- coin laundry gas station
- conveyor sushi
- earth simulator
- ebisu tower
- hk peak
- hong kong
- hotel sungarden dojima
- japan in transit
- kyoto temples
- local dive bar
- more shibuya
- my new technology
- nye evo osaka
- osaka taxi
- osaka technology district
- osaka whiskey bar
- simons pad ebisu
- streets of osaka
- tokyo with irma
Here is a link to the newly captioned photo album of the Akihabara District in Tokyo. I took them a couple of years ago on my trip to japan . There are 5 pages with 20 images per page.
I am currently folding the jp.eecue.com mini-site into eecue along with several other of my mini-sites. Each site will retain a unique design but will be part of the main eecue site. The articles will be integrated in to my main (b)log. Current links will still work.
On my last day in japan, after coming back from Hong Kong and staying up all night to ward off jet lag I made my journey by train to visit the World?s fastest supercomputer. I had emailed the general contact address before I left for Japan and I had tried to arrange a tour. I hadn?t heard back from my contact at the Japanese government run Earth Sciences Department, but finally in Hong Kong I got an email asking me when I could make it down. I told them that I would have maybe half an hour to visit with them while I was back in japan and that it would be cutting it very close.
At the end of my Japan trip, I was flown to Hong Kong for business. Our company just recently opened a branch in Asia for production. The production facility is over in the mainland of china in the special economic zone. We have a small office in a nice office building in Hong Kong that manages the production facility and is in charge of logistics.
more new pictures and two long articles are up on my jp site:
check it out here!!!!
I took the bullet train to Tokyo. It was an interesting trip and i enjoyed two japanese lunch boxes while i relaxed in a comfortable chair. My lunch boxes consited of osaka style sushi which is sushi that is formed into rectangles. When i arrived in Tokyo i jumped on the orange train and rode it to the Ebisu station. It was pretty painless and i had no trouble finding the station thanks to the english/japanese digital displays on the top of each door. Once i arrived at Ebisu i called my contact Irma. She said to look for a short hispanic girl dressed in brown. i told her to look for the biggest gaijin she could find and that would be me. I saw her walking between the moving sidewalks and i bowed and handed her a gift of mochi and bean candies.
Last night i left the comfort of Bree-chan's japan. Bree was an amazing guide and a generous host. Our exploits ranged from the ancient Temples of Kyoto to the shores of Kobe. What made my time with Bree special was the fluency in japanese that bree posesses. Her perfect grasp of the Kansai dialect allowed her an inside view into the culture of japan. It all culimnated on the last day of my time with bree. We went to her favorite bar in the small farming village she lives in.
here is the number:
just remember the 17 hour time difference!
I'm here in Osaka... i spent most of today wandering around alleys of the city... everytime i look up i am reminded of Lain. Today as well as the next two days are the biggest holiday of the year so just about everything is closed... everything except food stands and arcades... and this internet cafe that i'm in now... go figure.
i played some pachinko. i also played a really cool first person shooter called World Battle. This is very cool and i was doing pretty good... i even attracted a bit of a crowd. Although i did end up spending about 1000 Yen on it... which is about 10 bucks.
Last night (New Years Eve) I went to a party in Osaka at club evo. It was pretty fun. When i first arrived i heard drum'n'bass playing so i happily paid my 30,000 ¥ ($28) and went down stairs. Unfortunatly the dnb was only playing in the front room and nobody was dancing. oh well i still had fun and met a bunch of cool japanese people. i also danced my ass off... more than i had danced in about a year... and it was to techno hahah.
My hotel is very nice and pretty much western... although it has a bidet and a really deep shower... but at least i have my own bathroom.
today for lunch i had my favorite... Tako Yaki .... mmmm good stuff! it's a little chunk of octopus inside a tasty dumpling cover with sweet sauce, mayo (eww i could have done without the mayo) and bonito (dried fish flakes) it appears to be alive because the bonito writhes in the heat.
i was really hoping to find a wireless network that was open so i could surf for free... but all the wireless networks i found that were open, assigned me an ip and then had no route to the internet.
I have uploaded all the pictures i've taken so far and they can be found here:
yes i did a whole site just for my journey.
enjoy the pics.
updates to follow...
As you all know I'm going to japan this morning. I will be there for over two weeks. I plan to take at least 200 pictures daily. I will be trying my best to upload them every day.
Due to the large volume oh photos i will be uploading ... i set up a whole seperate site just for them.
Along with my photos I will be posting in the forums.
I want to wish you all a happy new year and thank you for pitching in to buy our own server. It's good to have this site be self sufficient.
One of the main reasons I am going to Japan is to enjoy the most wonderful food on the planet. Japanese food is the finest, most delicate and delicious sustanance ever concocted. It combines all my favorite things and creates things you would never even consider eating if it weren't there in front of you.
Here is a photo journey into what i will be eating:
I have selling a bunch of my stuff that I don't really need anymore. Check out all auctions and bid on them if you see anything interesting!
osaka (i'll be there for three days (new years eve day, new years day and the next day)
then on to a suburb of kyoto where i will stay with bree for a week in her place there. that will be the best part of my vacation and actually the whole point of my visit really.
then on to tokyo where i will stay for the final week of my trip. i plan on buying a nice older laptop (maybe 3 years old) as well as a smart card writer (usb) and maybe a little music playing device of some sort,
i plan on bringing $1000 for food, $1000 for lodging and $1000 for toys.