Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
I clicked-into this post (The Electronic Bath Water Cleaner) on Engadget today and it inspired me to write this post for PalmIt.com. The Japanese do a lot of things differently than we do – that’s expected, it’s an ancient culture. Some of the things they do differently just make sense in a "why didn’t I think of that" kind of way. For example, they almost always bathe at night – not in the morning like we do here in the States. Your typical Japanese bathroom features a shower and a tub but the tub isn’t used for bathing, it’s used for soaking after the shower. The bath water is used by the whole family before it’s drained and replaced – the Japanese are very good at recycling just about everything. Modern Japanese bathrooms are very high-tech – TOTO is the dominant brand. The tub water is automatically kept at a specified temperature and sometimes there are even monitoring stations throughout the house that let the occupant know when the tub is ready.
The whole bathing at night thing made a lot of sense to me so I’ve been bathing at night since I returned from Japan and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner. Oh – and the toilet is usually in a totally different room which also makes a lot of sense to me. More at japan-guide.com – the Japanese bath.
I spent some time in Japan recently and while I was there I had the chance to see 1st hand the popularity of all things anime. The stores are filled with merchandise based on popular anime series. When I was a kid I loved the Macross series so I really got a kick out of looking through all of this stuff – I even bought a Gundam Fix Figuration model (similar to the one pictured on the left) to display in my office.
Female figures (like the one pictured below) are even more popular than the mechanized (robotic) figures – very serious looking Japanese business men spend more time than they should browsing the aisles at the local hobby/toy stores for the latest GoodSmile (great pictures) collectible – it’s a little odd but you’ve got to give the manufacturers props for attention to detail, the models look great. All of these models are from cartoons that both kids and adults watch.
Danny Choo spends a lot of time taking macro shots of his collection – it’s worth a look if you have any interest at all in the mechanized or female anime figures. You can also see quite a few pictures of these figures on Flickr.
Apologies, this post is a little off the tech topic but Gundam and Japanese anime are both popular with the Geek Squad so I took a chance on it. Most of this stuff is available in the U.S. if you look around a bit but it tends to be on the expensive side – a Gundam figure will cost you about $70 and the selection here is poor relative to what you can buy in Japan – the female figures are even harder to find.
I thought it would be a good idea to podcast some of my thoughts on my recent trip to Japan before I lose track of the details. So here we go, my 2nd podcast.
I recently made my 1st trip to Japan and had an amazing time. My family and I spent two weeks in the Yokohama and Tokyo area: exploring, eating fine food, and catching up with family and friends. If you’re interested, you can take a look at some of the pictures I took during our stay by clicking on the adjacent Flickr badge. Podcast or blog post discussing the trip coming soon. Really, I had an amazing time and just fell in love with the place.
Day 6 of our 13-day Japan trip and we’ve been busy. All of the walking and back and forth on the train between Yokohama and Tokyo is tiring us out so we spent most of the day today tooling around in Kikuna – visiting a local park and stuff like that. I spent the day yesterday in Tokyo visiting Akihabara – electronics central. Akihabara was amazing – I’ve never seen so many gadgets in one place before. We also spent some time in Ginza at the Sony Building. To top-off the day we travelled to Shibuya to see the nightlife – Shibuya is a supper popular shopping and entertainment center – kind of like Times Square in New York.
Day 2 here in Japan and we’re having a great time. We went into Tokyo last night for a family reunion and the train ride alone was totally amazing. I don’t really have a lot of time to write a detailed post at this point – just wanted to let everyone know that we’re OK and having an amazing time.
I’m in the air somewhere over the Pacific on my way to Japan – flying at 575MPH. We’re flying NorthWest airlines and the trip has been pretty good so far – especially considering that my wife and I are travelling with our two small children. This is the 1st time (that I can remember) I’ve flown NorthWest and the service and accomodations have been excellent so far. An Aibus A330 with all of the modern gadgets, include AVOD, is taking us to our destination.
We’re flying into Narita and should arrive on the 25th around 4pm – we left on the 24th around 12pm PST. From Narita we’ll be driving over to Yokahama to stay in a home with some family friends.
More to come.
I’m off to Japan next week (Yokohama and Tokyo) for some fun – I’m really looking forward to the trip. This will be my first visit to Japan and there are lots of things I want to see and do. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to think about the trip at all so I’m going without an itinerary. I’m planning to take lots of pictures and I hope to keep some light blogging up while I’m there.
Place I’d like to see:
Things I should do:
I really should spend some more time thinking about this but then again it might be fun to just go. I’ll have people with me that have spent a lot of time in Japan so I think I’ll just go along for the ride and see what happens. Just being in Japan will be adventure enough. Can’t wait to see the gadgets!