Booze-Themed iPhone Game!

May 31, 2009

A reader has written to me to me, who’s created a mad “drinking simulation game” called “Get Dirk Drunk”, for the iPhone and iPod Touch, in both English and Japanese, no less, (Dirk’s called “Hebereke-kun” in Japanese). It’s quite simple and addictive- you have to shake a cocktail and pour it down a guy’s throat, and watch him get rat-arsed and puke everywhere. Sort of like Pac-Man for alcoholics. Fun for all the family!

Here’s a website about it: in English and Japanese, and an iTunes link. (It costs $0.99 or 115 yen.)

It’s worth checking out for a giggle. Good for breaking the ice at parties, between knocking back the cocktails yourself.

Simulated Booze Experiences!

May 27, 2009

Japan Marketing News. has some intriguing alcohol-related stories lately.
Perhaps the nation has been seized by alcoholic guilt, because there are a number of new products which simulate the experience of boozing, without any actual alcohol being involved.

Kirin has recently launched a beer called “Kirin Free”.
“Free beer?!” you cry, drooling like dogs. “This is the best news ever!”
Nope, I’m afraid it’s alcohol-free beer, with 0% alcohol in it, which is the opposite of good news (unless you’re the designated driver.)

Still, the taste of beer, alcoholic or not, is enough to make me relax, so it’s not all bad. In fact, the mere sound of a can of beer opening is enough to bring a smile to my face. And it appears beloved toymakers Bandai intend to capitalize on this simple pleasure, by releasing “Mugen (endless) Can Beer”, a novelty toy which simulates the sensation of opening a can of lager.

They come out in June, priced 819 yen.
So now all my friends know what to expect for Christmas this year.

Clearly it’s a good month for virtual drinking experiences. We have the senses of taste and sound covered by Kirin Free and Mugen Can Beer respectively, and it seems the sense of smell is also catered for:
If these kind of non-alcoholic antics are your thing, you can now try Spavino, a new liquid bath salt which contains wine.

Japan already has hot springs which smell of red wine, and now you can have the same experience in the comfort of your own home. It’s available in both red and white wine varieties, and leaves you stinking like a wino.
So, that’s the GF’s Christmas present taken care of, too.

I tell you, reading about all this booze-fakery has left me thirsting for a drink!

Jamaiican Fest 2009

May 11, 2009

This weekend I went to the Jamaiican festival in Tokyo’s Yoyogi park, featuring a live Reggae Soundsystem, live painting, stalls selling Jamaiican jewelry and garments, and lots of food stalls (with long queues). I ate jerk chicken and drank Red Stripe and Hemp beer. It was fun but the expected haze of marijuana smoke was conspicuously absent! Here are some photos taken by my mate, Frank.

While I’m on the subject of Jamaiica, I’ve discovered an entertaining blog by a Japanese girl in Jamaiica. That must be one hell of a culture clash! But the girl seems streetwise and well equipped to deal with any problems over there. Here’s a typical extract:

A man who comes up and says “You come here for big anaconda,eh?” Do you find him appealing? He is just mocking you. So whenever someone says this to me, I stare at his crotch, put my hand on my hip and say “Im dead or wha? Mi no see notten between yu leg! Though mi see dem big one inna Japan” and walk away. This anaconda talk is not a come on. It’s funny though.

Check out the link here: Weh Miss Chin Seh?

G-Funk Salaryman Rapping about Booze

May 11, 2009

Here’s a cool video that was posted on JapanSoc. JapanSoc
It’s an advert for Jinro features a salaryman rapping over some smooth G-funk, about the South Korean soju, Jinro.

The Pros and Cons of “Yaeba” Teeth

May 11, 2009

I’ve received an email from a girl asking me to post my opinions on “yaeba” (as did every other Japan blogger, evidently!) This is when a girl has an extra tooth growing out of her gum, otherwise known as the “snaggletooth,” and it’s considered very cute in Japan. The lady in question has written an English blog entry about it here.

I can take or leave the yaeba teeth. I think the bikini-clad girls in this yaeba slide-show I’ve been directed to are attractive in spite of rather than because of their chompers, but I certainly wouldn’t tell any of them to piss off to the dentist if they asked me on date.

Nice… er… teeth!

I’m not a body fascist or anything, and I think such quirks can add character to a face. Thomas Hardy wrote in “Tess of the D’urbervilles” something like “it was the touch of the imperfect upon the perfect that gave Tess her beauty,” regarding a mole on her face, and this thinking can be applied to Yaeba teeth. And, perhaps, when you discover an incredibly sexy girl has a snaggletooth, she instantly seems more attainable, unlike an airbrushed magazine model.

As a Brit, I’m less sensitive to dodgy dentistry than North Americans.
And, to be honest, I’m more concerned with other areas of the body! You don’t need to look at the mantlepiece when you’re stoking the fire. Ahem.
Mind you, one of those vampire fangs could do some serious damage in the trouser department. (Come on, I quoted Thomas Hardy, so I’ve earned the right to a dick joke!)

Final thought: Having a girlfriend with “yaeba” teeth would be useful when you can’t find the tin opener.