Land of the Boozing Fun

August 21, 2009

Like most summers in Japan, I’m spending my time alternating between drinking lots of beer, and then sweating it out again. Summer is a time of al-fresco imbibing in Japan, be it at a fireworks display, a beer garden, or a beach bar. But I thought I’d take some time out of my hectic schedule to offer up some boozy links from Japan.

Some Japanese folks take their alco-antics overseas. Japan Probe has posted a video of a report from Japan’s NTV about the Tsingtao Beer festival in China. Apparantly Asahi Beer is keen to expand into China, because China consumes more beer than any other country (most of the drinking being done by fat, shirtless men, if this video is anything to go by).

Meanwhile, 63 year old Prince Tomohiro (the emporer’s cuz’) is being treated for alcoholism in the imperial household hospital. It’s the third time the poor old fella’s been hospitalized for alcoholism.
Prince Harry is now seeing his future flash before his eyes!

“What Japan Thinks” has posted a survey about hangovers.
apparently 44.3% of Japanese people have thought “I’ll never drink again!” after waking up with a blinding hangover, while 21% have tried the “hair of the dog” technique of drinking more moonshine the morning after.

Also, there’s good news from “Musashino Musings”, – someone’s invented a magic beer glass that tells the waiter to bring more booze. That’s right, the brainiacs at Mitsubishi Electric have invented the “Intelligent Beer Glass”, which uses “wireless liquid level sensing glassware” to detect when you need a refill.
You need never be a “glass half-empty” kind of guy again.
It’s like a “magic porridge pot” for alcoholics. Just make sure nobody tells Prince Tomohiro!