Here’s a fake horror movie trailer I made with some friends for shits and giggles.
It’s highly amateurish but was good fun to make!
There’s another new comic on Little In Japan. This time, Dave’s mundane existence in Japan gets a little bit shittier than usual.
Read more here:
A nicely-named bar in Sannomiya, Kobe.
Hi, pals. Since this blog seems to get more traffic now than when I was actually writing it, I may as well start posting again. One afternoon a couple of weeks ago, 63,000 people checked out a story I wrote 3 years ago. It’s a bit like everyone buying Amy Winehouse’s records after she died. Well, I’m back from the grave!
I really should overhaul the look of this blog sometime soon, as well. The site is starting to look like some kind of archaic cyber-relic, like Friendster. Anyway, I’ll try updating a few times a week from now on, starting with a random assortment of booze-related bits and pieces below:
First off, the guys at Bridges (a weekly showcase of single content creators and their content) have kindly made a vlog about this very site. Check it out here. Very nice of them!
Next up, a friend of mine sent me a link to this epic list of brew pubs in the Tokyo and Yokohama area. As a lover of lager, ale, and stout, there are plenty of places on the list to help me further expand my gargantuan beer belly. I can definitely recommend Popeye’s in Ryugoku, which has over 70 beers on tap. I go there so often that the beer-bloat makes me comparable to the neighbourhood sumo wrestlers. The Aldgate in Shibuya is another of my regular haunts (they also sell amazing Cornish pasties), and the Thrash Zone is a really welcoming heavy-metal beer bar in Yokohama.
Also, I’ve only just noticed that CNNGO has been publishing lots of informative drinking-related articles in recent months, so I thought I’d post a couple here:
Here’s a helpful piece about the etiquette of drinking in Tokyo bars. The rules must only apply to the up-scale Ginza cocktail bars that I’m too skint to visit, however, because they are routinely broken in the grungy backstreet dives I end up in, where the locals can be seen blithely stripping naked, projectile vomiting, and playing Pop-Up-Pirate on even the rainiest Tuesday night.
And here’s another nice article, featuring three religion-themed watering holes in Tokyo, where you can be served by the likes of Buddhist monks or protestant ladies. I’m particularly keen to visit Yurei Izakaya (“The Ghost Bar”), a morbidly-themed bar in Kichijoji, which has miraculously escaped my attention until now. Their Russian-roulette kushiage skewers (one on each dish is packed with super-intense wasabi) is their claim to fame apparently!
Tokyo’s balmy summer evenings are perfect for a bit of outdoor beer-imbibing (except when there’s a bloody typhoon like today.) Where better to enjoy it than on the top of a skyscraper, under the stars? (you can’t see actually any stars, but you can achieve the same effect by signing up for an all-you-can drink deal and getting so pissed you hallucinate.)
Craig over at Tokyo Gig Guide has lovingly assembled the ultimate list of Tokyo beer gardens, complete with times, prices, and addresses. I intend to visit many of them, so if you hear of a giant drunken gaijin accidentally plummeting from a skyscraper between now and September, it may well be me.
I’ve finally put a new comic strip up on my other site, Little in Japan, after tons of slacking, procrastination, dealing with a high-maintenance woman, boozing, and hob-nobbing at parties.
This time the disaster-prone, insecure English teacher, Dave, is horrified to discover he’s getting a new, young room-mate.
Check it out at littleinjapan.com.
Rainy season is officially over, and it’s time for me to stock up on some new threads to sweat all over during the “super cool biz” summer. I thought I’d check out T-shitsu, who always have lots of specially-designed T-shirts with funny Japan-themed prints.
There are lots of rib-tickling T-shirts on there as usual! (by which I don’t mean they literally tickle your ribs. I mean they’re side-splitting… and they don’t actually split down the side. I mean they’re hilarious). Here are some of their latest offerings:
This one made me laugh out loud:
…and here’s a drunk-themed one, well-suited for readers of this site:
T-Shitsu T-shirts are all cheap, at less than 3000yen, and the site’s all in English.
Here’s a quote from the site, about their noble goal of bringing people together through the power of wacky T-shirts:
This site is not just about T-shirts.
Its about sparking conversations, merging cultures, breaking down barriers and generally enhancing our fun-loving foreign community in this awesome country.
If our merchandise spreads further then these Japanese shores, so be it.
Put plainly, for one person to say, ‘Woah… where did you get that T-shirt?!’ makes us (and you) happy. Simple.
Check out more T-shirts here.