Little in Japan: Up with the Cock

October 4, 2011

I’ve just posted another comic strip up on my other site, Little in Japan. These will be more frequent now that the beach bars, beer gardens, and outdoor festivals are over for another year.

This time, more domestic disputes and hangovers.

Read more here!

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Little in Japan: New Room-mate

July 14, 2011

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.


Hilarious T-Shirts from T-Shitsu

July 12, 2011

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.


Japan Booze News 6/29

June 29, 2011

Hello, and thanks for reading another of my increasingly infrequent missives!
If I’m not posting much, it generally means there are lots of fun drink-related activities going on in Tokyo, and this month’s no exception.

Last week was father’s day, and numerous beer-related novelty products were flying off the shelves of shops such as Tokyu Hands. My favourite is the Takara Tomy Beer Hour, a device used to make pouring beer cans into glasses easier. You could buy this or, alternatively, you could simply tilt the glass a bit.

Summer is nearly here, the rain is gradually dying down and the rooftop beer gardens are starting to open.
Over the past few years, I’ve often ended up drinking in the sunshine atop the Kudan Kaikan hotel, near Kudanshita subway station (that beer garden is famous for its fetching bunnygirl waitresses), but since the roof of that hotel sadly collapsed during the big earthquake, I doubt there will be much partying going on there this summer. Fortunately, a suitable replacement has been provided in Odaiba by Hooters, who have opened a beer garden at the Grand Pacific Hotel, near Daiba station, for the summer. Until August 31st, it’ll be open daily from 4pm (or 11am on weekends) ’til 10:30.
You can find out more here.

The fun will continue in a couple of weeks, an hour south of Tokyo, in Shonan (self-styled “Miami Beach of Japan), where the wooden beach bars will be erected (and they’re not the only things that’ll be erected, once the bikini-clad hordes of Shibuya girls arrive to sun themselves. Fnarr fnarr!) The beaches of Enoshima, Zushi, Yuigahama (in Kamakura), and Hayama are all good spots for a refreshing beer overlooking the waves. The bars close at 9, at which point you can join the drunken deliquents merrily setting off fireworks on the beach. Even if you’re too skint for the beach bars, you can always grab a six-pack for the 7/11 and park your arse on the sand.

In Zushi, the Otodama Sea Studio beach bar has already opened for business, and will be playing host to various well-known Japanese live acts over the summer, including The Pillows, Garnet Crow, Orange Pekoe, and Ryo the Skywalker, as well as DJs Takkyu Ishino, Tomyuki Tanaka (Fantastic Plastic Machine), Shinichi Osawa, Ken Ishii, and Dex Pistols.

Finally, to make your Japan-based boozing easier, a book has been published called, Drinking Japan: A Guide to Japan’s Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments, by Chris Bunting. It is, by all accounts, an enjoyable and informative read, and I’ll be sure to post a review once I get hold of a copy. At the same time, it may well take a gargantuan dump on my hopes of ever writing a similar book. Ho-hum! I’m off to drown my sorrows at Hooters.


The Harpys: Crushed Cake

May 23, 2011

Here’s a video a friend and I made for my Japanese mates’ wacky band. Enjoy!


The Legless Arms

May 18, 2011

Ths pub in Shibuya has a snappy name.

Here’s a site about the place..


When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Drunk

May 16, 2011

Hello! I thought I’d better post something here, since a few readers have mailed me asking if I’m I’m still alive and in Japan. Yes and yes, although I’m feeling barely alive, since I’ve spent the last couple of months doing my best to help recover the weakened Japanese economy, by buying lots of drinks. I’ve attended various hanami parties, Golden Week parties, other people’s sayonara parties, and Tohoku earthquake/tsunami fundraising parties. I even won a yard-of-ale downing competition in an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day.

After the horrors of recent months, I’ve learned some important things. They are thus:
-Shibuya Shakey’s Pizza has all-you-can-drink beer for 500 yen.
-The waitresses at the Grade A bar in Yokohama’s Camelot Hotel now wear sexy bunny-girl costumes.