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Godzilla in Hell sends our titular kaiju literally into Hell where he has to figure out who (or what) sent him there.

Let's talk about this. First, he's apparently in an Inferno-esque Hell as illustrated by the whirlwind of souls. Second, he's bound to face his demons from all the people and monsters he's killed over the years (a strong parallel to his initial creation as the manifestation of the Japanese soldiers killed in WWII.) Third, and final, Godzilla must SOLVE A MYSTERY. HE MUST USE HIS BRAIN. What's not to love?

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On a whim, I purchased a box of Japanese do-it-yourself confectionery treats called Popin' Cookin' for Beemer and myself to enjoy for an evening's entertainment and dessert.

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The sushi in front of you have different ingredients hidden in the rice.

Some have mayo, some have wasabi.
Some have chili oil with garlic chunks.
Some have a mix of tuna, mayo, and green onion.
One is stuffed with salt.

You may begin.

kung_fu_monkey: (Huh?)
I'm watching Gatchaman again and, I kid you not, the villain (Berg Katze) had the image of Jesus carved next to faces on Mt. Rushmore. This was, of course, to house his newest weapon, the giant Lava Jesus Robot that terrorizes cities.

Seriously. The Lava Jesus Robot emerges from volcanoes to rampage nearby cities.

kung_fu_monkey: (AAAAAAA!!!)
Japan handles KFC very, very differently than the US does. For instance, the following link will take you to the ad for their new product, Krushers, a fruit smoothie sort of drink.

Oh, that pop up that appears? Yeah, that's a "helpful" suggestion to avoid staring at the image for too long.

(h/t Kotaku)

kung_fu_monkey: (BM)
Damn. In the upcoming PS3 game Tokyo Jungle, human civilization has ended. You play as omnivores, herbivores, and carnivores surviving in the ruins of Tokyo. It's a lengthy trailer that's almost entirely in Japanese but there are some very clever concepts here. Oh, and if you feel compelled to dress up your animals (like having a cheetah in a vest) you can do that.

kung_fu_monkey: (timmy)
Now here's a Tumblr account I'll follow. Damn, these are well done! Sadly, he's only got these two images in this style, but he promises more.


kung_fu_monkey: (Default)

Oh, how fun! This little guy is operated via a handheld remote (which happens to look like a modded PS2 controller) to manipulate the 20+ individual servos. The bot's waddling is a bit odd, but the overall effect is still solid. I would like to take a moment to point out that this is pretty much the whole concept behind the control scheme for the PS2 game, Robot Alchemic Drive (R.A.D.), including twisting torso, arm and leg movements, and other neat features.


Apr. 16th, 2012 02:12 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
This is Bob.

Archaeologist, geologist, lover of puns, and overall fun geek, Bob is staying with us as he transfers from his job in Phoenix to his new position here in Denver while Jeff, his partner, is working on selling their house. We've prepped the guest room and bathroom for him during his stay (this was primarily why I spent so much time doing home repair recently). I'm happy to have him here as he'll share his experiences of the three years he spent in Japan, and I get to cook more. Do say hello to him if you get the chance.
kung_fu_monkey: (Huh?)
No, I'm not kidding.


Apr. 1st, 2012 08:37 pm
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Just got back from Domo, a truly authentic Japanese restaurant here in Denver. The ambiance, the food, the adjacent mini-museum; it's all very Japan. I had a starter of battara yaki, Domo's version of okonomiyaki, and sake udon with a side of unagi over rice. The noodles were served in a large bowl with salmon steaks, seaweed, ground mountain potato, and a lightly sake flavored broth. Added to this was one pint of hot sake and an 18 oz. bottle of Kirin, and I'm both full and drunk. Beemer had gyoza as a side and daikon vintoro donburi; a bowl of rice topped with albacore tuna. We were also given seven different small side dishes ranging from spicy cabbage to meatballs to savory stewed potatoes and beef.

OMG I'm so full. Here I was trying to lose weight, too.

As I finished my beer, we explored the mini museum, mainly showcasing small sake serving bowls custom made for the WWII Japanese soldiers who managed to make it home. Numerous household objects, masks, straw shoes/boots, etc., were on display, bringing back a tidal wave of memories. I started crying. I miss Japan so much, but... the pain. The pain of being alone for a year in such a wonderful country still wounds me so deeply that I can't help it sometimes. We've promised each other to return someday, making memories that aren't so damned bittersweet, hoping to ease this psychological scar I bear. I'd like that, but it's a ways off. Someday.

My emo-ment aside, it was a wonderful evening. If you're a local, or just visiting for a time, I highly recommend Domo!

kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
Since many of my friends are mystified by Japanese mythology, I've got a NSFW link provided by i09 that covers the devious Tanuki and their magical testicular powers. Below that is a series of questionable artwork featuring human genitalia. At least the Tanuki knew how to party; "I'm a scary pile of dicks" just isn't as impressive.

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Before I begin today's tale, let me offer you a link to a quick read regarding Sadako Suzuki and 1000 paper cranes.


Most of us are at least passively aware of the tale, and even though I've been to both the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and actually stumbled upon that very statue in the Wiki article, I did have some of the details of her story incorrect. I'm glad I re-read it.

Now, on to my point.

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Oct. 6th, 2011 11:42 am
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I am forever a fan of her work. <3!
kung_fu_monkey: (AAAAAAA!!!)
You probably want to sit down for this one.


May. 3rd, 2011 04:07 pm
kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
I have finished all finals for my classes. Two of my grades have already been returned as passing, though there's still no word on the thesis. I'll be attending the East Asian ceremony this Friday, but I'll pass on the formal Commencement ceremony.

There. I've done it. I've *finally* completed my Bachelor's Degree.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)

This link should take you to the Google Docs page where I've uploaded my thesis. It seems to work for me, but let me know if you have problems accessing it.

Yes, there are formatting issues in the G-Docs version that do not exist in the original. It can't be helped.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the research.
kung_fu_monkey: (animated)
After one last round of revisions, the thesis is complete. I will be turning it in tomorrow to Shimazaki Sensei. *whew*
kung_fu_monkey: (Hanshin Tigers)
S-Sensei and I met to discuss the state of my thesis and she's overall quite pleased with how it's turned out. Sure, there are revisions to do (both [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 and [livejournal.com profile] zalena had critiques which fell in line with Sensei's), but they're not nearly as overwhelming as I'd feared. In short, I'm about 95% complete with the thing a few weeks before finals occur as I had anticipated. This? This makes me happy. With the paper out of the way, I'll be able to focus on finals and be done with school.

If you want to read it, I'll send you an electronic copy after it's finished. I don't think it's a fantastic paper, but it's not dull, either.
kung_fu_monkey: (Angry Deer)
You know the scene in Japan is bad when your Japanese friends say that they can't take the earthquakes anymore. :(


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