A typical scene seen in parks and beaches around Japan during Summer is this:
Senko hanabi 線香花火 is difficult to translate but it would be something like “fireworks of incense sticks”. In reality the fireworks don’t have incense but they are very similar to incense sticks in shape and size, thus the name. Senko hanabi are sticks with a small amount of powder which doesn’t blow up and lights up with fire of diverse colours during some seconds. To play with senko hanabi is fun and not dangerous at all.
People say that lighting up a senko hanabi and seeing its light go away instantly in the darkness will make you feel closer to the ephemera of things (Mono no aware 物の哀れ) and will help you being more sensitive to the transience of our lives.
While at Super Potato, one of the most popular retro video game stores in Akihabara we bumped into this giant Game Boy. The screen was a TV that worked like a real Game Boy, I suppose by using an emulator or a Super Game Boy.
Eight months ago a new island emerged from the sea to the south of Japan near Ogasawara. It started as a small eruption but it seems that it hasn’t stopped and it is still growing. It already has a surface of 1.3 square kilometers and scientists say that it is large enough to consider that it won’t disappear submerged in the sea. As of now, this new territory doesn’t have an official name. For the moment people call it 新島 (新: new, 島: island).
It’s been a very long time since I last watched a Japanese anime series. On the other hand I have kept watching animation movies. However right now I am finishing watching the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy. And I love it! It’s fun, surreal and easy to watch. An ideal show to relax and leave your imagination flow.
Dandy is an intergalactic bounty hunter, some kind of Han Solo. He travels in his space ship with a robot named QT and a cat from Betelgeuse named Meow. Dandy loves to go to “boobies”, a chain of intergalactic restaurants inspired by Hooters. QT is a robot whose software hasn’t been updated for years which makes him have human-like emotions. Meow is a lazy cat that likes to eat and spend his time looking at his smartphone screen.
Admiral Perry of the Gogol empire is the archenemy of Dandy, QT and Meow. He wants to catch Dandy because he thinks that he is the key for the future of the universe…
16th edition of my favorite photo series with brand new pictures of Japanese people caught sleeping in public. This time I had some photos caught in Winter and Spring but I still didn’t have enough photos to have a new post. Now with nice weather in Summer it was easy to complete this new round of funny photos. It seems like hot weather makes people doze off on the streets and in train stations
Other posts of Japanese people sleeping:
The coffee shop located at the Mori museum in Roppongi Hills has been remodeled for the Summer. All the food served until September 1st will be based on Pokémon. If you want to order something you will have to wait in line for around two hours, however you can visit the exhibition about Pokémon next door without having to wait.
Fit’s (by LOTTE) is one of the most well-known chewing gum brands in Japan. Their TV commercials are usually pretty awesome. This time their new TV commercial features a giant cat!
66 Doraemon statues have recently shown up in Roppongi Hills, each one of them with a unique different face expression. If you are coming to Tokyo this Summer you will get the chance to see them if you come before the 24th of August.
These are my photos of the Doraemons at Roppongi Hills, always happy!
Related post: Doraemon inventions that have become a reality