Archive for February, 2011

Kids in my area of Japan usually walk home from school alone or in groups. (I believe it is like this all over Japan….but I can’t say for sure….seems like it would be a long walk in the countryside.)

So this means they must cross streets alone.   There is concern that the kids will not be seen by drivers, since they are so small, after all.   Thus, various methods to make them more visible are employed.

One thing that kids learn, is to raise their arm/s straight up while crossing streets.  This makes them *taller* and thus, more visible.

Sometimes they wear yellow hats etc.


Another method is to tote a small yellow flag while crossing the street.


on either side of an intersection, you will sometimes find a flag holder attached to a pole, filled with many little yellow flags.   A child takes a flag, crosses the street, and leaves it in the flag holder on the other side of the intersection!

Sometimes my gaijin blood gets the best of me and it is hard to resist the urge to take just ONE little flag home with me in the wee hours when no one is watching…..but I always feel like I’m jeopardizing the safety of a little munchkin, so i never do…


Not to mention how it is tempting to snag one of these CUTE little kids long enough to cuddle them real good….but I never do that either……

But it is tempting….they are just so CUTE!!!!   >_< UGH!


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Coffee Pudding Drink

Posted: February 8, 2011 in drinks

Tecan couldnt help but buy this drink.

I told him it was a bad idea.

But…..apparently, like so many other people here (including me)….he couldn’t resist the temptation.

Every week there is some new product out….and every week tons of products go away forever….The items are rotated constantly, obviously playing on our inability to resist every horrible sounding combination and concept……

Thus: Coffee Pudding Shake.


Come on….wouldn’t you buy it too??? Aren’t you curious???




80% of the time….these products are just as awful as they sound or at least…..just…..too odd to form a real opinion. I guess that’s why they only last a few weeks…..just long enough for everyone to buy it once and decide to never ever buy it again.

I mean….LOOK AT IT!!!

and it tasted just like it looks and sounds. make coffee pudding….and blend it loosely with milk so that clumps still survive…and there you have it….

I wonder how many people are on the panels to come up with this stuff….I would love to listen in on their brain storming sessions.



When you go ramen restaurants, often the utensils and condiments are available on the counter for you to grab at your own will. it’s one of the features that make eating ramen quick for salarymen on the go, and of course speady service means customers come and go quicker which is important for the normal ramen eatery.


See, space is limited, and ramen places are usually very small. The food prep area and bar or tables are usually in the same room. In fact, usually the seating area is bar-styled and wraps around the food prep area so that when they finish your ramen all they have to do is set it down over the bar. this eliminates the need to leave the kitchen area or use a trey. Time savers!


So anyhow, the condiments are usually all laid out there on the bar or table for you to grab yourself. often even the water is done this way. There will be pitchers of water laid out within reach of each diner. you refil your own glass.

Lately Ive noticed several ramen restaurants have a thick charcoal block in their water pitchers. I believe it is supposed to purify the water as well as make it taste better and make it healthier.

All water tastes like crap to me though, so i couldnt tell a difference…
(i have not studied up on this well….please let me know what you find if you do research it)


Here are some pages i found interesting.:
(pics are my own-links are just stuff i found on the net)