Saturday, November 29, 2008

no Thanksgiving here, but...


You'll notice I didn't wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! because I'm afraid I forgot about it! Of course it's a very American holiday, so it doesn't exist in Japan.

But - they do enjoy Christmas! Even though it's not a Christian nation, the Japanese would never turn down the possibility of latching onto so cute a holiday. It's all about cute in Japan.

Oh yes. Even those horrible Aflac commercials are different here. Here the duck is nice and cute.

You see here one of many displays in one of many underground malls. More photos coming!

plenty of shopping in Japan!


We were in Kyoto City the other day and I snapped this photo. This is only one end of an endless street of shops. And only one endless street, of many. If you wanna spend money, come to Japan!!

By the way, this isn't the Christmas rush. This is a typical weekday day!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

in Japan!
















Here we are in Japan! And almost the first thing we did - really the next day, was to get up early and go to a wedding of Mayu's best friend. The two of them were at our wedding last year. Theirs was at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the bay. A 2nd reason to have it there was so that the bride could have room for her dog, one of the family, to attend.

More soon! Lots to catch you up on!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

buh bye Georgia!
















This is my last blog entry from the land of cotton (but not forgotten). Of course, it won't suddenly start getting exotic anytime Soon. I've still got lots of pictures from our last few travels, including the radio convention, so stayed tuned for that. But! Japan will start creeping in slowly and soon.

See ya on the other side of the world!

Monday, November 10, 2008

the penguins is back!



We saw M 2 (I don't wanna spell the film title out!) on the weekend and it was good. FAR too much old Jewish lady in it which I don't find at all funny because of her unlikeable meanness, but apart from that, it was good. The wife and I wished there had been more penguins in it, but what there was was fun.

A friend and I also saw Role Models, which wasn't bad. Nice construction. Except for the little kid who is terrible and doesn't grow as a character at all, it was a better and a different film than I expected.

Welp, we're almost ready to move. Still lots to do in the next few days. But I just wanted you to know I haven't forgotten you. Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes!

the penguins is back!

We saw M 2 (I don't wanna spell the film title out!) on the weekend and it was good. FAR too much old Jewish lady in it which I don't find at all funny because of her unlikeable meanness, but apart from that, it was good. The wife and I wished there had been more penguins in it, but what there was was fun.

A friend and I also saw Role Models, which wasn't bad. Nice construction. Except for the little kid who is terrible and doesn't grow as a character at all, it was a better and a different film than I expected.

Welp, we're almost ready to move. Still lots to do in the next few days. But I just wanted you to know I haven't forgotten you. Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Saw 5 & HSM3

I'm a big fan of the Saw movies. I think they are intelligent hybrids of mystery and horror. Anyone who dismisses them as torture porn isn't going into the genre with an open mind. My favorite in the series is Saw 2. VERY smart script with clever surprises. Saw 5 is much like Saw 4 in tone and structure and without surprise mystery endings. They are both good horror-mystery movies, but this latest, Saw 5, is probably the weakest of the series, which I remember saying about Saw 4. It's really a police drama, and it's obvious to me that the writers are watching too many TV dramas/mysteries. Still, I'm already looking forward to Saw 6, and hope somehow they are able to revive Jigsaw to get back in the "game" because he is the real strength of the series.

High School Musical 3, perhaps the flipside of Saw 5, is a positive, energetic, fun-spirited show that I look forward to seeing again with my wife tomorrow. She hasn't seen it yet. HSM3 is exactly what I like about Disney: no meanness, no sarcasm, no body humor, good clean fun. Plus musical numbers that energize. The musical #s are the greatest parts of this film. I haven't seen the first 2 of the series, since they were made for TV, but I'm going to have to check them out now. HMS3 dabbles in stereotypes, but not the way you expect. There's even a gay character who is neither made fun of nor provoked for his being different. A lovely film of tolerance and hope for the future.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

it's....


This little guy made our coconut shrimp. Yes, those are stripped pinecones that he was eating to get at the tasty pine nuts inside. What a cook, huh?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

a tasty dish!


These coconut shrimp look great, huh? Look again.... I shall reveal all tomorrow.

Monday, November 3, 2008

about to leave the land of cotton


GA's a good ol' boy state. But it's time to leave. Soon, you'll have a more exotic, colorful blog from Japan to read!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

back from the con!
















Well, we're back from the old time radio convention - FOTR - in Newark, NJ. Had a great time, and I'll tell all daily here. We haven't unloaded the camera yet, so I'll have to do that today. Meantime, the ever energetic Brian Gari did send me the 2 photos he took of me and his handsome self and his model of a mother, Janet. She's gorgeous, isn't she? What a sweetheart!