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Archive for November, 2009

Britney Hamada

So, I was just walking around Shibuya, as I tend to do after school for a bit just because it’s fun, and then I noticed next to me that they were filming a TV variety show starring Hamada Britney, who’s famous for being highly-gal fashion, a comic author, a model, as well as a (rich) homeless girl who sleeps in Karaoke booths.

If you watch the special (It airs on Dec 24, actually), you may actually see me in the background.  Looking like one of those complete idiots who once he see’s a celebrity he begins to take pictures from his phone.


I tried waving at her at one point after the shooting.  She didn’t wave back. :(




Friend made it for me.

Today, I Almost About Choked on a Sandwich

Every Thursday, I have lunch during a free period with the exchange student organizer at my school. 

Today, we began a conversation on a farewell speech I’ll have to give in December. (Sad)

He then went on to say that because my Japanese has improved so immensely, that I should give it to the entire school during our semester closing ceremony.

I was surprised by this, considering other exchange students have has a tendency of just doing it to their classes, but it didn’t compare to what happened next.

Assuming the speech would have to be short, like my 2 minute introduction speech at the beginning of the year, I asked how long of a speech would be good.

"Hmm.  Anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes would be good.”


I can speak Japanese alrighty, but I sure as heck cannot give an interesting speech, in Japanese, for 20 to 30 minutes.



After a small discussion, though, the time got pushed down to tidy 5 minutes. 

Time for an update

Well, it’s been over a month since my last blog post.  I feel I’ve failed you all at posting regularly.  It’s just been so refreshing not having to post on my blog all the time.

I’m doing quite fine.  I recently had a lot of stress built up from school (long story short, Japan isn’t always open to things that are different, that including foreigners.  I wrote a huge blog post but removed it within about 10 minutes.) I’m better now, though, and have gotten to spend a lot of time with friends of recent which makes me happy.  I’m sad to have to leave them in 2 months.

Well, to make this blog post the least bit interesting, I’m going to share one more thing I’ve tended to over-blog about: Japanese cell phones.  But this is a bit different.   Japanese phones are all about expressing yourself, and Japanese female phones can get pretty crazy at times.   My host mom wanted to make her phone cuter, and thus bought all these small little fake gems and glue and stuff.   I took on the task of painstakingly gluing all the tiny little gems onto her phone, as a sort of gift because she said she didn’t like doing those sort of things.

Phone before:




As goes without mentioning, I’m thankful it’s not my phone. 

It took me a freakin 2 and a half hours to place all the gems.

Check my Twitter

I’ve begun to update my twitter a lot.  You can follow a better feed of what I’m doing from here (click) (or look at the sidebar of this website).  I can update it from my phone, which is nice.

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