Fuculty

Another example of japanglish. I love this one because I took the picture inside the Tokyo University, it is supposed to be one of the most prestigious universities in Japan. I can totally understand people making mistakes when they are not using their mother tongue (I do it all the time), but if I have to write something VERY IMPORTANT in English or Japanese I ALWAYS ask a native I trust to review what I wrote.

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Fuculty of education! :)

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Lego Space Shuttle

These two Japanese guys have built this amazing Space Shuttle using 65000 lego bricks and 1590 hours (Two persons). Amazing!

Lego

It seems that the guys who made this Space Shuttle are going to join an event that is going to try to beat the world tallest Lego tower ever built. If you want to see the Lego Tower it is a little big far north of Tokyo and it will be completed by the 3rd of March.

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Tiger Mask

It looks like the guy on the pictures I showed you the other day is pretty popular and well known in the Shinjuku area. I had no idea but Roy who has been living in Japan for ages knew about this guy who’s nickname is Tiger Mask.

Tiger Mask has been wandering around Shinjuku always wearing a tiger mask since more than 20 years ago. Maybe he loved the manga Tiger Mask. His accessories and clothing changes a little bit depending on the occasion but he always wears the same tiger mask. In fact Roy says that once Tiger Mask sit in the same row as him in the cinema and he watched the whole movie without taking the mask off! His obsession with the mask is pretty amazing.

Here there are some Tiger Mask pictures made by Roy and some others that I found in various Japanese blogs using Google images. I noticed that in the Japanese blogs many people is proud when they take a picture of Tiger Mask. If you go to Shinjuku and you bump into Tiger Mask, take a picture of him, upload it to your blog and share it in the comments of this post :)

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask
This is the only picture of him without the mask covering his face that I was able to find.

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

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Crows ecosystem in Tokyo

A while ago I ranted about how annoying it is to have so many crows in Tokyo. Latest data shows that there are between 40.000 and 50.000 crows living in Tokyo, they are noisy in the morning, they move rubble around and sometimes they even attack people (It happened to me more than once). But this time I’m going to give them a little bit of support, I’m starting to like them… a little :)

One of the biggest advantages of having so many crows is that they like to eat rats. Yes, in Tokyo there are rats but there are not as many as in other big cities because crows are eating them all the time. After many years in Tokyo I have only seen three rats on the streets, whereas in other big cities outside of Japan I remember seeing more than three rats in one night. The last rat I saw was being eaten by these two cool fellas:

Crows

Crows
I tried to approach to take a closer picture but it seems they did not like the idea of me joining their banquet.

Another big benefit of crows is that with a little bit of imagination we, humans, can use them! Some ideas about how we could use them as our “slaves” and at the same time keep them happy are explained by Joshua Klein:

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Dragon Ball and Lawson

During the last month Lawson convenience stores are selling Dragon Ball products, goodies and food. I find it amazing how Dragon Ball is still so popular and is still making tons of money as a “brand” for many businesses. These are some pictures I took in the nearest Lawson to my home:

dragonball lawson

dragonball lawson

dragonball lawson

dragonball lawson

dragonball lawson

dragonball lawson

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Eco green building in Fukuoka

Josecrem found this fabulous building in Fukuoka. Inside the building there is a cultural center called Acros, and the main facade is full of greenery. By the way, the architect of this building is from Argentine and his name is Ambasz.

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Pictures by Josecrem

There is even a waterfall:

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What do you think about the idea? Would you live in a similar building?

From this website I extracted these images that caught my attention:

Edificio
Can you imagine this picture if not only one but all the buildings in the city were covered by trees?

Edificio

Edificio

Edificio

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The 48 Japanese sexual positions

Four years ago one of the first presents I brought back from Japan for my Spanish friends was this:

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In the middle it is written: 四十八手 (48 arms-hands)

These are the illustrations of 48 Japanese sexual positions, let’s say that it is the Japanese kamasutra. Four years ago I did not think about the origins of these positions and the funny traditional illustrations, but two weeks ago when I when to eat Chankonabe to Ryogoku (Where the most important Sumo stadium is) I found this new catalog of positions in the restaurant’s toilet:

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The same word is written in the bottom-right corner 四十八手 (48 arms-hands).

These are not sumo sexual positions :) these are basic winning techniques used in sumo combats. Both catalogs looked to me pretty similar, the same drawing style and both with the same mysterious word 四十八手 (48 hands-arms). The word 四十八手 started to be used 1000 years ago to talk about all the basic techniques in sumo combats. There were not really exactly 48 techniques, but the number 48 was used because from long ago in Japan it is believed that the number 48 brings good fortune.

500 years later, during the Edo period, the same word 四十八手 started to be used with the sexual meaning. The meaning in the sexual context started to be “all the basic sexual techniques”. In this case there are exactly 48 of them.

Concluding, let’s say that the 48 positions Japanese kamasutra was inspired by the 48 basic sumo techniques. Nowadays the word 四十八手 [しじゅうはって] can also be used in many contexts as “all those tricks known in X”, but it is not a very common word used outside of the sumo world.

Sources wikipedia 1, wikipedia 2 y wikipedia 3.

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