A Geek in Japan | 2012 July
Adventures of a geek living in Japan
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Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association

An association exists in Japan just dedicated to guns that shoot rubber bands and here you can find its very cool website. The association has more than 2,500 members!

Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association
This is last year’s ranking.

Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association
Mr. Asano is the founder and president of the association.

They even publish a world ranking. If you want to be the world champion you have to know that you can use your own gun and you have to be the best at shooting a coin at 5 meters.

Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association

In the official website there are many photos of guns made by members of the association and even instructions on how to build them yourself.

Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association

Japan Rubber Band Gun Shooting Association

Pistola gomas

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Oi Ocha – 伊藤園お〜いお茶

The Oi Ocha brand was launched by ITO EN in 1989, following the success of its “Canned Sencha” brand that debuted in 1985. The brand is derived from the Japanese phrase, “Oi, ocha!” brand which is a way of calling out, “It’s tea time!” or “Tea, please!”– part of the warm, everyday conversations heard in Japanese homes. The Oi Ocha beverage brand is now one of the most familiar brands in the Japanese beverage market. It is the number one brand among green tea beverage products, second-highest sales among all beverage brands.

The Oi Ocha brand is also used in the marketing of tea leaf products. ITO EN’s roots as a specialist tea company may also be seen in its position today as Japan’s largest tea company, handling over 20% of all the green tea grown in Japan, and the Oi Ocha brand is also ITO EN’s main brand for tea leaf products.

The bottle in the picture is the strong-tasting variation of the Oi Ocha (Ryokucha). I like its balance between astringency and full-bodied flavor as well as the green tea fragrance.

More about tea:

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Wadaiko Yamato

Wadaiko Yamato is the name of a Japanese music group that uses taikos as their main instrument. Wadaiko (和太鼓) means “Japanese drum” and Yamato is the former name of Nara, the capital of Japan in the past. The band has been active for 20years, and it is still popular in Germany and Switzerland where this year they will play in different cities. In Tokyo they will play in September.

With this video you can have an idea of what they are able to do with some taikos, impressive!

Official website: Yamato Wadaiko

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Japanese Sleeping – 12

It’s been almost one year since the last edition of the Japanese sleeping series. It was already time for a new post! As always with all my respect and affection to the Japanese people, after so many years in Japan I also enjoy taking power naps in public places!

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese people sleeping in public

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

japanese sleeping

Old posts of Japanese people sleeping:

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Line to Eat Pancakes and Crepes in Omotesando

Several weeks ago the first Eggs ‘n Things restaurant in Omotesando opened and since then a huge line can be frequently seen of people waiting for hours just to eat crepes and pancakes. It’s been several weeks but there’s still a lot of people lining up.

Line in Omotesando

Line in Omotesando

Line in Omotesando

Eggs 'n Things in Omotesando

Eggs 'n Things in Omotesando


I took the video vertically. It’s quite crappy!

For some reason that I still don’t fully understand Japanese people like to form huge lines: the line for the Wii launch went from Yurakucho station to near Kanda (several kilometers), and the line for the iPhone launch from Harajuku to Shibuya. Lining up for apparently trivial reasons is very frequent in Japan; however after some time you realize that most of the times there is some media appearance that explains it. For example, the pancakes of Eggs ‘n Things were featured in a TV show and one of the Akb48 girls loved them.

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