Monday, December 28, 2009

beef tongue

this is an update video, but for those of you who hate those (like myself) it's also a taste test video.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

youtube japan featured!

that's right, suckas. fatblueman's "a fat blue christmas" music video has been featured on youtube japan! check it out if you haven't already. over 9,000 views and growing.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

fatblueman update

here's a recent fatblueman update video. looks like i'll be helping oot in the future. stay tuned for for more future collaborations!

Friday, December 18, 2009

a fat blue christmas

so after a a week or two of editing we we finally finished fatblueman's "a fat blue christmas" music video youtube collaboration.... what?... i didnt tell you i was working on that?... whoops....

anyway, no hard feelings. sorry for keeping you out of the loop. enjoy the show.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

new fatblueman album

check out the new fatblueman album on jamendo. i made the album cover. it's just one of the things i've been doing while i've been taking a break from blogging. so check it out! the album is free!

they also have great videos on youtube and have been featured on youtube japan.

Monday, December 14, 2009

busankevin xmas collab

here is a quick and fun happy holidays collaboration video from busankevin on youtube. if you don't know kevin be sure to check out his awesome japan vlog... oh, we're in it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Koshoji temple.

Holy crap, I haven't blogged in awhile. It's because of combination of being sick for most of a month and then recently moving into a new place (huge headache because of the language barrier). Lots of stuff to come.

Here is a pic taken from a near by park. It's actually part of a huge temple complex (koshoji temple). Some pics of that to come later as well.

-- mobile post from my iPhone

Friday, October 9, 2009

camel castration!

this is also a test video using motionbox. the previous HD hikan videos were hosted on 'viddyou', a small hosting site which has gained popularity and the attention of motionbox. so this week viddyou has annouced they have just been bought up by motionbox. we'll see how it goes. be sure to check out the original post @ hikanninja.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

cheesecake soap?

wanna giant disk of soap? yea, me too.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

beyonce water

this is a little old news, but still cool if you haven't seen it already.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

amurican chips

on the way to work i found these chips an a local convenient store. i like the little potato character on the back side. kinda leprechaun looking with an uncle sam hat. i didnt know oregon was famous for potatos. as for the chips, they were pretty good. ruffles style and flavored with tobasco. very americanish i guess.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


check out our friend's mobile grilling invention.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

mini cooper bikes

after a year of walking like common folk, antonette and i finally got around to buying a pair of bicycles. take a look.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

super lemon soda?!

super lemon is one of my favorite japanese candies and i just found out they make a soda version of it. fantastic!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

sumo in nagoya (

enormous, pseudo naked, sweaty fat dudes smacking each other's jiggling man-breasts sound like a good time to you? you're either a perv or a sumo fan.

check out marlow's first experience watching sumo @ (july 17th, 2009).

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On the way to a clinic

Another auto stitch test
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer is here

Our summer vacation officially starts tomorrow. I have a ton of videos to edit and post so keep a look out for those. In the meantime I'm trying out this new panoramic software for the iPhone called "auto stitch." it seems to be a lot easier to use than the previous application I've been using, panolab pro, but it also seems to lack the manual controls that panolab has. I think I'll stick with it though. Here's a sample.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kirin lemon

Best lemon soda... Ever!
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

freebell mansion

it's been 2 months and we're finally settled into our cozy new apartment. it's double the space and about $100 a month cheaper than our last place so we're really happy about our cost of living being really low. we're also really close to nagoya station which makes it perfect for our commutes.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

kyoto in march 2009

this is a late video of our first trip to kyoto in march 2009. we'll be going back again with my parents in about 2 weeks so keep an eye out for a sequel to this video.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

$95.00 for a melon

Ever wonder what a $95 melon looks like? Well here you go.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

antonette's bday, ice carving in osu & fatblueman @ shooters

here are some videos of us recently that juan made. be sure to check out his youtube page as well.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

fatblueman @ shooters

it looks like fatblueman is breaking up. fortunately i got to see them play together (almost together) one last time at a popular local sports bar, 'shooters.' take a look at the photos below and be sure to check them out on youtube.

Friday, July 3, 2009

tandem puking

i dunno why, but i still find these types of sightings so funny. it's gross and not uncommon, but seeing a couple throw up together? kinda romantic and not so common... or maybe one threw up first and it was so gross it caused the other to lose their dinner as well? in any case it's still funny.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

fatblueman @ the applestore

this is local band in here in nagoya. they're also pretty famous on youtube in japan. their band is made up of both foreigners and japanese members. recently i got an opportunity to meet them in person through a mutual friend; pretty cool people who play pretty cool music. they let me take some pictures of their recent gig at the applestore downtown (sakae). i hope to see them more often in the future. be sure to check them out on youtube and in the meantime check out my photos from their applestore performance below.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

pepsi shiso

pepsi shiso is a new drink by pepsi here in japan. it came out last week. i would have had this video up soon, but i spilled a bottle of soda all over my keyboard and had to get my macbook repaired. how ironic.

sorry the video is really noisy. the room was poorly lit and i did my best to lighten it.

click here for standard definition.

Friday, June 26, 2009

drawings from work.

i was cleaning out my work bag this evening and i found some old drawings of some japanese coworkers. i haven't seen them in a while since i work at different schools this year. it's nice to see them again.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farmer tan showdown

On the way to the applestore this morning to get my MacBook repaired (I spilled mitsuya cider all over my keyboard in my sleep) I saw these 3 kids on the subway having what appeared to be a lengthly discussion about their famer tans. I should have shown them mine. They would have been blinded.

On another note, I am still cameraless. Hopefully that will change next month.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Friday, June 12, 2009

My future partner

There she is. The canon rebel T1i, known as the canon kiss x3 here in japan. It looks like after I save up some money I'm going to buy this lovely piece of hardware. I lost my HD camcorder and I feel naked without it. I already have a canon rebel (the first rebel body; it's a dinosuar, but a solid workhorse), but this new kiss x3 is both a digital slr and HD (up to 1080p @ 20fps) video recorder. It will cut down on the amount of devices I carry around. Can't wait. We're going to get along famously.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

iphone lightsaber battle

bumming around our new apartment and testing out our iphone lightsaber app.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Better than IBM

There is some sort of school for technology, maybe a design school- I'm not sure, in this spiral tower next to Nagoya station. One of my students told me it's called HAL (as you can see in the photo) because they wanted to be "better" than IBM. So they named it HAL, H comes before I in the alphabet, A before B and L before M. Therefore HAL > IBM? I think it's pretty funny.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nanzan for lunch

Ramen at nanzan. I'm still trying to figure this ramen shop's strange operating hours. Good ramen though.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kamejima station

Kamejima station on the higashiyama line. It's not as close as hisaya odori was to our old apt., but at least it takes us directly to sakae without transfering.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Toyohashi on Tuesdays

On the way to toyohashi from our new apartment which is only a 15 min walk from Nagoya station. Another beautiful day in japan, though I have yet to find my beloved canon vixia hf100 HD camcorder. Where oh where can you be?
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Monday, June 1, 2009

sticky tom yum nuts

i love thai tom yum soup, but i'm not sure i like these nuts.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

higashiyama zoo

the local zoo here is pretty popular. i can't even remember the last time i went to a zoo. it was a fun day, but slightly depressing to see all those animals in cages.

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A beautiful sad day

It looks like I lost my HD video camera during the move this weekend. I'm still hoping it turns up. It's getting in the way of enjoying this beautiful day.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Friday, May 29, 2009

moving day

We're moving today. Some video and photos of that to come later. In the meantime, please enjoy the sweet sound of my voice.

Sent via VR+

Thursday, May 28, 2009

On the way to kuwana

On the way to work. This one's not so great.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Free soda

Free mitsuya cider being handed out outside my apartment this morning. It's going to be a good day.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On the way home panolab

I'm trying to get better at using this iPhone panoramic software before north Korea bombs us to pieces.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Panolab pro for iPhone

Testing some new settings on my iPhone camera while waiting for the train. I'll check out the quality later.
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Swine flu only a matter of time

I read that there are over 200 reported cases in osaka only an hour away from nagoya on honshu, an island completely connected by train systems... This guy is ready though... Bring it...
-- mobile post from my iPhone

Sunday, May 24, 2009

public toe cleaning by captain aichi

you gotta do what you gotta do.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mountain dew?!

I found some at a small stand on a subway platform near our apartment. I don't even drink the stuff, but it seemed rare...

I'm also testing out this new blogger iPhone app, hope it works ok.
-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, May 21, 2009

We're sick (mobile post)

We're in a local clinic waiting to make use of our Japanese national
health insurance. Hope it's not swine flu.

On a side note, in japan, pigs say "bu-bu" instead of "oink-oink" like
they do in the states.

Antonette has a more stylish leopard print face mask.

Monday, May 11, 2009

penis festival 2009

'hounen matsuri,' better known to the foreigners living in japan as the 'penis festival' is a crop fertility festival held annually in order to ensure good luck with future crop harvests. the festival is held in different locations and at different times throughout japan. this particular 'penis festival' was held in komaki, aichi, a small town north of nagoya.

check out hikanninja for an insider's look of japan.

click here for standard definition.
here for the flickr slideshow.

no pants?

antonette was out to lunch with coworkers when she stumbled upon these 2 girls handing out advertisements at a busy street corner to god knows what. check out how they get attention.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Higashiyama zoo (mobile post)

We're at higashiyama zoo in Nagoya. More of this to come later.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

takeshima revisited

a while ago i made a slideshow about our visit to takeshima island off the coast of gamagori here in aichi. our friend juan took a lot of footage and put it together in a nifty 2 part video. check it out.

to check out his original post click here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

kids kabuki festival slideshow

here are more photos of the children's kabuki performance/festival that we went to this weekend in a small town in gifu. juan is making a video of the event- i'll post it later. in the meantime enjoy these photos and be sure to use flickr's fullscreen function to do the photos justice.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nanguu shrine (mobile post)

We're now at nanguu shrine, just downhill from the previous temple we
were just at. I took this photo using 'panolab' ap for iPhone. I'll
check the quality from my MacBook later. More to come.

Shinzenin temple (mobile post)

after the kabuki festival our friend, Yukiko, has taken us to a local
temple just a few min drive from her house in Gifu. More to come later.

kids kabuki festival (mobile post)

we're at a kids kabuki festival in a small town in Gifu, japan. kids
(only boys) are dressed in traditional kabuki costumes. more of this
to come later.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Super lemon OH! (mobile post)

Aww, yea. I used to get these at a local Asian market back in the
states. I just found them at a local shop around the corner from our

I like how the price tag was placed over the lady's eyeball, the two-
toned flavor explosion in her mouth, and her speech bubble explaining
that the candy is 'powerful.'

Get somes.

Friday, May 1, 2009

what time is it? (mobile post)

It's ramen time.

We're having ramen in sakae (downtown). It's not a plate of pulled
pork or any other of my favorite American foods, but it sure does put
a smile on my face.

beautiful nagoya (mobile post)

antonette and I are out running errands on this unusually nice day in
nagoya. It feels like a nice day in florida. I hope this is just a
taste of what is soon to come. The winter here was torture specially
for us since we grew up in florida. Walking to work in the snow is fun
for the first 3 minutes.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy birthday Yukiko! (mobile post)

we're having dinner at this really cool cafe to celebrate her
birthday. The cafe is designed like a house; a really homie feel. You
can even watch old episodes of full house in the living room...

colonel mustado (mobile post)

juan and I are out shopping for our friend Yukiko's birthday gifts and
we stumbled upon 'cluedo' (japanese version of 'clue').

setsubun 2009 (

setsubun is a festival famous for 'soy bean throwing' for good luck. this particular festival was filmed at osu kannon in nagoya, japan.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

winston and churchill

antonette and i decided to take our relationship to the next level... so we got some fish.

winston and churchill tragically died after a few weeks due to a stupid pet shop salesman and our inexperience with pet fish.

this video is in memory of them.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

old red flower green dress lady (mobile post)

thank you for the company on the way home tonight. my left side was
feeling a bit cold, but then, as if in direct response to my
sensitivity to cold, you boarded the train at okazaki station... I'm
almost too warm now.

Sleepy businessman (mobile post)

I've been riding the trains in aichi regularly, but this is the first
time a businessman has fallen asleep on me. First time for everything
I guess. I'm going to wake him up by whispering sweet nothings into his ear.

Monday, April 27, 2009

karaoke night

japan isn't japan at all without karaoke. fortunately for us we live next to a variety of karaoke bars.
after a bite to eat at our local favorite indian restaurant the gang heads out to sing some epic tunes.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

small small island, big big wind.

last week our friend yukiko invited us to go see takeshima island. it's a tiny little island in aichi, japan located off the coast of gamagori city. luckily our friend juan arrived a couple of days earlier and was able to join us. it was an incredibly windy day.

takeshima is only 19000 square meters and is connected to the shore by a 387 meters long bridge. it's a japanese national treasure; take a look for yourself. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


i cant say it. i'm still trying.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

hounen matsuri ("penis festival") photos.

i'll have video of this event on here soon. until then here are the photos of the event. hounen matsuri, better known to all the foreigners here as "the penis festival" is a famous annual event held in a town called komaki, just north of nagoya. the penises serve as a metaphor for crop fertility and the festival is held for good luck for the upcoming crops. at least thats what i'm told.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

this is texas.

i had my students @ gifu daigaku (university) play a couple of rounds of pictionary. these are their drawings of "texas."

Sunday, March 8, 2009

til death do us part.

i was standing on the quiet end of ozone subway station platform when i heard some shuffling behind me. luckily for me i had my camera and as you can see they didn't notice me taking their picture. a little cheesy, like one of those inspirational photo posters with a word followed by a "definition" intended to give hope and inspire. but i think it was an interesting sight nonetheless.

Monday, March 2, 2009

old lady with bags on the subway.

this lady means business. i don't know where she's going but she sure doesn't pack light; check out those bags under her eyes. looks like she's not coming back for a while.

Monday, February 23, 2009

recent subway photos.

here are a few recent photos of the nagoya meijo subway line taken the other day on the way to a local flea market. i'm starting to take a lot of these. more to come later. some are a little interesting. some not so much.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

pay as you flush

yes, this is real. not so common, but real.

can't watch HD? click here to watch this video in standard definition.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

hand held fireworks.

more japanese cultural info from my buddy clayton. you can find these fireworks at various japanese festivals being held by people a lot braver than me. check out clayton's pics of the fireworks in action to the left.

can't watch HD? click here to watch this video in standard definition.

Monday, February 16, 2009

tiny blue car.

next time i see this parked outside my apartment i'm going to steal it. i hate cars cause they're not eco friendly, but i'm pretty sure this one is fueled by magic and warm feelings. japan has the coolest toys.

Friday, February 13, 2009

me @ mitsubishi

my student at mitsubishi has taken an interest in photography. he wants to start photographing his 3 year old twin daughters. i promised him i would bring in my canon rebel for him to fool around with.