Saturday, July 26, 2008

Video Arcade

Here are some more unique games found in some video arcade:
Apart from the normal (big-sized) console machines,




There are weird things like this fish tank foot-reflexology. You just soak your feet in a tub full of fish, and the fish will nibble on the sole of your feet, thus biting away the dead skin cells.


There are also quite a number of simulated sports games such as this golf game:Here is my lousy attempt at a softball game (P.S. this is the FIRST time i tried playing this)



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Friday, July 25, 2008

Kabuki

Ahmet, Kim and I went to watch a Kabuki (歌舞伎) play at the National Theatre
Fun experience. Kabuki is a form of Japanese opera where men dress up as women in the play. (I have no idea why they do so, but the "female" character's voice sure sounded weird)
The theatre has a very high-tech stage

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This is one of the "exciting" fighting scene... so dramatic...

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The rest of the play was pretty much like the next video:

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For those who know japanese: Do u understand a single word they are saying???

Its no wonder so many pple fell asleep in the theatre. haha.

Did u also realise how weird the female character(a guy) sound?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Odaiba

Odaiba (お台場)

Some famous landmarks:
Ferris Wheel:


Fuji TV Building:There's a viewing gallery at the top in which u need to pay money to enter. Here's a tip: you dont actually have to pay to go up. Just follow the other elevator to the second highest floor - where a chinese restaurant is - and u get an equally good view from there. Furthermore, its FREE!!

(FAKE) Statue of Liberty



History Garage where u get to see vintage cars


Toyota also has a showroom there. Here are some of the cool stuff found there:

A Toyota-made robot which plays a trumpet!!
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Toyota's Auto-drive car. Just like a themepark ride, all you have to do is to sit inside and enjoy the view as the car drives around automatically.

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This is one of Toyota's new Hybrid car - Crown. It sure looks cool....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hanabi (Fireworks)

Hanabi festival (花火大会) falls in between late july and early august. There's practically a firework display every other day somewhere in Japan.
Its a tradition to wear bathrobes (Yukata 浴衣) and picnic when u watch the fireworks.
Here we are.. me and my labmates. Quite "kiasu", we reach the picnic spot 3 hours before the start of the fireworks just to secure a good seat.
Here are some unique ones. They come in various shapes - heart shape, ghost, jellyfish, cat face, flying saucer, butterfly, mushroom, spiral etc etc. Indeed impressive.
























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Heres a unique one.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Clubs, pubs, bars

Apart from the fact that they are ridiculously expensive, clubs in Tokyo are otherwise quite fun to visit and hang out at. In contrast, Izakaya (居酒屋) is a more common and affordable place to get together and hang out in Japan.
Shibuya, Roppongi, Takadanobaba, etc are places full of clubs. Been to a few of those, some of them have very unique interior design. (Yipes, i realised that i dont have any nice photos to post here, cos i seldom bring my camera to clubs. sob.. sob... what a waste..)
The crowd is usually international.
Some new friends I made in a club:
Thai, Jap, Indian, and Me









Nice exterior design:

This particular club even had a live percussion performance:

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Monja

One of Tokyo's specialty - Monja. Its similar to the normal Okonomiyaki(お好み焼き), just stickier.
This particular street at Tsuki-Shima(月島) specializes in this food. The whole street is practically filled with Monja restaurants.
They even sell "Monja" t-shirts for 1000yen !!
The restaurant staff demonstrating how to cook a monja:After dinner, we went to the nearby Sumida River (隅田川) for a stroll. The building behind really resembles the Petronas Twin Towers in Kulau Lumpur - 2 tall buildings side-by-side, with a connecting bridge in the middle. hhaa.