Archive for June, 2009

If Japanese people do something, they do it to the extreme.. or not at all. Yesterday I went with my girlfriend to find freshly roasted coffee. In Canada or Australia, this would mean finding a micro-roaster where we could ask what date the beans were roasted, and just hope that we could buy some roasted […]

Suntory times


A washed-up movie star advertising a Suntory product… seem familiar? I wonder if Tommy Lee Jones had a mid-life crisis while filming these Japanese commercials. -jer. p.s. This post is refering to the film Lost In Translation. If you haven’t seen it, make it number one on your list of movies to watch.

Last weekend I went to a coffee shop in downtown Chiba, which is about an hour from Tokyo by train. It’s a great-looking little place that’s run by an elderly couple who didn’t want their picture taken. The decor seemed random and yet amazing. They had a few different origins of coffee on the menu, […]

Everything in this country is cuter: clothes, cars, people, sings… everything. Sometimes it’s a bit too much, like the stands selling cell phone decorations, but most of the time the cuteness is very endearing. Train stations are a good example, here’s some signs on the train line between Chiba and Tokyo. There are lots of […]