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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby shyouko » Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:32 am

Darn... the few sites that have been hosting these bells have been taken down due to copyright issue...

The CD I have only got 5 tracks from Yamanote (Shinjuku / Takadanobaba / Ikebukuro / Meguro / Shibuya).
I shall check it while playing Densha de Go Final next time...

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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby hamei » Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:31 am

The Keeper wrote:Maxsleg, heh, actually, I have two pachinko balls sitting here on my keyboard.

Two of them ? Metal, shiny, about an inch or a little more in diameter ?

Are you sure those are pachinko balls, Keeper ?

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Unread postby The Keeper » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:06 am

hamei wrote:Two of them ? Metal, shiny, about an inch or a little more in diameter ?
Are you sure those are pachinko balls, Keeper ?


What, only an inch? Amateurs...
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Unread postby pentium » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:40 am

I have played pachinko myself but only at a garage sale. You just reminded me that next spring I have to see if he is selling it again and buy it (as well as a bucket with three dozen or so balls) off him for the $50 he is asking. It's addictively fun.
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:59 pm

Maxsleg, heh, actually, I have two pachinko balls sitting here on my keyboard. Wow, the noise in those parlors! Even the noise of the one vintage 70's pachinko machine I have at home can be a bit much, let alone over a hundred of them with loud music playing in the background...


It was the noise that really struck me - like a cross between a roller-disco and industrial printing press...
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Unread postby skywriter » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:06 pm

awesome video posted on gizmodo. it's of the Shinjuku cluster of skyscrapers.

http://vimeo.com/4014102

i see they finally finished that pineapple shaped building. that was pretty cool watching them build it.
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby The Keeper » Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:21 am

A brief foray back to the pachinko discussion...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYkw-5htPw0

And we now return you to your regular programming...
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Unread postby skywriter » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:18 pm

cage is such a crappy actor :(
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:14 pm

Just come back from another 2 weeks in Japan, again all work in the Tokyo area but did make a few trips at the weekend. Did Mt. Fuji and the Hakone - unfortunately it rained the whole day :-(
Harajuku was very good on the Sunday - a lot of Rockers and Harajuku girls out..
Had dinner one night on the 52nd floor of the Sumitomo building in Shinjuku, what a great veiw of Tokyo - glad I wasn't paying the bill!
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Unread postby The Keeper » Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:06 am

Yeah, there was a torrential downpour the second day we were in Hakone... That and the crazy-ass bus ride back down the mountain, after I had eaten a bit too much kamaboko and oden made that the worst part of the whole visit in Japan.

But this shot made up for it.

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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:25 pm

Did you eat any of the black '7 year' eggs?

I visited Miraikan n Sunday - this is the museum of science and innovation. Really worth a visit (the trip of the Rainbow bridge also is great - what a view..)

Lots of robots and they also have a VR cave (but it was closed when I visited)..
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Unread postby The Keeper » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:12 am

We did partake in the consumption of some of the kurotamago at Owakudani, yes. Not 7-year, though, they're basically hard-boiled eggs that just have been cooked in the sulphur spring.

(The picture's not the best; it's just a thumbnail-type pic. We're heading off to a cruise in the Bahamas in an hour, so I don't have time to clean it up...)
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:20 am

The 7 year is the life extension you have eating the egg, not the age of the egg.
I have seen 'thousand year' eggs in China - they smell rancid!
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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby hamei » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:35 am

maxsleg wrote:The 7 year is the life extension you have eating the egg, not the age of the egg.

I thought it was your life expectancy after eating the egg ...

I have seen 'thousand year' eggs in China - they smell rancid!

Yeah, every seven-eleven in town has buckets of the nasty things bubbling away in a witch'es cauldron. Even the dog won't eat those things.

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Re: greetings from Shinjuku

Unread postby maxsleg » Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:43 am

after some of the food I've had in China - they are probably not that bad...
I had fried scorpions in Chengdu and some of the things in Shenzhen....
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