Automated train

Friday 7th November

I’m a bit late with the update, but that’s because last night I spent talking with Junko-san and her husband, almost until it was time to check in for the airplane. That is, reserve seats on the airplanes that take me to Hong Kong and Schiphol…
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Quicky: to make sure you do not wait forever on a waiter (who does the waiting on you), you simply call out “sumimasen”, loudly if need be.

On Floors

Quicky: as you European folk are unused to, ground floor is called 1F, etc. First floor below that is called B1, etc.


Quicky: the Toyota Aygo does not really exist in Japan. On the other hand, there exist almost countless of models in Japan, that do not exist elsewhere.

  • IQ
  • Spade
  • Ractis
  • Ist
  • Corolla Axio
  • bB
  • Camry
  • Sai
  • Allion
  • Premio
    And the list goes on…

Many models do not carry the Toyota logo on the front…

Don Quijote

Quicky: if you ever get the chance to visit Don Quijote (Donki for short), do so. One of such shops is very close to Suehirocho subway station. (between it and Akihabara eki, station actually).

There are arcades, Pachinko & Slot, a maid café (with a waiting line), a whole floor and more dedicated to AKB48, lots of Love Live stuff and everything else you do or do not need.

There’s even a small selection of sex toys for him and even her. I think customs might give me a hard time if I were to bring any of that with me. xD

No home

Quicky: I have spotted almost no homeless people in Japan, I think. But maybe once or twice have I seen some unfortunates here in Tōkyō.


Quicky: so the Japanese girl band AKB48 is pretty popular as well, it seems. They even have their own cafe near Akihabara eki (station).

AKB of course means Akihabara… For different places in the country there are like girl bands with similarly devised names.

Marketing machines are raking in the moneys.


Quicky: if I’m not mistaken, at November 15th an awesome Japanese splatter movie will come out. I have to see that. Somehow…



Follow up: it’s As The Gods Will (Kamisama no Iu Toori, 神さまの言うとおり)

Power source

Quicky: Subway lines, or rather trains, are a power source for subway stations? (I read this on an advertisement)


Love Live

Quicky: I may have mentioned this before, but the virtual girl band Love Live is pretty popular, I’d reckon. Lots of merchandise is to be found. If I would like J-Pop, then I’d probably buy some of that music. But I don’t, alas. 😛

(seriously, it sounds omoshiroi, interesting, but at the same time like Alvin and the Chipmunks)

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