Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turning a Leaf While the Leaves Turn

Fireside Chat
Choosing the travel book that's right for you...

"Could I borrow your Frommer's? Oh, here it is. Bratislava. Hmm. Capital of Slovakia. Oh, here's a fun fact: You made out with your sister, man!"

Your Japanese lesson for today: expressing obligation, as in "I need to" or "I have to". Look here.

I have renounced a little of my ranting regarding the blatant Japanese commercialization of Christmas in response to a beautiful Christmas tree in Hondori shopping center, and seeing something very interesting while shopping for xmas presents in Tokyu Hands.

Apparently, in addition to their usual promiscuous garb, the girls in this fair country will be donning sexy Santa costumes. I saw at least three dozen varieties for sale in Tokyu Hands - innocent Santa, seductive Santa, evening gown Santa... it goes on. Think of something similar to the picture below.

How does an American celebrate Thanksgiving in a country which has no turkey, no football, and no Texas Hold 'Em to pass the time? In Hiroshima, a Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Kemby's with all the traditional food. Only one problem - it's too early for those of us with eikaiwa hours. Maybe next year I'll go home. Then again, the part time ¥255,000/month might make that a little difficult.

Thanksgiving Dinner

I don't know this photographer, but he or she has travelled far and wide in Japan to take some of the best pictures I've ever seen.

Photos of Japan

This Thursday is a national holiday, which may have just happened to coinicide with the American Thanksgiving. I learned that Canada celebrates their version of Thanksgiving in October... interesting. Enjoy this week, and the life you're living while doing it. Remember - you're in charge of the last of the Truffula seeds, because Truffula trees are what everyone needs.

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