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    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 27日 Monday


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    Suntory The Straight

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 16日 Thursday

    Finally, a new happoshu (the second rate beer imitation) that’s drinkable has returned to the market. After the demise of the original Santory Magnum Dry, I’ve been looking for drinkable happoshu as their price points are about 100 yen cheaper than real beer which usually start at around 220 yen. Suntory The Straight seems to be repackaged Magnum Dry, as it’s crisp and goes down easy. A poor man’s Asahi Super Dry, as you can say in both cases. It’s just that Magnum Dry had disappeared off the shelves in recent months (a year?) so I had been looking for a decent substitute and other happoshu just weren’t doing the job (let alone the sub-happoshu that’s classified as 3rd class “beer” made of soy beans, ugh, nothing half decent in this category, just move along). So, if you’re looking for Asahi Super Dry on the cheap for spring-summer drinking season, I recomment Suntory’s The Straight. Maybe an upcoming post about the hangover effects of this drink, as happoshu tend to give you worse hangovers than beer.


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    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 15日 Wednesday

    Britain’s Got Talent で47才のオバサン、スーザン・ボイルの熱唱

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    Strawberry Cones Returns

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 11日 Saturday

    This is part four in our Japanese pizza series (I’ve missed many opportunities in the mean time, I know) – see the left side panel.

    Strawberry Cones is having some kind of an anniversary, so they’ve come up with the Pizza Anniversary topped with shrimp, squid, two types of sausage, onions, parsley, and pizza sauce (they didn’t opt for any of the funky sauces, like mayonnaise based ones). But man, seafood and sausage and parsley, mmmmkay.


    This pizza is available until the end of May, so get your order in quick if you don’t want to miss out!

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    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 10日 Friday


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    Getting delivery? Make sure it’s sushi!

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 5日 Sunday

    TV commercial for Gin no Sara sushi chain.

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    WBC uniform watch

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 3日 Friday

    I’m sure many people noticed this, but some WBC uniforms are alarmingly similar to MLB uniforms. Guess that’s template at work (and lack of creative colour schemes due to flag colours, though not every nation adheres to their flag stripes). Anyways, without further ado, here they are:



    South Africa


    It was difficult to tell them apart on quick glance, especially since they played in the same pool in Mexico City.


    Oakland Athletics



    Different font, obviously, but pretty similar otherwise.

    Canada (home)


    LAnaheim Angels


    Canada has the faux vest thing going.

    Canada (away)


    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals Diamondbacks Baseball

    Reverse the font colouring, and you’re basically there.

    Dominican Republic



    Future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez pitching for his homeland, earning a job with the Mets in the process.

    Texas Rangers



    There’s that annoying underarm panel in many WBC jerseys, and the helmet bill’s different colour, but otherwise…



    LA Dodgers


    (Immortal Manny at work)

    Obviously. Was this done because of the Piazza-Lasorda connection from the first WBC?

    Netherlands (the Cinderella!)


    Baltimore Orioles


    Cap colours need to be reversed, and MLB teams seem to be fond of cursive fonts while WBC unis tend to use block fonts.

    Now for the more far fetched connections after this jump

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    Uppercut. Fail.

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 2日 Thursday


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    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 1日 Wednesday


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    World’s Most Alienating Airport

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 29日 Sunday

    Prague’s Franz Kafka International Named World’s Most Alienating Airport

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