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    30日間で30球場制覇(予定)

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 27日 Monday

    凄いのが出てきたね。彼らは車でメジャー30球場を30日間で回る予定。既に雨天延期やダブルヘッダーで冷や冷やな状況もクリアしてきた、無理やりナイター2試合ぶった切ってハシゴなんてのもやってなんとかスケジュール通りに進んでるみたい。でも距離的にはまだまだ、移動距離の長い中西部や西部はここからだからね。前に飛行機を使ってこれをやった人がいたと思うけど、車では初なはず(飛行機は一人、車は複数人だけど)。

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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.

    straight

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    見た目じゃ分からない

    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.

    strawberry_cones_pizza_anniversary

    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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    デントナとガイエル

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 10日 Friday

    東京ヤクルトスワローズが沖縄の浦添でキャンプをしている間、新外国人のジェイミー・デントナとヤクルト3年目のアーロン・ガイエルは、休養日に一緒に釣りに行ったそうです。まあ、デントナの生涯の趣味が釣りという事なので、ガイエルはそれに仲良く付き合ったみたいですね。なんと、その時にマグロを75匹釣り上げたそうですが、ホントかいな?その時は波が4メートルもあったそうなので、ガイエルがまた行きたいかは微妙だそうですが、デントナは東京湾で釣りをする気満々だそうですw

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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:

    Australia

    wbc_australia_h

    South Africa

    wbc_sa_h

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

    wbc_sa_v

    Oakland Athletics

    mlb_oak_h

    mlb_oak_v2

    Different font, obviously, but pretty similar otherwise.

    Canada (home)

    wbc_canada_h1

    LAnaheim Angels

    mlb_laa_h

    Canada has the faux vest thing going.

    Canada (away)

    wbc_canada_v

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals Diamondbacks Baseball

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

    Dominican Republic

    wbc_dr_h

    wbc_dr_v

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

    Texas Rangers

    mlb_tx_h3

    mlb_tx_v

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

    Italy

    wbc_italy_v2

    LA Dodgers

    mlb_dodg_v3

    (Immortal Manny at work)

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

    Netherlands (the Cinderella!)

    wbc_ned_h

    Baltimore Orioles

    mlb_bal_h

    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

    punchfail

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    水野裕子のアイスホッケー

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 1日 Wednesday

    フジテレビのすぽるとのコーナーで一月にタレントの水野裕子が、SEIBUプリンスラビッツと一緒にアイスホッケーに挑戦しました。まあ、全く競技を知らない人にはアイスホッケー入門みたいな感じになれるかな?今日からは無いチームの西武側から参加してスケーティングやシュートの教え役は河合龍一、田中豪、そして長身のジョエル・パーピック。なんだか楽しそうです。もう西武のユニフォームも見れないんだね(といっても近年コロコロとチーム名とユニフォームを変えすぎていて全く愛着は無いのだが…)

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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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