The Weekly Bulletin: Week 9, 2015
It’s finally getting warmer in Tokyo! I’m 99% thrilled and 1% upset because the sneezing, coughing and general spring snotfest has already begun. Ahh, hay fever! Thank goodness for face masks, which do help a little bit. I wrote about how much I like Japanese surgical masks on Texan in Tokyo a while back. It’s not all about keeping pollen and viruses away!
- Spring isn’t all badーthink of all the flowers! Candy Kawaii Lover made a list of some great places to go and things to do this season. Most of them involving flowers, yay!
- If you ever find yourself in need of a taxi in Tokyo, there’s now an app available in English to help you get one. “Takkun” is available for iPhone, Android and MS Windows phones, and uses a simple 3-step system to call the nearest available taxi to your location hassle-free. I’ve not tried it since I’m too cheap (and stubborn!) to use taxis, but I can see it being a handy tool when you’re not on a main road and you just want to get back to your hotel/where you want to go. Has anyone tried this?
- Funky party people BRADIO have released their official video for the song “Flyers”, which is the opening theme for new anime Death Parade! If you’re looking for something to groove along to, this may be it!
- Kagome, a Japanese producer and distributor of tomatoes is in the lead for weirdest “campaign/invention/joke/not even sure what’s going on” for 2015 with its wearable tomato-feeding robot. Don’t ask, just watch:
Though the company obviously knows how cheesy this is, I’m amazed at the lengths they went to make this! The machine is real, and designed by famous art unit-meets-inventors Maywa Denki.
- YJ relearned the word “sunny side up” in his English studies the other day, and was quite sure I had never taught him that “weird word”, nor “easy over”, an equally mystifying term. Sunny side up in Japanese is 目玉焼き (medamayaki – literally “fried eyeball” ーhow’s that for a visual!)
- Speaking of eggs, we attended a local community event where people gather to cook and eat together. It was the second time for me, the first for YJ and a couple of friends I invited. The theme was scotch eggsーsomething I’ve only ever had store-bought. These homemade ones were really good though!
- I have another NHK World Tokyo Eye show coming up on March 11th! You can watch it online, or download the NHK World Live app. The show is on four times on the day it airsーbut be sure to check your timezone so you don’t miss it! ^^ This upcoming episode will be about different community projectsーbringing people closer together in a big (and sometimes quite lonely!) city like Tokyo. ^^
Do you suffer from hay fever? If you do, do you take medication or know any home remedies that work?