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18 September 2006 @ 01:54 pm
It still can't beat Milk Tank Teacher Nene.. =^o^=  
Yes, it is what you think it is ------------------->

A few days ago, Eda, Erin and I went to Akihabara to.. well.. be nerds. Actually, Erin wanted some electronic things and the rest of us figured hey, why not tag along. It's been a long time since we've been to Akihabara. Almost the first thing that we noticed, though, was how much it changed.

Of course, some of the stores have changed, and anime's gotten to be more and more popular over there. Or at least, it's a lot more visual than before (the non-porny stuff). Games are still HUGE. But now they're trying to make things more 'family-oriented', it seems. Maid cafes are becoming HUGE, and a place where you can go on a date or with friends, even if you're girls. Not like how a year and a half ago, when Eda and I went to go to one, it was hard to find and out of the way. This time, we (a group of girls) were repeatedly handed fliers from girls in maid costumes advertising various cafes, and even a service that has maids washing your hair! =D

Actually, there's a lot more to Akihabara than just the nerdy gamey porny district that it's world-famous for. But I don't know anything about that except that there's a lot of office buildings, and one of my friends works somewhere in there. ^^ So we took the usual exit from the station, for "Electric Town". Akiharaba is quite unique, at least for Tokyo. It's true that there's a LOT LOT LOT of anime, games, electronics, and porn (pretty much in reverse order, I think). It's a place where you don't want to venture upstairs or downstairs in an innocent-looking electronics building without reading the floor guides first. Otherwise you'll wind up like I did on my first trip there, 2 years ago------ going up one single floor and finding yourself amidst a cornucopia of porn videos. The room's decor of course matched, and *coughs* the clientele........ I was really new to Japan at the time ("fresh off the boat" as we say sometimes...) and didn't have any friends yet; it was quite scary.

Anyways, there's a TINY import food store a little way off the main street, and after I was delighted to find Vanilla Cherry Dr Pepper (OMG sounds so GOOD!!! Even though I don't usually drink soda anymore), we nearly died at all of the fun candies that we found inside..... So here is just a bunch of pictures of weird things we found in Aki....

I am starved to death!!

But at least I'm a cute animal!!

Mr. Blubber tells you that "Cool Man, Blubber ist fun!"! More loving proof that engrish is not limited to asian countries. XD;;

I can't get over it.... who would EAT a candy named "Mr Blubber"?????!?! I mean, wow.... you'd definitely have to not know what it means to even want to go near it (other than to make fun of it and take pictures). Well, at least it's truthful??

I just thought that was cute.... and disturbing, but at least cute!!

I never in my entire life thought that I would see canned snail meat. Not too remarkable, except that it's snails... in a can. x.x.................... (okay, I do like Escargot but..) Hey, it seems that Mr. Snail is a baseball fan!

AHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!! On par with the "Big German Potato" cup noodle that I found earlier, non? ^o^

Would you like some English? Yummy!!! Oh wait, I see.... it's marmalade, not pureed people as I first thought... Good thing they put that subtitle there!

Van Damme's Coco Blubs.......... I don't need to say anything, do I?

Because Oden is so, so delicious anyways, let's have it in a can!! Yeay? (Okay I lie, it's not horrible.....natto is horrible.... but in a can?????)

And this was in a toy shop.... "Tomorrow's get high today!" Um........ well, the toy hot dog next to it is cute? Why is the marijuana joint holding a banana????

Umm..... they're baaaaaack!! Turns out that big horned thing is from some old campy monster movie (ala Godzilla, but see, Godzilla was classy in comparison ^.^)

Harry Potter is so totally sitting there on the left!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @o@

And the best of all... (nsfw)
Milk Tank Teacher Nene!!!
View 2.

I bet her students really loved her. ^-^ And in case we couldn't tell which part was her face and which was her bust, the makers kindly labeled it for us. Aww, how sweet ♥

By the way, the 16th was my 20year anniversary of arriving to Japan!! Yay!! ^o^ Here's to year number 3, may it bring many great things!! ^O^//
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on September 18th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
oo... am i the only one who likes Natto? honestly, when i was there... it was the most asked question i got, and they STARED at me when i said i liked it......
Melissa D. Johnson: Lina - Yummy!mippa on September 18th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
I am actually a natto-eater as well. It isn't my favorite thing in the world, but it isn't as bad as people make it out to be!

(Though I still love the fact that it looks like it came out of one of the Aliens...)
くらやみひみつkurayamihimitsu on September 18th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
yeah! i really never saw a problem with it.. but everyone else on the trip with me absolutely hated it....

(and yeah, it looks so utterly weird. XD and sticky...)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 18th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
It's a matter of taste. I thought it was worse than I'd ever heard. To me, it tasted like I'd already thrown up in my mouth, only it was the taste of the natto. X.x. A lot of kids in Japan don't like it either.

I still rate natto as the worst thing that I've ever tasted in my life, but I know people who like it. Just like there are weird people that like, say, blue cheese. x.x
Miyumiyu_princess on September 18th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
I nearly faint when I think of natto. I think it is the most loathsome gross thing there is. makes me shiver to even think about it!
Bryan: make it happenitzwicks on September 18th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Okay, I can go back to Philadelphia as I have now seen everything! :P

And congrats on your anniversary. I trust you have made the most of your time there, and am having the time of your life.
アナベル: Haru heehikaru_yui on September 18th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
A lot of things... =.= I want to go! hahahaha
it seems that you ejoy a lot!

congrats for the anniversary!

Chiakichiaki777 on September 18th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
omg I want that dog thing. XD That's so cute, inexplicably cute. XD

Anyway, mmm akihabara probably has changed with the recent advent of media surrounding them... I wonder how many of the porn stors are left... as overpriced as they were, they were cool... XD
Melissa D. Johnson: AyuxMorita-Underpantsmippa on September 18th, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
I think the change also has a lot to do with the fact that the giant Yodobashi Camera opened several months ago, so a lot of families head over in that direction to do their shopping these days...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on September 18th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC)
There was already a Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara... is this another one or just a remodel?
shmeebs on September 18th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)

*does the blub dance*
r j00 teh nwe pimp l0rdz?: ToshiMachanryoko293 on September 18th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)
still can't get over the Brause-Glückstaler cuz it 'wirkt sofort' lol
tenikime: Got it Memorized? A-X-E-Ltenikime on September 18th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
so much weird stuffXD
超ちゃ人: Kodocha: Sana vs. Aktio XDchochajin on September 18th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
Wow great and interesting photos !~
Thanks for sharing them *bows* I like the 'German' stuff (of course XDDD)
racingwindracingwind on September 18th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
*blink* That was interesting...very interesting...o_o...
Have late anniversary. :)
The Queen of Lame and Typo Errors.: echizen ryouma || ...cow costume?aestalitz on September 18th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
Seriously, I thought that Mr Blubber thing was soap and not some kind of candy. D: And it's been a long time since I've eaten snail; the last time was some sort of sea snail or something.
C L O V E Ridyllica on September 18th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! :D ♥
+babymoss on September 18th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Lololol, that teacher! Hahaha :D

I want one of those candy filled soccermen.. love them.
angeangelamori on September 18th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)
oh man... that bust frickin' scares me. O_o;;;;
Josie Dangerjosiedanger on September 18th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
This is an awesome post. I miss Japan now, because of fun trips like this! I remember going to Akihabara while I was in Tokyo. While there I went into a model store, and there *it* was, just standing there... staring at me, a life sized Evangelian model (about 5'7"), it was pretty awesome, couldn't touch it though. They have a lot of interesting things that make no sense whatsoever in Japan, but hey, that's what makes Japan so much fun to visit. :)

Also, I hope you don't mind, but I added you as one of my friends.
Chazagichazagi on September 18th, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
2 years? Boy, that's long time to look forward but short time to look back. From what I have read you seem to have enjoyed that time very much, even with the bad days and moments ^^ Congrats! I want to be able to read of your third year anniversary next *wink*

Those Engrish pictures that you have taken during your time have been hilarious. What is it with Japanese and English when a lot of them don't seem to be able to speak it xD
josei_chan on September 19th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Congrats on the anniversary.

Never had natto... but I've tried vegimite.... now that is something I couldn't stomach... fermented yeast. When attending my friends wedding... her fiance at that time brought small jars of vegimite for us Canadians to try. Yuck. But I watched in horror as the Aussies woofed down the vegimite. Shudder....
ferricyanide on September 23rd, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
You know what the sad thing is?
Mr. Blubber is not Engrish. I'm from Germany, and everbody here talks that way. It's modern to use English words with German. Every second phrase I hear contains "cool", "man", "fun", "sound" and other stuff.
We call it Denglish.

Milk Tank Teacher Nene ... very nice. I would never ever go back to school, if my teachers would walk around like that.
What: Auspacksparrowlicious on October 10th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Not only in Germany ;)
Seems like all german speaking countries are infected with... "Denglish" xD

(I'm from Austria ^^)
snapes_mistresssnapes_mistress on September 23rd, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
This post was FABULOUS! Canned escargot... ha ha!