It’s a bit hard to see, but here is a poster demonstrating one of the ways the police subdue criminals here, but in this case it’s actually train station staff grabbing some dude who didn’t pay his train fare.
To minimize contact and risk of injury they have these big claws. Two cops can get one on either side and you’re basically stuck.
You know you take your mobile gaming seriously when you use two devices at the same time. I couldn’t figure out if he was playing two different games, playing with himself, or using one for information on the other. Illegally taking his photo was as much a risk as I could justify.
Seasonal drinks, all kinds of local branding, this is something that Japanese people, and people that visit Japan love. I got sucked in from my first days and now check the changing of the season with whatever drinks that are on offer.
Pepsi basically makes a unique drink bi-annually, but is that a good thing?
It’s Pepsi, but it had a slightly different aftertaste. Spicer would be appropriate since that is relative.
At the same time they came out with the J-cola midnight, which they recommended you drink after you take an evening bath instead of your Japanese tea.
This still had caffeine in it, so if you were planning on going to bed, plan on at least staying up…until midnight.
You don’t need to come up with a new flavor to reel people in. When Coke branded their bottles with people’s names, sales went way up. Here they also have the locally branded version, hoping that you will feel the need to travel all over Japan to complete your collection.
In just a few months NinjaNewsJapan has seen a lot of growth. People are recommending it and doing all the supporting things you need to grow without me begging them to do it. January 2018 was a record month as NNJ surpassed my other, much longer running podcast
Surprisingly, I’m super happy about it.
I’ll keep doing my best, and hopefully improve throughout 2018. Thank you to everyone.
At the beginning of this new year there was a bit of a brew ha ha as people got all worked up about a comedian on an annual special coming out in Blackface. The theme was cop shows and movies, thus one of the leads wanted to be Axel Foley, which could only be done in full make up. Take a gander:
It set people off. I have had this conversation with Japanese people before and they just don’t get it overall. Most people see it as emulation or imitation as a form of flattery and any explanation to the contrary is received with confused looks. Not sharing or understanding that history makes the issue difficult to understand.
Here is an interesting side note. There is this famous person in Japan who is primarily famous for being really tanned, which Japanese people often refer to as “black”. That was enough for him to get his own chip line:
See that white blotch? Those are his teeth. They’ve clearly darkened him up with make up, but they are’t trying to imply that he is mimicking a black person. Does this fall into the same category? I honestly have no idea. When they do a white frosted or yogurt covered chip we can explore my outrage.