The new face of Japan
Archive for September, 2008
Now, I don’t mind the occasional complement, but this was just weird.
It seems like most every store/ business/ company in Japan has its own mascot character.
“Create” (a drug store chain) is no exception. Their mascot, seen around the shop and on seasonal coloring pages kids can do at home and then bring back tithe store to have them displayed, is a very cheerful hippo. I can’t recall any associations between hippos and health – and there probably aren’t any – which means the character choice makes as much sense as any of the hundreds of other mascots.
But at least it’s cute.
After ages of inactivity, I started posting again – and even went 5 days in a row. Then the weekend came and I didn’t write at all. So what happened? Two things.
1. I wasn’t feeling so hot. Not that I was actually sick or anything. I was just tired and had no energy.
2. I started playing World of Warcraft.
I’ve never been into MMOs before, but I started playing Mu Online since M. does and I wanted there to be a game we could share and play together. Mu’s not a bad game, just a bit dated. The graphics and interface aren’t up to the standards I want from my games, but I stuck with it and now my character is pretty cool.
I’d seen stuff on WoW ever since it came out, but always avoided it. I know I have a very addictive/obsessive personality. For that reason alone I never even tried any MMO. I know what massive time-sinks they can be. I know I’ll get sucked in and play for hours on end.
And I wasn’t wrong.
WoW is very nice. It offers what I want from a game and looks good, even with the visuals turned down to keep my MacBook from running too hot.
Of course, now I want a full-on gaming PC so I can run it with everything maxed out at 1080p on my projector… ^.^
I don’t know that anybody other than me ever checks this site anymore (with less than 10 posts in all of 2007, I suspect that everybody considers it dead), but just in case somebody does, I’ll explain.
When the iPhone came out in Japan this July I was crazy about getting one. I scoured all sorts of news sites, read up on the specs and was all set to camp out for one.
Thankfuly I didn’t have to. (But getting the phone will be the subject of another post.)
Shortly after the iPhone came out, WordPress released an app that makes posting and managing a blog much easier. It’s not perfect yet, but it works well enough for now. There is a big in of though – one that prevents me from making my old-style, split posts with the full text on a separate page. That’s not a deal-breaker, and it has the effect of giving the main page a more interesting look, especially if the post contains a photo.
So of you see antythimg posted in this category, that means it was done on the phone, and maybe even while I was out and about somewhere.
Thus the category name. ^.^