Tag Archives: Tokyo

Japanese bodybuilders flex their muscles

Asian guys can be built too, you know! Just check out these male bodybuilders posing at the Japan Bodybuilding Championships in Tokyo last Monday. I think some of them need to work on their spray-on tans. Hot or not?




I just found a picture of their girlfriends on China Daily.




Principal of a Tokyo international school caught smuggling drugs

Holy crap, I thought this stuff only happens in movies! Shirley Lane, the principal of the kindergarten or junior school of the International School of Sacred Heart, and her husband Thomas, have been arrested for smuggling marijuana into Japan. They tried to have someone mail 5.9 grams of weed, stuffed between clothing, from another country. The husband also admitted to bringing in $100 worth of the drug to Japan, which he purchased in Florida. The police found small amounts of pot in the principal’s office and home.

Wow, I actually attended the school for a brief period in high school. Who knew the administration were more wild than the students!



See you at the dog: Japan’s ultimate meeting spot

At first glance, it’s just an average bronze dog statue,  but there’s something about Hachiko that makes it one of the most famous meeting spots in Japan. I sometimes see more than a hundred people milling around, making it really frustrating to find someone. And yet, I always find myself back there. It’s an unspoken rule of thumb: people with plans in Shibuya almost always meet up at the dignified Hachiko statue. The reason behind the choice of waiting spot speaks volumes about the Japanese people’s love of culture and history.

An Akita dog born in 1923, Hachiko is a well-loved figure in Japanese history and a national symbol of loyalty. The tale is, Hachiko would go to the Shibuya station to greet his master, college professor Hidesamuro Ueno, as he returned home from work. One day Ueno suffered a stroke and did not return, but Hachiko continued to make his daily trips to the station for ten years without fail until his death. When the statue of Hachiko was erected, it became a popular waiting spot among locals, keeping the spirit of Hachiko alive.



Juicy, meatier maids to serve your flubber fetish

It’s quite refreshing to see a maid cafe with chunkier servers, especially in Japan, a country swamped with stick-thin Japanese women. I remember asking a salesgirl how she managed to stay so thin, and she replied nonchalantly, “I don’t eat.” Right. Still, despite the overwhelming preference for skinny gals, there are those that want more junk in the trunk. Enter the Tokyo-based Pomeranian Maid Cafe, fully equipped with a minimum weight requirement for its wait staff. Ichigo, the woman and brains behind this cafe, used to work at a regular maid cafe and felt inferior because of her weight. She then decided to turn the heft to her advantage, and thus Pomeranian was born. I’m just a little disturbed that they used my dog Peanut’s breed as the name of the cafe.

Click here for in depth interviews with the flabulous gals.


Ooey gooey poop burger

Japan is way ahead of its peers in edible poop research. In 1993, they found a way to turn poop into meat substitute, thanks to scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda from the Environmental Assessment Center in Okayama.

Ikeda created and named the “shit burger” which is made out of soy, protein extracted from poop, and steak sauce essence. The substitute costs 10 to 20 times than real meat because of the amount of money that went into the research.



Pick a host boy, any host boy

When Amy came to visit me in Japan, she took this picture outside a host club in Kabukicho, a notorious red light district in Tokyo. These guys look like they’re from Kat-tun or V6 or some other pretty-boy group. They all have immaculately styled hair, perfectly plucked/drawn eyebrows, and shiny eyes (teary eyes make you look vulnerable.) Which one is your favorite host boy?


Umbrella vending machines

On one of my trips back to Tokyo, I spotted this umbrella vending machine at a car park in Roppongi. Another cool, but practical Japanese invention.