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Cowboy BEBOP - recommended Japanimation [pop-culture]

This is one of my favorite Japanimation back in 1998 but it's quality is still very high and I'm sure everyone will enjoy if you like animation from Japan.

Distinguishing thing about this "Cowboy BEBOP" is that it's music is composed by Yoko Kano; who also composed music for "Ghost in the Shell" series. I love her sence of composing soundtracks for Japanimation, for example, RISE and Inner Universe of Ghost in the Shell SAC is one of my heavy rotation in iTunes.

She also composed music for Gundam and Macros series, I guess you'll understand how famous she is in Japanimation field.

Cowboy BEBOP is her representative work, which made her so famous, the music is kind of JAZZ flavor and got the "13th Animation Album of the Year" here in Japan.

Finally DVD-BOX of Cowboy BEBOP is now on sale, I got one for my own! If you take pride in being a fan of Japanimation, you should try it.




COWBOY BEBOP DVD-BOX (初回限定版)

COWBOY BEBOP DVD-BOX (初回限定版)

  • 出版社/メーカー: バンダイビジュアル
  • メディア: DVD



攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T.+(プラス)

攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T.+(プラス)

  • アーティスト: TVサントラ,Origa,Gabriela Robin,Scott Matthew,Ilaria Graziano,Jillmax,HIDE,Chris Mosdell,Tim Jensen,TROY
  • 出版社/メーカー: ビクターエンタテインメント
  • 発売日: 2004/02/25
  • メディア: CD



Free Windows shared hosting service by First Server ! [Good Deals]

Japanese Web hosting company called "First Server" (Microsoft Gold Certified partner) started free windows hosting service for personal usage.

http://www.fsdotnet.jp/express/index.html

You cannot use them for commercial use but you would find out the service to be satisfactory such as;

 

  • 100 MB space for Web
  • 100 MB space for Database
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • SQL Server 2005
  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • ASP.NET AJAX
  • M3 Blog pre-installed (MT like application on .NET Framework)
  • (Original domain name optional)

But please be careful that you CANNOT use email on this server. Please refer to functional list

http://www.fsdotnet.jp/express/list.html (Sorry in Japanese)

 

Can you imagine Windows Server and SQL server for FREE. I don't know other Windows hosting environment which is free. Most of the cheap hosting servers are on Linux / FreeBSD, it is pretty rare on Windows since they charge SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement) fee for First Server. I don't think Microsoft Japan is making any discount for First Server so I'm not sure how they manage to profit from this service, but anyway it's totally free for us.

 

I know it's more popular to use PHP or Ruby for Web scripting, but if you are trying to learn ASP.NET it may be a good choice to try and test your Windows application.

I love coding on Windows / .NET Framework since it's much easier to write managed code secure using Visual Studio. Expression Web and Expression studio may also help creating rich web application on Windows Server.

Microsoft has been behind on Web server area, but as seen in recent Yahoo! deal, they are serious on catching up on Web strategy. I'm sure they will be doing anything they can to gain share on internet web server, it will be good chance to get used to ASP.NET.

 

By the way, http://www.iis.net/ is a fantastic site to start learning "Internet Information Services" (IIS) and ASP.NET programming. IIS6.0 and IIS7.0 currently supports PHP too and its performance is on par with Apache/PHP.





No.1 ramen (noodle) shop near Nakameguro - Shrimp wrapped in dough [gourmet]

About 15 minutes walk from Nakameguro station, there is a ramen (noodle) shop called "Yakumo". Their "Sio-Ebi-Wantan-Men" (Salty shrimp wrapped in dough) is my No.1 ramen in Tokyo area.

This shop used to be closer to Nakameguro station in the local shopping avenue (Meguro Ginza) but moved to current location about a year ago. It's a bit far from my house so I take a bicycle everytime.

My recommendation is of course, a "Sio-Ebi-Wantan" noodle but you can choose soy sauce flavor too and it is also good[るんるん]

There is a huge noodle shop database in Japan called "Ramen Database"
http://ramendb.supleks.jp/
It's only in Japanes but I don't know any noodle shop that isn't registered in this database. It's that exhaustive and so useful.

"Yakumo" database is listed here;
http://ramendb.supleks.jp/shop/10
as you can see, most of them score them above 90 points out of hundred.

You just can enjoy the photo of the noodle served here,
http://ramendb.supleks.jp/photo/shop/10
I guess you can imagine how good it is and useful even if you don't read Japanese [わーい(嬉しい顔)]

Noodle Yakumo


Yawaraka Sensha - Soft Tank (Can you imagine?) [Others]

I love this stupid character called "Yawaraka Sensha" in Japanese. It means a soft Tank (combat car) which is so weak and useless but heals a wounded world and people's heart. I love the concept of this cartoon, which teach us the lesson that "there is nothing useless in this world. YOU have some meaning that you were born in this world".

Sorry that there aren't english caption in the Youtube, but I guess you can feel the funny part of it!



You can find the other stories and blog parts (Official Site ) here
http://anime.livedoor.com/yawaraka/



Sweet bun that makes you happy [gourmet]

Let me introduce you a very famous sweet bun in Mishuku (Setagaya) area. It's called "A sweet bun that makes you happy". If you see the photo of the bun below, I think you'll understand what I'm saying.

http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/rstdtlphoto/13001440/?individual=12
(Smileys on the bun!)

In Japanese we call them "Cream Bread" but I know its a Japanese English word and native speakers won't understand. This Cream Bread is a sweet bun with a sweet cream inside the buns. We call them "Cream Bread (Cream Pan)" in Japanese.

Here is the official website of the bakery.
http://www.laterre.com/boulangerie/
(They take internet orders too. )

The map to the store is here, it's not far from Sangen-chaya, Ikejiri Ohashi which is 1 stop by train from Shibuya station.


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Let's spread FireFox3 - the best internet browser! [PC]

Let's join in our mission to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours!
Firefox3 is my favorite, most advanced internet browser in the world! Let's participate in this memorial event!

Download Day

Don't you think the banner is so cute?

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Firefox3 made guinness record for 24 hours download! Congratulation!!
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However, there is issue installing in Thinkpad X61 but it is a known issue. Please refer to KB below;
http://support-stage.mozilla.org/kb/Chrome+registration+failed
It says "Chrome registration fails" due to incompatibility with Lenovo Password manager but it doesn't have any problem using Firefox3 on Thinkpad. (You cannot use password manager though)

Thanks again for the cooperation!

Another blog site of Akihabara (Akihabara Blog) [PC]

Let me introduce another Akihabara information blog site targeting Akihabara's pop-culture and Japanimation.
"Akiba Blog (アキバBlog)
This is a little more adult-oriented Akihabara information site, please be careful before you watch.

http://en.akibablog.net/
(Original Japnese site is here http://blog.livedoor.jp/geek/)

It's interesting that mosaic to protect portrait rights comes from Japanimation called "Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex" (The laughing man)

laughingman.gif

By the way, Ghost in the Shell will be renewed by Spielberg and released in July 12th in Tokyo, Osaka.
http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/04/spielberg-to-ma.html

The official site of "Ghost in the Shell 2.0" is announce to be here but it still doesn't exist. I need to keep watching! I just can't wait till the release of this fantastic movie!!

http://www.www.koukakukidoutai2.0.com/



攻殻機動隊S.A.C. TRILOGY-BOX (Blu-ray) (初回限定生産)

攻殻機動隊S.A.C. TRILOGY-BOX (Blu-ray) (初回限定生産)

  • 出版社/メーカー: バンダイビジュアル
  • メディア: Blu-ray



Hydrangea is beautiful in Hama-rikyu Garden [Sight seeing]

Starting from 6/14 to 6/29, Hydrangea is the nice season in Japan, you can see them at Hamarikyu Garden.

There will also be a Tanka and Haiku (thirty-one syllabled verse) ceremony reading about Hydrangea during this time. As you know Hydrangea is flower of Baiu (rainy season) in Japan, it might be difficult to find sunny days but its worth watching Hydrangea in a spatter of rain.

You'll find English homepage of Hama-rikyu Gardens below.[るんるん]
http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/hama-rikyu/index.html

You also can find infomation of other scenic parks in Tokyo on the same website, such as Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (Bunkyo-ku) and Rikugien Gardens (Bunkyo-ku).

Below is the map of Hama-rikyu Garden. In the lower middle area, you can see "Nakajima-no-ochaya". This is the traditional Japanese tea house. You can enjoy Japanese tea (Omacha) here.
Hamarikyu.gif

How to access the garden, please see their website or see below;

Toei O-edo Line Shiodome Sta. E-19, Tsukiji-shijo Sta. E-18 or Yurikamome Shiodome Sta. (7 minutes on foot)

JR or Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Toei Asakusa Line, Shimbashi Sta. (10 minutes on foot) G-08, A-10

Boat: Suijo Bus (Asakusa—Hama-rikyu—Hinode-Sambashi)


Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

  • 作者: Glyn Church
  • 出版社/メーカー: Firefly Books Ltd
  • 発売日: 2001/03/03
  • メディア: ペーパーバック




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Cool english site introducing Akihabara [Sight seeing]

I found a very interesting and useful (and full of contents!) site introducing Akihabara; especially on its pop-cultural side. Let me refer to site owner's explanation of the site

"Akibanana is a community site that aims to bring fans of Japanese pop-culture, anime, and technological innovations closer to the Japanese creators and Akihabara - our Otaku Holyland".

Akibanana

I'm sure you'll enjoy Japanimation information, "Maid" culture and the "Otaku" news in Akihabara [ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Akibanana.gif
Have fun!


Women-only train car in Japan [Others]

Starting from year 2000, several railway companies started "women-only train car" during the rush hours. Tokyu Toyoko line which I use often also has women only car on weekdays. Starting from the first train to 10AM to Shibuya and 5PM to last train from Shibuya station. The middle car (car number 5) is the women only car. Most of the train company sets the women only car in the very front or very but Tokyu Toyoko line has it on the middle. Please watch out! [どんっ(衝撃)]

By the way, is there any "women only car" in other western countries? I know that there are one in Taiwan and South Korea but I don't know other example in western countries. I think these custom are going too far but there were so many harassment case back in year 2000 and before.

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