Pepsi Mont Blanc

MJG Food / Drink, Japan 1 Comment

Pepsi Mont Blanc is the latest in a series of crazy-flavored products in the Japanese soft drink market. Past favorites include- Pepsi Blue Hawaii Pepsi Yoghurt Pepsi Ice Cucumber Pepsi Baobab Pepsi Beefsteak (shiso) Pepsi Beans (azuki) And that’s not even mentioning the Coke products. Mont Blanc is an Italian dessert of whipped cream and chestnuts on a meringue cake or tart. I picked up the drink without really knowing what the dessert was- I guess I never ate many chestnuts growing up in the UK. In Japan though they’re very popular, as ice cream flavors, on cakes, and now …

Broken English #2 Eat my house

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As an English teacher I`m constantly hearing strange manipulations of the language.
Most of them don`t make any sense, but on occasion they could, with a little creative interpretation.

Try to guess what the intended version of this sentence was.

Every day I eat my house for lunch.

Broken English #1 Huge Employees

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As an English teacher I`m constantly hearing strange manipulations of the language. Most of them don`t make any sense, but on occasion they could, with a little creative interpretation. Try to guess what the correct version of this sentence should be. The Company fired huge employees.

Sensouji Temple, Asakusa

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Ages ago now I went to Sensouji Temple for some reason, I can’t really remember. SY and I were doing a bit of Tokyo tourism I guess. I prepped these photos months ago but never got round to posting them, so here they are. If you like looking at shrines, you might enjoy these.

Tiger Man sighted!

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Yesterday SY and I went to see `I love you Philip Morris` in Shinjuku Piccadilly. As is our style now, we bought KFC in with us, sat in the front rows, and guzzled for about half of the movie. The movie itself is pretty funny, and quite sweet at points, with Ewan Mcgregor acting all adorable and Jim Carrey hopelessly in love with him. Anyway, what I`m talking about here is Tiger-man. I spotted Tiger Man as we were leaving the theater. I guess he was watching the same movie. SY didn`t see him so for about five floors we …

First lesson with Alfie

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So today I had my first lesson with Alfie Goodrich, a pro photographer based in Tokyo. It was my first time to use the new SB-600 flash I bought for my camera, and first time to go off camera. It was pretty awesome, and I`m psyched about future possibilities, especially for haikyo, and shooting people in haikyo. We`ll see. Here`s one shot we came up with. We had no model so I just shot Alfie. Without a flash this shot is basically impossible- it`s too dark. In haikyo I`ve been using HDR so far, but am confident better results can …

Friend Bakery

MJG Food / Drink, Japan, Japangrish 2 Comments

A tasty nibble I snacked upon in Kyushu- though probably available all over Japan. Just smack your surf-board sleeping friend over the head and bake her into a biscuit.       More Japangrish and J-products than you can shake a stick at.

Belly of the Whale – Yurakucho Forum

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I’ve wanted to shoot the interior of the Yurakucho International Forum for some time, but only now got round to doing it- pushed ahead by a meeting with international jet-setter and club photographer Joshua Dearing. We did a photowalk around the structure, then through Ginza, finishing up in the big Starbucks where we talked plenty about extending life and Apple’s next product release. HDR of 3 RAW images stopped 2 f’s apart, with Color Efex Pro applied.

Fukuoka

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SY and I went to Fukuoka last week for onsen and haikyo- here’s a night shot from the 24th floor of the massive JAL hotel. That’s Fukuoka Tower on the right. Shots of the various haikyo (WW2 era suicide boat training facility, 19th century prison, Kawamina Shipyard, and the Russian Village-esque Porcelain land) coming over the next few weeks.