Category: Links and Articles

New 360-kph bullet train ready for trial operations

04/07/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles, Trains
SENDAI -- The prototype of the next-generation bullet train designed to travel at 360 kilometers per hour has been brought to Sendai for trial operations, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said. Six "FASTECH 360Z" carriages were transported to Sendai… more »

Bulk Bogan Teaches English Slang

03/31/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles, Pro-Wrestling
One of Avoidinglife's loyal readers "Jason E" sent me this neat lesson plan he found. It's a lesson about English slang terms, and for some reason stars a Hulk Hogan-like cartoon character. I'd use it on my students, except most of them are still trying… more »

Stay In Your Lane

03/25/06 | by silverso | Categories: Novelty Music, Links and Articles
I never knew former sumo grand champion, and current kids TV star Konishiki released an album a while back, until I read this interesting article about pro-athletes turned rappers. more »

Escape to Canada

03/15/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles
An old buddy of mine in Toronto has a new documentary coming out this week called "Escape to Canada", and I thought I'd give him a little plug here. It's about how lots of Americans have been moving north in the last few years to smoke pot, get married… more »

Post-Japan Career Options

02/27/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles
Scene from A Day in the Life of Me Well it's sad to say, but the time is coming near for me to start planning for life after JET. After three years of getting paid to surf the net all day, and occasionally speak English its hard to think of any job… more »

2nd hand electronics sales will soon be illegal in Japan

02/23/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles
As of April 1st 2006, it will be illegal in Japan to buy or sell uncertified used electronics manufactured more than five years ago. Why? In short it's because electronics companies in Japan are greedy and the Japanese public are pushovers. This is cert… more »

The History of Purikura

02/16/06 | by silverso | Categories: Deep Thoughts, Links and Articles
Some JETs are addicted to cigarettes, others to booze and probably even a few to illegal drugs. While I don't suffer from any of those vices, I have developed a few other expensive addictions since coming to Japan. One of those addictions that I'm final… more »

Turning Un-Japanese

02/08/06 | by silverso | Categories: Links and Articles
Just because I haven't posted any interesting articles in a while, here's a big long Newsweek article about how Japan and the West are becoming more and more like one another. Yeah I know, this topic's been done to death, but I thought this article does… more »

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