Last Day in Japan

08/08/06 | by silverso | Categories: Photos

When in Japan, Richard Gere stays at the Dandy House.

I had a couple of days to kill in Tokyo before my flight home, so I did my best to get in as much "wacky Japan" as I could before landing back in "boring Canada".

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08/07/06 | by silverso | Categories: Deep Thoughts

From Akihabara

A Journey to the Stars

08/07/06 | by silverso | Categories: Novelty Music, Pro-Wrestling, Trains

A little while ago I wrote about a bullet train themed pro-wrestler in Japan named Hayate. One reason I did this was because I liked the idea of using both my train and pro-wrestling blog categories for the same post. Well, when I was in Tokyo killing time before heading home I found this Japanese wrestling theme CD which among other things contained Hayate's groovy theme song! Now that I've achieved the train-wrestling-music trifecta all that's left to do is to somehow find a way to combine those three things with McDonald's.

Here are the two tracks that make up Hayate's song:

Preamble (Sounds from the Tohoku Hayate shinkansen train)
The Song

While I'm at it, here's a funny version of Taka Michinoku's theme song for those of you that like your shamisen music laced with obscenities.

Bye bye!!

07/31/06 | by silverso | Categories: Deep Thoughts

This is my last post from Japan. Tomorrow morning I'm off for Tokyo, and then my status of local celebrity will be no more when I return to the mean multicultural streets of Toronto. What will I do now? What will become of Well, I guess you'll just have to wait and see.

What am I going to do with this thing?

07/28/06 | by silverso | Categories: Trains

About a year and a half ago I bought a small train set from Toys R Us in Aomori City. It seemed a little small so I bought some extra track for it. Then I thought that maybe it could use another train or two. Well things kind of snowballed from there when I foolishly decided to try to collect all the trains that go through Noheji town. Now I have almost all of them, except for the elusive Super Hakucho which I can only seem to find here. My collection even includes a model of the rare Doraemon Undersea Train. Anyway, until yesterday when I tore it down, my model train set took up an entire bedroom in my ridiculously large apartment! I don't know if or when I'll ever have another apartment with enough space for this thing. What am I going to do?

Final Months

07/24/06 | by silverso | Categories: Photos

A dandy among dandies.

Here are some random shots from the last couple of months.

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Enter... Zombie King

07/24/06 | by silverso | Categories: Pro-Wrestling


I was browsing the DVD section at Hirosaki's Sakurano store yesterday and was shocked to discover this obscure Canadian low budget zombie movie. In the film, zombies start to take over the world and the only ones that can stop them are a bunch of masked Mexican wrestlers. I was tempted to buy the movie, even though DVDs here are region 2 and thus unplayable back home, but it cost over 50 bucks so resisted the urge. The film is the brain child of Stacey Case, who is also a member of the faux-Mexican wrestling masked band the Tijuauna Bibles, owns a punk rock T-shirt print shop, runs a pillow fighting league, and works for the infamous website For more on Zombie King read this. Update: Click here to watch the trailer

Bye bye Noheji High!

07/21/06 | by silverso | Categories: Deep Thoughts, Photos

Today was the last day of classes before the summer break, and my last day of teaching in Japan. At the end of the day I had to give a speech to the whole school in Japanese! I was pretty nervous about it as I somehow managed to avoid learning any Japanese during my three years here. My wonderful supervisor Kaori was kind enough to translate into Japanese a speech I wrote and even helped me with pronunciation. I think I did a pretty good job, but it's hard for me to say for sure. After the speech I was presented with a great big beautiful bouquet of flowers, which made me feel a little "natsukashi" for when I first learned of this custom upon my initial arrival here three years ago. The principal also gave me that cute mini kokeshi doll too.

Just as I was leaving, some students from one of my best classes rushed out to my car and handed me this really nice plaque they made for me. All this love has got me feeling a little vaklempt!

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