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Hiroko Mima – Miss Universe Japan 2008

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Hiroko Mima has won the 2008 Miss Universe Japan. Hiroko, a university student and athlete from Tokushima in Western Japan, was selected from amongst 9 other beautiful ladies to represent Japan at the Miss Universe competition in Hanoi, Vietnam on July 14 later this year. Having had the pleasure of meeting Hiroko, and two of […]

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BTO Party

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IT had a mid-project party in Andys Bar in Yurakucho. We set out to beat the budget of Â¥500,000. The 8 pint Guiness was popular – we went through at least 3 of them.

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103" Viera TV

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This 103″ TFT is amazing. I was looking at it for about 15 minutes in Yodobashi Camera in Ginza today while looking for a TV stand for my 15 year old 27″ TV which has been sitting on the floor for 2 years. At 1.3 million yen the Viera was kinda over of my budget. Sorry about the picture, […]

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End of World Postponed

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The Panawave Laboratory cult predicted that the world would end on May 15th. They postponed it until May 22nd when it failed to end on schedule. They’re still travelling around in white vans, wrapping up trees and fences in white cloth while they figure out why the world isn’t cooperating with them.

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The Japan Journals

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Chapter 1 – Arrival It is 4 o’clock in the afternoon of the 26th of November 1988. I am lying on my bed in the Ivy Flat Hotel in the Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan. Two days ago I was left to Dublin Airport by my mother and my brother Alan, and after a quick […]

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Danger on Tokyo Roads

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I passed the Japanese driving test! Thanks to Matt who lent me the text books and sample papers, and Ga-chan who let me use his car on the Samezu test course for a couple of weekends, I passed the infamous Ippatsu Shobu. It only cost about Â¥30,000 – not bad compared to the Â¥350,000 it […]

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Windsurfing

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Went windsurfing with Itoh-san and Pon-chan after a heavy night out with Quadruple. Even with a Quadruple hangover, I had a great day windsurfing. Itoh “Ku”, Pon and I got the train down to Zushi. Abe-san followed us down a bit later. We jumped into our wetsuits and hit the beach. The teacher showed us […]