Showing posts from February, 2015

First Plum Blossoms of 2015

This has been a very cold winter in Japan and it snowed about six or seven times this winter season. 
I have seen the first plum blossoms of the year around the neighborhood and taken photos of them. I saw the first one yesterday, so today I went out and took a few photos in spite of it being rainy. And, as I do every year, I'd like to post just a few photos for you of the first arrivals of the blossoms.
As the cold still remains, the blossoms show us that spring is right around the corner.

May all you dreams come true in 2015!

Japan's Debt to GDP Hits 400%!

Incredible! Over at Zerohedge, I just read an article entitled: This Is The Biggest Problem Facing The World Today: 9 Countries Have Debt-To-GDP Over 300% (

Here's the chart from that article showing the top 16:

It doesn't comfort me at all that the USA is 16th with debt at 233% of GDP.

There's only one way out of this mess, folks; the governments and central banks must create inflation. The way they will do this is by depreciating our currencies by more printing. 

It's the only way out for them.

Got gold? Silver?

Robot55 Discount Video Production in Tokyo

Even though I haven't been blogging on this blog (my own blog) these past few days, I have been blogging religiously everyday over at a new video production business we started in Tokyo. That company is called Robot55. 

Robot55 Top Page image
That's not Robot "Fifty- Five," it is "Robot Go-Go." "55" in Japanese can be pronounced as "Go-Go."

Robot55 is a discount professional video production service in Tokyo. We specialize in 30 second and 60 second internet-use videos to promote businesses, organizations, products, restaurants, bars and services.

The reason all our commercial videos are 30 seconds or 60 seconds? Well, data gathered by research agencies show that there are two very important numbers to remember when making a video to promote your business, product or service. They are "10 Seconds" and "15 Seconds."

“10 seconds.” That’s how long you have to grab the attention of viewers in a video marketing clip. According …

I Was a Teenage Converse All-Star!

It's not everyday one can be at the center of a massive national advertising campaign for one of the coolest shoe makers in the world, but I was. Hence the title of this post: I was a Teenage Converse All-Star! (Okay, that part about being a teenager? That's a lie. I'm 57. But the rest is true. So please allow me to brag. I usually don't get that chance in my mealy existence!) 

So, thank you God! Thank you Punk Rock! Thank you InterFM! Thank you Converse! Read more below!

創立100周年を超えるコンバース!毎週日曜日「What The Funday!」10:15からの「CONVERSE - THE SOUND OF CALIFORNIA」
毎週カリフォルニアのアーティストを1組ピックアップしてご紹介!さらに、 タロヲの「カリフォルニア小話」も放送中。実はこの小話、コンバースオフィシャルサイト内の特設ページで、いつでも聞けるんだよね!URLは
僕らがCONVERSEのモデルとして登場しているとっておきの画像もみれるよ!InterFMからもアクセス出来ます。「CONVERSE - THE SOUND OF CALIFORINIA」チェックしてね。
Currently, the other two guys on my radio show, (WTF? What the Funday, InterFM, every Sunday morning 8 am ~ 11 am) George Williams and Taro Furukawa and I, am at…

Gaijin Gourmet: My Favorite Rock N Roll Diner & The Best Salad Bar Deal in Tokyo!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have come to the conclusion that the best salad bar deal in all of Tokyo is at my new favorite Rock N Roll diner, Big Boy. 

In fact, besides an incredible deal on the salad bar, Big Boy might be the best place to drink beer too! How so? Read on...

When I was a high school student living in the west in the mid seventies, we often went to Bob's Big Boy. It was cheap, er, I mean, inexpensive and the food was great. 
American style large comfortable seating... And, instead of Japan's J-Pop Hit Parade of Hell, they actually were playing American 1950s and 1960s Rock Music!

I didn't even know they had Bob's Big Boy (called simply "Big Boy") in Japan until the other day. I found one, incredibly, right by my house. It is in the opposite direction of the station so I had never even once walked by it in ten years. I did the other day when I went for a stroll and what a stroke of luck.
I walked in and checked the lunch menu. Are you kidding me? A full…

Measles Vaccinations? A "Professional" Speaks Out!

"Adolf Hitler wasn't vaccinated against Measles, either!" - Mike Rogers
"See? I told you Ebola was mutating! It has now mutated into a measles epidemic on the nightly news!" - That's by me too!

This measles vaccination nonsense is absurd.

It's not a question of public health. This is a question of property rights; do you own your own body?

At my house, we do not give our child a flu shot every year: we gathered information and made a judgement on cost and effectiveness vs. risk performance. We got him flu shots before, but these last 4 or 5 years, we opted out.

Unfortunately, our kid came down with the flu this year (his second time in eleven years). 

The children of my best friend, Taro, also got the flu this year. The difference? We didn't get a flu shot for our son. My friend Taro had all his kids get the flu shot. Twice. They all did; and they had both flu immunizations; yet they still got the flu.

My son got the flu this year. He didn't get an imm…

New Post Over at Robot55 About Toshikazu Endo Art Exhibit

Hi folks. I have anew post over at Robot55 (Robot-Go-Go). It is about a very chilling art exhibit I saw yesterday. Sorry for the link below but today I have a tons of stuff to get to, but I wanted you to check this out. This is some very weird stuff....

Here is an excerpt from: Endo Toshikatsu Exhibition at the Akiyama

"As I stood there trying to take it all in and digest what I was seeing, it hit me, “This is scary,” I said. And I meant it.

This work of art made me feel a sense of fear. Of fear of what? I do not know. Death, perhaps? But I definitely felt fear. Perhaps it was the kind of fear that the saber toothed tigers of the Ice Age felt when they were trapped in the tar pits of La Brea; struggling to get out. But the more they struggle, the deeper they sink… 

Or perhaps it was a fear that I had stumbled into another world; a world of the gods where I was not wanted nor welcomed. It was a place where those …

Thoughts on the Superbowl and Other Bread and Circuses....

“Panem et circenses" (Bread and Circuses) -  Juvenal 
Well, I am not a professional sports fan at all and I didn't watch the Superbowl. I don't watch things like that excepting if I am drinking with friends and it just so happens to be on TV... I think Professional Sports are boring and a waste of time. Who cares if the San Diego Lakers beat the New York Yankers? Does my life improve if my local team wins? Nope. In fact, my life probably gets worse if there is a local team. For more on that read: How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers

I will, though, gamble on a games outcome because then it becomes interesting as I like to win money (and hate losing it). Gambling makes any sport interesting. 

I do, though, greatly enjoy watching children do sports.

But I digress quickly, today.

Today, I am talking about the Superbowl, again. I laugh today when I read all sorts of articles about "Bad calls," "What were they thinking?" etc.

Folks, these things are all fixed... Now bef…