‘Sorry’ he says, ‘Thank You’ he means: Some Japanese Manners I’ll Never Understand

Tell you something – I actually went to Japan ten years ago. And at that time I was very, very Malaysian. I am one obviously, but the point here is I’d never lived abroad.

And if you’re wondering why I’m emphasising my nationality, let me answer you by giving a brief intro on how we Malaysians carry ourselves in our daily lives. See for yourself, the boorish and selfish ways that Malaysians so fondly indulge in on an everyday basis.

If you’re from a more pleasant and polite part of the globe, reaffirm to yourself that the grass is not greener on the other side.

Malaysian style

Malaysia littering fine sign buang sampah denda

The sign says,”No littering, RM500 fine.”

Nintendo joystick in Super Potato

Retro Gaming and Childhood Memories at Super Potato!

“And he (Jesus) said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
-Matthew 18:3

I’m not religious but if the verse above was true, then I sure was a step closer to Paradise on the night of 12 November, 2013.

Because on that night, I was savouring all my favourite childhood games on almost every retro console you could think of: Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Playstation 1 and many more! Retro gaming sure brings back memories from decades ago and I felt like a child again, the mini-me I once was.

So if you too want to bring your inner child back or if you simply like retro gaming, get yourself to the video game shop I was at: Super Potato in Akihabara, Tokyo. If you ‘re seeking the kingdom of heaven you might want to give it a shot too 😛

Super Potato sells a wide variety of games and consoles from the days gone by:

Super Potato retro gaming shop in Akihabara, Tokyo

Seven consoles, a thousand memories

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People Photos from Japan!

And so, I’m officially back in Japan! Well, blog-wise only of course. My body is in boring Singapore and I use this blog to take me to where I want to be in spirit.

And let me bring you guys there too – through the products of my street photography, featuring the people of Japan!

But oh, my photos are dead lousy so pardon me. I was using a very old Olympus point-and-shoot see, and it’s rated one of the worst on CNET. And even among the terrible cameras, this one is the king, and by that I mean it’s the worst, not best, of the worst.

And on top of that, I’m a rookie photograher too.

And oh, all these were taken at a time when I didn’t approach others for permission. I swear I’m not being voyeur; I was just shy. I just wanted to capture the culture and everyday life in Japan and I believe people photos are the best way to accomplish this.

So now that I hopefully have your understanding (and sympathy LOL), let it roll.

Traditional Japan

Geishas in Asakusa Temple Tokyo (2)

Asakusa: What could be better than geishas and kimonos? And better still, at a temple?? They appeared so suddenly and were walking really fast – I had to rush in front of them without looking like a stalker!

Tsukiji: A personal review of its sashimi and sushi

12 Nov 2012

tsukiji-fish-market-2

EDIT: Please disregard the entry below and treat it as just a (very screwed up) state of my mind and nothing more. After more eating and mental recollection, nothing beats the sashimi in Tsukiji.

I love sashimi. It’s a gradually acquired taste but I really, really love it. I swear I could go on eating and eating sashimi and my colleagues call me the Fisherman’s Friend for that. But unfortunately though, I keep a regular monthly lid on my buffets. Both my spirit and body are indeed willing but the wallet is weak.

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It’s the CAPCOM Bar!!

Actual date: 11 Nov 2012
Address: 1-3-16 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture

To tell you the truth, I’m no longer the crazy gamer that I was once was a decade ago. Travelling, weightlifting, running, hiking and socialising have long replaced the time that I’d spend conquering countries on a computer. So the fact that Capcom still lives in me despite my departure from the gaming world signifies its prowess not only in the development of games, but lives as well (especially those early years, and I’m sure many would agree).

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