Monday, August 12, 2013
|A very small show, and a screaming chicken. Making things small is a funny magic theme, but I have no shoes that look like this one.|
|A trash can (actually an ash tray) and a bucket. Could be used for some coin magic, perhaps?|
|Two cases, one for pens and one for coins.|
I went shopping for clothes now that the summer collection is on sale and no one is going to sell clothes that you can actually wear in this too hot country any more. I found some shorts and some t-shirts that were quite nice in two different stores selling 和柄 (wagara, "Japanese designs") things. These make you look like you are in the yakuza (Japanese mafia), my friends tell me. But I like these designs, so I wear such clothes anyway.
|This cute frog looking out from behind this moon was the reason I bought this shirt|
People are unlikely to believe I am in the Japanese mafia anyway, since I am blond. People will however believe I have no fashion sense, but everyone thinks so anyway, so that makes no difference.
|Shark fin soup|
|Shrimps in chili sauce|
My friend ordered way too much food, but it was very nice. He also ordered the shark fin soup, which was good but very expensive.
|Sweet and sour pork|
|Ultraman, with blinking lights|
|The diorama that was our main objective.|
I used to build and paint plastic models when I was younger, and it was very nice to see some models again. Many of them were very nicely painted. Some had moving and blinking parts too.
|This omuraisu says "chahan" (a different dish), which I thought was funny.|
|Making our custom ordered omuraisu|
|I bought some "eat me" cookies. They were "Alice in Wonderland" cookies, not sexual innuendo cookies or being rude cookies, I was told.|
|Very colorful and Japanese model airplanes|
|A similarly colorful tank|
|A diorama from my favorite Starwars movie|
|I liked this topographical map model|
|One Piece (the manga and anime) is popular in Japan, and there was a big diorama with Obe Piece content.|
|A huge ship, with moving and blinking parts|
|The helicopter had rotors that were spinning so fast it is hard to see them in the photo.|
|Why are animals driving these WWII vehicles?|
|I used to play Warhammer (a game using these models) a long time ago. Not this team, though.|
|I also played Warhammer 40k (though, again, not these teams).|
|There were lots of tanks with small girls like this.|
|A big Gundam diorama|
|This house had a removable roof and lots of moving parts.|
|The interior was incredibly detailed.|
|This water wheel spun, and it drove a mill inside the model!|
|Hatsune Miku, a Hokkaido virtual idol. Placed strategically on a mirror platform, so you can see her panties. Very common with Japanese idols.|
Monday, August 5, 2013
A friend invited me over for barbecue on Sunday. I made some Swedish "stick bread" and baked it on the barbecue nets since we did not have any sticks. Lots of good food.
|This clever contraption was used to get the coal burning with less work than usual.|
|A squid in foil, with squid guts and other things mixed in with it.|
|Swedish "stick bread" baked without sticks and looking more like Japanese "melon bread" (though tasting not at all of melon).|
|After it became dark, one of the other participants let me share some of his toys.|
|There were also two different types of cheese cake available. Both very good.|
I was asked about the stick bread recipe, which is super simple. This is food that small children are supposed to make themselves, and it is more a "playing with clay" kind of fun than "let's make good food" thing. Anyway, the recipe I used was:
125 cc of flour
half a teaspoon of baking powder
a quarter of a teaspoon of salt
50 cc of water
Mix the dry stuff, then add water. Normally you make long dough strips that you wrap around a big stick and then stick into a camp fire to bake them. The dough should be about half a centimeter thick to get the inner parts baked without the surface turning into charcoal. For fine in a frying pan or on a grill too. This bread is not particularly tasty, but since you get the grilled aftertaste and you always eat it when it is freshly baked, it is not bad.