Tokyo Damage Report

Archive for December, 2010

architecture!

thinnest house yet!!! apartment that looks like the prow of a ship. Maybe it'll turn ark when global warming floods Tokyo out! a a WTF piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiipes a below: a campy, sugar-and-spice strawberry-shortcake half-assedly grafted onto a concrete slum. Love it! a below: tokyo skyline. Check out how many crazy angles there are, how many different […]

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database of same-radical compound words

download the whole database  here. Check out these common compound words, which have the same radical on the left side of each kanji: 喧嘩:けんか: (fight). both kanji have mouths, so it's easy to picture two mouths insulting each other. 嫉妬:しっと: (jealousy): both kanji have the "woman" radical on the left. Don't blame me!!!!!   Anyway, […]

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2010 fall random photos / engrish

spotted in – where else – Shibuya: Below, the order of bands in the lineup makes for unintentional poetry on a punk flyer: Mustang Pai-pai Rapes Pimp! Worst headline ever. I should point out that pai-pai is breasts. If you haven't envisioned that scenario, now you have.   Below: SO FUCKING JAPANESE:   We don't […]

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Death of a Political Youth now downloadable.

What is DEATH OF A POLITICAL YOUTH? A book, dummy. A banned book. Who's it by? Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe. Download the whole thing here as an .rtf file. Last year I translated Kenzaburo Oe's novella SEVENTEEN. You can read it here. Seventeen – besides being funny – is important because it got banned for […]

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DEATH OF A POLITICAL YOUTH: conclusion

That day at ten AM, in the interrogation chamber, with its inadequate charcoal stove, the Detective’s cheeks whitened, not from the endless cold but from stress, as he said to me, “The interrogation officially ended last night. Thanks for your cooperation. Now the prosecution is moving on to the next stage. I’m submitting a report which concludes […]

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henrio 2010

In the past, TDR had a holiday tradition of giving fake, dirty Sanrio presents to the readers (like this and this and so on). That's right: henrio. This year, I decided Henrio needed its own theme park – like Sanrio's Puroland (directions to which are in my tour guide, above). Anyway, Puroland plus Soapland = […]

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Oe’s DEATH OF A POLITICAL YOUTH part eleven

When I was young, I was obsessed with a picture-book which Elder Brother had received from the American pastor at church. The main characters were seals. The lead seal’s name was – I’m fairly certain – Olly. The illustrations were superb, full of emotion, with black ink and thin strokes of watercolor. My favorite part […]

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Oe’s DEATH OF A POLITICAL YOUTH part ten

CHAPTER 7   Your assassination is shown over and over again on video tape, on the news, in the movie theatres – I heard that even the journalist who took pictures got a Pulitzer prize. All Japanese people are addicted to watching it, this never-ending drama of assassination. On TV, on the radio, through the speakers, in […]

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mp3 post: SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA QUOTES

I was kind of slow to find out about IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. But when I got into it, I went berserk and did sound-captures of 180 choice punchlines from seasons two through five. Here they are for you.  Adds some zazz to any playlist set on shuffle. BIRD LAW IN THIS COUNTRY IS […]

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Oe’s DEATH OF A POLITICAL YOUTH part nine

  When we last left our young hero, he had just finished talking with his right-wing mentor. Now he waits in the train station,  ready to make the decision which will alter the course of his life.     Night was falling and I waited on the wooden bench for the train to take me […]

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check the art page.

A'ight, I switched to wordpress 2 years ago. And since – in all that time – no one has invented a script to solve the most simple, basic, navigational bug of wordpress.   So today, I had to fuck around and make new navigation pages so that people could find the most simple, basic pages […]

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Shinya Kusaka’s “ura hello work”

Japan has a wide selection of true-crime books: comic book re-enactments of gory murders, academic studies of government corruption, and everything in-between. But what sets Japan apart (according to Nate from the Waseda Ramen blog) is that a lot of the true-crime books are not just for thrills, they also serve a function of explaining […]

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