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    F7: The Magic Katakana Key

    Monday, January 28th, 2008

    This is a quick tip for the Japanese keyboard. When typing in katakana words, sometimes the computer tries to give you kanji after you hit the space bar. Look what happens when I try to type in “Lisa Simpson”

    Oh no! I didn’t want all those kanji. What I really wanted was [...]

    Pedestrian’s Best Friend: The Bicycle Bell

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

    Are you tired of walking behind slow people? Do you wish there was an easy way to pass through a crowd without knocking people on their ass? There is! Nick from Japan and fatherhood blog longcountdown.com has a hilarious tip for dealing with crowded city sidewalks: buy a bicycle bell.
    From Nick’s page:
    When [...]

    Sweet-mommy.jp – Maternity Wear Online

    Saturday, January 5th, 2008

    Are you or somebody you know expecting? If so, you (or they) might want to check out sweet-mommy.jp.
    Sweet-mommy.jp sells maternity (マタニティウエア) and nursing (授乳服) clothes online. They have formal wear, casual wear, tops, bottoms and coats for new and expecting mothers.
    Although they divide their catalog into two sections, the clothes in maternity are [...]

    Happy New Year and TwoFatBrothers.com

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

    Happy New Year everyone! The holidays were quite fun over here. My son Noah had his first Christmas and his first Hatsumode (初詣) visit to the shrine. Noah learned how to grab things recently and he put that new technique to good use on Christmas: opening presents! He’d grab a short [...]

    Keep Yourself Warm With Yutampo

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

    It’s the middle of winter and finally the weather feels like it! It’s cold!
    If your feet are frozen when you sleep at night, you might want to invest in a yutampo.
    A yutampo (湯たんぽ) is just a hot water bottle, and they seem to be making a comeback in Japan. My wife asked for [...]

    New Year Equals Cheap Stuff: Fukubukuro

    Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

    Happy New Year everybody. It’s the year of the rat! Thank goodness I know how to buy cheese in Japan.
    New Years is a special time in Japan. I’m not talking about eating osechi, visiting the shrine for hatsumode or getting a week off from work. I’m talking about fukubukuro!!
    Fukubukuro (福袋) means [...]