February 21, 2008

Yukari's CBC Segment

Woot -- almost 8 minutes of Yukari holding forth on HD-DVD versus Blu-ray:

Click to listen

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February 20, 2008

Yukari: On CBC's "The Current" tomorrow

Attention Yukari fans:

She will be on CBC's morning news show, The Current, talking about the victory of Blu-ray over HD-DVD.

You can listen here:


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February 13, 2008

Luxury-Sized Guests

Today's piece of euphemistic jargon is "luxury-sized guests". Use it in a sentence? Sure thing:

The vehicles on Expedition Everest are the biggest ever used on a Disney ride. We had to make them larger to accommodate our luxury-sized guests.

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February 12, 2008

Make a reservation, get a rebate

We were discussing strange restaurant practices with friends the other day when Yukari trotted out a story that I hadn't heard before.

When you made a reservation at a nice place in Japan, many places used to give you a 10 yen refund (about 9 cents) on your check.

The reason? Credit for the telephone call you placed to make the reservation.

Apparently this is still done in some places and Yukari says I've been the unknowing beneficiary of it. Better not tell them that I've got flat rate phone service...

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February 6, 2008

What's one consonant between friends?

I went to this little neighborhood restaurant for dinner last night.

I sat down at the counter, and the owner wished me a happy new year, since he hadn't seen me yet in 2008.

The conversation then proceeded as follows:

owner: Hey! I heard one of your countrymen is running for President!
me (wondering if I misunderstood his Japanese): Err, ya, I think they are all my countrymen.
owner: No, no, I mean, he's from Chicago! You know, Osama!

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February 1, 2008

Smoke on the Water: Japan Style

A traditional-ish Japanese orchestra plays (and sings!) Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water. Worth listening to just for the noise the audience makes when they recognize the opening:

(thanks, jde!)

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