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Sunday, April 8
The Epilogue

Best single event:
Osaka Buffalos baseball game

Primary reason to go to another baseball game:
Beer Keg Girls

Best TV show:
Eating Game Show (I didn't get the name)

World's best substitute for Tim Horton's coffee:
Cafe au Lait in a can

Best thing about Japanese television:
The commercials are beyond bizarre. North American stars that would never be caught dead doing television ads are all over the place

Weirdest thing about Japanese commercials:
Product shot at the end is between 0.5 and 1.0 seconds. Never longer. Often, one commercial will end and another will start without you having noticed

Reason Japanese Commercials Will Never Show
On NBC, CBS or ABC:

Many ads show women to be June Cleaver-esque "proud to be a housewife" sort of people

Canadian flag pins I handed out...
13

...to Japanese women...
6

...who weren't In Seiko's Family:
0

Entire Japanese Vocabulary:
Ohayo - Good Morning
Konnichiwa - Good Day
Konbonwa - Good Evening
Tamago - Egg
Nani - What?
Gomennasai - Sorry
Nee Beiru - Two Beers
Arigato Gozaimas - Thank you very much
Naino - Nothing
Akuwa - Scary
Watashi no oi - This is my nephew
Gaijin - Foreigner

Best thing about Japanese computers:
Some of them come with a pre-installed Pokemon screen saver

Worst thing about Japanese computers:
The keyboards are not typical QWERTY keyboards. The apostrophe is above the 7, the @ has it's own key, the space bar is as wide as a SHIFT key and it's positioned right beside the key that changes your keyboard to ONLY type in Japanese characters

Best thing about Japanese Technology:
High-Definition Televisions kick ass

Worst thing about Japanese Technology:
The high-speed Internet is difficult to get and expensive. Everyone is still on dialup.