2013 in review

January 10, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posting a multi-line review comment to Gerrit Code Review from a shell script

October 9, 2013

Because it isn’t obvious and it always takes me a while to figure it out again every time.

MESSAGE="This is a message

with multiple


ssh -p 29418 $USER@$SERVER gerrit review \'--message="$MESSAGE"\' $REVISION

Shinjuku Oktoberfest

January 8, 2013


Shinjuku Oktoberfest 2012

Beer Vending Machine

January 8, 2013

Beer Vending Machine

This vending machine near my apartment sells beer. You have to insert your driving license to prove your age.

Lucky I just renewed mine, eh?

Japanese Driving License Renewal

January 8, 2013


I had to renew my Japanese driving license in August last year.

Unlike in the UK and Germany, where driving licenses either don’t expire or expire after a long time, Japanese licenses expire every couple of years and have to be renewed.

To renew the license I had to submit an application at the local police station, and then a few weeks later attend an information session where they showed a few videos about road safety.

The whole thing took most of the morning…

Monkey Island

January 8, 2013

Monkey Island

Sarushima – “Monkey Island” in English.

There are no monkeys.

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

January 8, 2013


A few pictures from the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum. Not many because photography is only permitted in a few places.

Meiji Jingu in the Rain

January 8, 2013

Meiji Jingu in the Rain

2012 in review

January 8, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


August 21, 2012


I can’t help but think that this is a completely inappropriate way to drink beer.

Chicken Nanban Roll

August 6, 2012

Chicken Nanban Roll

Chicken Nanban roll at Sushi Meijin in Fukuoka.

Sōmen with ice

August 5, 2012

Sōmen (素麺) with ice

Noodles cooked in hot water as usual, and then served chilled with ice. Nice to eat for lunch on a hot day.

Making mochi

August 1, 2012


Making mochi at a local festival earlier this year.

A few more pictures, including one of the finished product, here.

Fukuoka Sunset

July 31, 2012

Fukuoka Sunset

Sunset over Fukuoka, taken from the Sky Wheel at the marina.

Local temples and shrines

July 24, 2012

平間山 稱名寺

There are a number of small temples and shrines within walking distance of my apartment. Earlier this year I went round taking photos of them all.

Temples and shrines near Shin-Kawasaki and Kashimada