- With its hook based architecture, in a different world, WordPress would have been written in Ruby, because *blocks* http://t.co/vBrINj0jc2 06:29:29, 2014-08-20
- Going to fukuoka.rb for the first time tonight. Ruby and Japanese: one language I know well, the other, not so much. Wish me luck @phillyrb 23:08:18, 2014-08-20
- RT @PromptWorks: We're excited to host our first Code and Coffee tomorrow morning!
- This was last year, but it’s still awesome: All The Cool Japanese Schoolgirls Are Recreating The Kamehameha Attack http://t.co/pPgOH5gmMT 21:52:27, 2014-08-21
- @udzura Thanks! I’ll be there. in reply to udzura 21:58:44, 2014-08-21
- A slide I understood (not in Japanese) at the Fukuoka.rb meet up last night: using Docker with drone.io #fukuokarb http://t.co/kQpThh9uXM 08:14:37, 2014-08-22
- When you gaze too long into a giant pile of whip cream, the giant pile of whip cream gazes back into you http://t.co/Cy4Ihd7NjJ 08:19:46, 2014-08-22
- Adventures in Japanese gov’t bureaucracy, in which Maria turns down free money. Would you have taken it? New post: http://t.co/8LzxefjfQq 19:35:51, 2014-08-23
- Happy, Fukuoka version (it gets better as it goes) http://t.co/2lDkN7fH0H 09:27:48, 2014-08-25
Last month the Fukuoka version of Happy went up on Youtube:
I watched a handful of versions from other Japanese cities. Fukuoka’s is the best I’ve seen so far, except for maybe Harajuku’s.
In case you’ve been living under a rock:
The song has been highly successful, peaking at number one in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries… To coincide with the single release, the website 24hoursofhappy.com was launched featuring a visual presentation of “Happy” advertised as being “the world’s first 24 hour music video”. The video consists of the four-minute song repeated with various people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along… The original video spawned many cover videos on YouTube in which people from different cities throughout the world dance to the song. Those videos are usually called “Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of the city]“. As of May 2014, more than 1,500 videos had been created…
- Senior glasses, senior moments… New blog post: http://t.co/Q4D02gcl9S 09:11:47, 2014-08-13
- Something lost in translation, perhaps? New blog post: http://t.co/RNLPjGtbt5 09:36:45, 2014-08-14
- With the myriad possibilities of web design, why does it seem like every company is using the same Bootstrap-based design? 05:51:13, 2014-08-15
- @LilJimmi @slurve It’s a design I like, but I’m noticing how ubiquitous it’s become. I’m sure there will be a new hotness soon enough in reply to LilJimmi 07:24:02, 2014-08-15
- There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is free beer. It comes in a very small glass though. http://t.co/tyigkx5FDF 06:55:52, 2014-08-16
- If you’re wondering where I got the free beer… New blog post – Kamakiri Udon: good udon, free beer http://t.co/s5eUvpj1UF 01:43:35, 2014-08-17
- Obon week in Japan, and the Gokoku Shrine’s Mitama Matsuri, featuring 6,000 hand-painted lanterns. New blog post: http://t.co/6hHXv8wWlD 02:30:20, 2014-08-17
- RT @InkTanked: Sadly, it seems, Japan is preparing for war. http://t.co/Wm1Fxj7zYP 02:35:11, 2014-08-17
- RT @AustinSeraphin: A number of Philadelphians agree we should have a Ruby conference. The awesome people behind @SteelCityRuby released so… 18:04:34, 2014-08-18
- A life size replica of a D51 locomotive, made from 4,000 pieces of cardboard. New blog post: http://t.co/L9Er8IwMdh 05:55:31, 2014-08-19
- Pyramid shaped watermelons for $1,000, fish heads galore, and incredibly delicious dessert breads – New blog post
http://t.co/acAFcGZcBA 06:45:08, 2014-08-06
- RT @the_zenspider: Reminder: delete your code: https://t.co/Jf2PUhnMM4 07:54:23, 2014-08-06
- Small world: Fukuoka is a city of 1.5 million, and we just met the woman who moved out of our apartment right before we moved in. 19:18:47, 2014-08-07
- RT @CatWarr: If you're curious about what life is like for Americans in Japan, check out @mtoppa's blog. http://t.co/TUOX63QL77 19:30:44, 2014-08-07
- Watched The Congress (movie) last night: it was the most engrossing and innovative movie I’ve seen in a long time http://t.co/ZTDwY4Usn5 20:56:51, 2014-08-09
- A Japanese shrine wedding, playing old string instruments, and a historical faux pas. New blog post: A day in Dazaifu http://t.co/vvFl0a0Ev2 09:47:11, 2014-08-10
- @pete_schuster I haven’t, but I saw it mentioned in that review. A just read a summary of it – sounds intense. Do you recommend it? in reply to pete_schuster 09:48:52, 2014-08-10
- Sad news: Studio Ghibli – creators of Howl’s Moving Castle and other great Miyazaki films – will stop making movies http://t.co/q9Xj3E10k8 05:41:13, 2014-08-12
- @speno I hadn’t heard that, so I checked. The announcement was made in typically vague Japanese, so it’s hard to know
http://t.co/jSWBiZW1a7 in reply to speno 08:02:41, 2014-08-12
- Sad but true – New blog post: Discontinuing WordPress plugin support http://t.co/bJANY9ss68 06:11:07, 2014-07-30
- Achieving the impossible: passing a Japanese driver's license exam. It’s excruciating for Japanese & foreigners alike http://t.co/HMgMXkTnKr 08:32:23, 2014-07-30
- I don’t think refilling water pistols with the shrine’s purification water is an approved use http://t.co/aSoBAc0FyX 06:54:19, 2014-07-31
- Maria is quoted extensively in this IT World article on innovation in Japan http://t.co/fCTr9Uipix 18:48:12, 2014-07-31
- I wish they had this shirt in my size, because I really want to be a "Desperado Legend Monster.” New blog post: http://t.co/4lShUNe3IM 02:42:45, 2014-08-02
- Great fireworks, yukatas, and good snacks (but we decided to pass on the pig intestines on a stick). New blog post: http://t.co/rybhMljjwZ 11:37:04, 2014-08-03
- Emergency birthday cake problem solved – New blog post: Happy Birthday Eidan! http://t.co/exmm5eWylR 06:04:32, 2014-08-05
Eidan’s birthday turned out to be a rainy day, and Maria is also under the weather. She’s in no condition to go out, so I was trying to think of a backup plan to celebrate. Ordering a birthday cake isn’t easy when you don’t speak the language. I got very lucky – Kai and Eidan are taking manga drawing lessons at the nearby WAHAHA language school for two weeks, and they sent the boys home with a birthday cake for Eidan. I asked how they knew it was Eidan’s birthday, and Kai told me that they were asked a ton of questions on their first day last week – how old they were, where they were from, etc, and their birthdays. So they surprised Eidan with a cake. It says おたんじょうび おめでとう エイダン (Otanjoubi omedetou Eidan) – Happy Birthday Eidan.
Eidan’s become a fan of tempura shrimp, so after I was done working, I made tempura shrimp udon for dinner (…well, I made the udon, and I bought the tempura shrimp). Then we enjoyed the cake!
We’re in the middle of the rainy season, so we’ve had a lot of rainy days. It’s supposed to be nice on Friday, and Eidan wants to go back to the Sunshine Pool as his birthday activity, so that’s what we’ll do!
- Bowling, Japanese lessons, and a mind-boggling amusement center – New blog post: New friends in Fukuoka http://t.co/TMAUywLL45 06:00:52, 2014-07-23
- I hope that someday enough Americans ride bicycles that we have this kind of problem (note no locks either!) http://t.co/68FTLqfcmj 19:16:25, 2014-07-24
- @John_Studley I posted in the WP forums that I’m not currently supporting my plugins. But send me a message at http://t.co/X6AwBOWb5d in reply to John_Studley 19:21:04, 2014-07-24
- A curvy, giant trampoline landscape and half a dozen different kinds of swimming pools at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park http://t.co/mG74JJmwRB 21:45:56, 2014-07-25
- After living in our Japanese apartment for 3 weeks, I still find it unnerving every time the toilet revs up in anticipation of my arrival 02:00:29, 2014-07-26
- I agreed to hold this sign after Maria assured me it didn’t say “another gaijin sucker” http://t.co/ARQtPs8V4M 07:30:29, 2014-07-26
- @speno It says they were founded in Showa year 38 (which was 1963), the name (Daruma), location (Hakata), and the date we were there in reply to speno 07:39:17, 2014-07-26
- The Dazaifu Starbucks – I'm not a fan of mega-chain stores, and I'm not a fan of coffee, but this Starbucks is cool. http://t.co/J5m9rgYNla 06:22:53, 2014-07-28
After finishing our day at the Sunshine Pool, we headed home on the subway. We had to transfer at Hakata station, so we decided to stop there for dinner, at the Hakata Deitos center, which is part of yet another huge Japanese shopping complex built around a busy subway station. We went to the information desk and asked for a recommendation on their “noodle street” floor. We were steered to Daruma ramen. I didn’t realize until I looked it up afterwards that its owner, Hideto Kawahara, is something of a minor celebrity. After inheriting his father’s shop in Fukuoka, he’s opened up several more, in New York, Hong Kong, and other locations.
When the waitress saw me take out my camera, she immediately offered to take the picture for me, and handed me the sign I’m holding in the photo. I decided to hold it up only after Maria assured me it didn’t say “another gaijin sucker.” The whole staff stopped and gave a big cheer when she took the picture.
It was the best ramen we’ve had so far in Fukuoka, so Kai was especially pleased. We followed it up with an unexpected dessert – some very fresh, delicious mini-croissants that we saw for sale on our way back to the subway entrance, at Il Forno del Mignon.
“…never pass through Hakata Station without buying some Croissants from Il Forno del Mignon. It is an institution way before Hakata Station was renovated. You may have to wait awhile because of the long lines throughout the day, but these lines are but testament to the treat that awaits…”
Last weekend we ventured north of the city, to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, via a half hour bus ride. It’s the kind of place that has something for everyone:
The park offers an impressive array of seasonal flowers, lush greenery and refreshing ocean views… There is also an 18-hole professional quality disc golf course… Children may also enjoy the Wonder World amusement park, which has a giant ferris wheel with sweeping views over the bay, as well as other attractions including go-karts and a roller coaster. In addition, the massive Sunshine Pool complex…[offers] six different pools for the whole family to enjoy. There is even a small aquarium… which exhibits a wide assortment of fish and holds dolphin and sea lion shows.
- From the Finding Fukuoka guidebook
On our way into the park, we made a short stop at the giant, curvy trampoline landscape for some serious running and jumping. I’d never seen anything like it, and I have to say I enjoyed it at least as much as the boys. After that we got lost trying to find the Sunshine Pool area, but with the help of an attendant we eventually got there (the attendant kindly walked us almost halfway there).
The boys had a great time – it was definitely their favorite outing so far. I enjoyed it too, but unfortunately came home with my first sunburn in about 20 years. Right after Maria and the boys put on sunscreen, a recorded announcement in English was made, asking that no one use sunscreen, as they don’t want it “contaminating” the pool water. So I refrained – in retrospect I should have put it on anyway, as the next few days were painful! If we go back I’ll make sure to buy a rash guard shirt beforehand.
Families came to camp out for the day – literally – with tents. There were also plenty of covered areas, many with tables, for families to set themselves up for the day with some shade. As an American, I felt nervous leaving our things unattended while we were in the water, but Maria reminded me I didn’t need to worry about it.
I have to say the place was managed with a level of fastidiousness that’s extreme even for the Japanese. Every hour, everyone had to get out of the pools for 10 minutes, so the staff could conduct a “safety inspection.” But it was really more about cleaning – they went around with little butterfly nets to get debris out of the pools. Of course at the end of each inspection their nets would be almost completely empty, because the customers are just as obsessed with cleanliness, so there’s never a chance for anything to get dirty.
We took the subway home to Tenjin, which involved switching lines a couple times, so the bus is definitely the simpler way to go. Being on a more remote line (the JR Kashii Line) outside of the city, it was one of the few times I’ve been on a Japanese train that didn’t feel shiny and new, but it was still very nice by American standards.
- I barely survived recording this video! New blog post: The Kyary Pamyu Pamyu truck invades Tenjin http://t.co/DKzxZLAOGE 22:05:31, 2014-07-17
- Check out my video of Fukuoka’s biggest annual event, the Yamakasa race, with teams carrying amazing one-ton floats http://t.co/wXgIxrLKnm 09:37:26, 2014-07-19
- What stand-ups are meant for, vs what you are doing, vs what you actually need RT @paytonrules: Standups are Broken – http://t.co/tguoqXTv2N 18:48:55, 2014-07-19
- Auto-shoeser: it’s not a word, but it should be (at a nearby bowling alley in Fukuoka). http://t.co/0Ugw8wAKla 09:48:05, 2014-07-22