27 June 2012

What I Think

Reader: Wow, what are you doing lurking around your blog? Apparently you haven’t been around these parts for years.

GG: I know! This dump is an empty wasteland, even the tumbleweed moved away. But what are you doing on my blog, more to the point?

Reader: I did a Google search for ‘Japanese schoolgirls panties + vending machines’ and this is where I ended up. What a let down. How do I get out of here?

GG: Perv.

Reader: So, are you sticking around or did you come to delete more posts? All the ones from Australia have disappeared and even the union flag is gone.

GG: Doh, I deleted most of them in error, but they all come through on RSS. I was thinking about starting to blog again, but instead of writing I did some housekeeping. All style and no substance, just like it has always been. I've been working on social media a bit, too.

Reader: I know. Looks like you have all the social media accounts but then never update them. Why do you bother?

GG: Because I have nothing to say...

Reader: Well, why don't you start with an update of what's been happening for the last few years. I hear you're married now and living as a gaijin again, but in Scotland.

GG: True. It's still hard sometimes being a foreigner, although it's easier living in Scotland compared to Japan seeing I speak the local lingo and all. Err, although I worked recently with a few Glaswegians and there were significant communication issues there. And the Arbroath accent is pretty thick and I find that difficult to understand...

Reader: So write about that shit.

GG: Ok, I'll try. I've got a lot of photos, too, so I'm also doing a photo blog where I'll post pics. I've been lucky enough to spend a lot of time travelling around the country so I have heaps of photos of mountains and wilderness. 

Reader: From Tokyo to the highlands of Scotland, eh lassie-san?

GG: Oh, good grief.

27 September 2011

Seriously kick-ass intensely sweet for the real coffee super zinging unstoppable Max! Taste-explosion!

Although I left Japan over four years ago, I am still entertained by their novel approach to all things dunny-related. And I really miss those heated seats...

From Coloribus:
Georgia Max Coffee chose to redesign the toilets of a number of key ski resorts in Japan. The cubicles were fully wrapped on all sides, so that the person caught short would have a ski jumper’s view when they were sitting on the loo. The person could look down at their skis (simply printed on the floor of the cubicle) and see the steep ski jump slope ahead of them. The toilet paper holder carried the only brand messaging in the cubicle, reading: “Seriously kick-ass intensely sweet for the real coffee super zinging unstoppable Max! Taste-explosion!”