Kansai Inochi

Well I am a bit late as usual. If any of you are still around would like to take gander at what I’m up to now, then feel free to just hop on over to Kansai Inochi!

Yup… I am studying in Japan right now and this is the reason why this place is on a hiatus once again. Working on the applications, applying for scholarships, filling out other paperworks, do this, do that, get ready… and now here I am. This is also the main reason why I’ve been so inactive on the Gunpla side of things. Ironic isn’t it? I am quitting Gunpla to go to the heaven/kingdom/birthplace of all that plastic goodness xD.

My new site won’t contain Gundam stuff but if you like my random food and miscellaneous life posts here, then you should be very well familiar with what I will be talking about there. Basically another blog about life in Japan just like this place is another blog about Gundam models. Another new learning experience for me just like when I started this blog.

If any of you are pondering about studying abroad in Japan in the future, maybe Kansai Inochi will help provide you with a more personal glimpse of what you can expect to experience over there. A “home look” at Japan perhaps? xD But anyway, I hope to make the blog helpful to those who are interested while still delivering my personal touch on things. Also feel free to ask me any questions related to Japan and I will try my best to get the answers for you.

I was actually already in Japan by the time I made my last post here but it’s just been so… busy that I couldn’t sit down and get back here sooner. it’s only been less than a month, but I’ve done A LOT here already. Traveling, trying out new things, meeting new people, learning how to commute, culture shocking myself… it’s all there. And more will come.

Any Gundam related things? I met up with Rob from ASM for the first time and we had an all too awesome of a time talking about life, Gundam and everything in between while he showed me around Osaka.

Well, anything else you wanna know then you can just hop on over…

http://kansai-inochi.com/

See you there!
- Z

Earthquake in Japan

Heard about this on Thursday- One of the strongest Earthquake hit Japan, followed by a tsunami and now nuclear meltdowns. I’m sure there’s no need for me to tell you about it nor do you need to see photos of the destruction. Lives are lost and missing, homes totaled, and vast landscapes devastated. It’s unfortunate, terrifying and horrific. I have a few friends who lives in Japan but since they live in the Kansai region, they weren’t affected as much and are thankfully safe. Let’s hope the same goes for our comrades as well. My thoughts, condolences and regards goes out to those who are directly affected by the natural disaster and to those around the world who are indirectly affected by it. I wish everyone a god speed recovery and best of luck to the rescue teams who are probably working around the clock to help those in need at the moment.

If you have some pocket change to help out the rescue and relief cause, then here’s some links you can help support those in need. I can certainly give up going out to eat for awhile. Money to a greater cause is far easier to recover than say… lost properties, and loved ones.

http://www.redcross.org/
http://www.convoyofhope.org/
http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/

http://gundamaustralia.com/forum/index.php/topic,1092.msg14225.html#msg14225

No More Gunpla Buying

That’s right. I am not going to ordering any more gunpla for the rest of the year. I am neither short on cash nor space but I need to scrap every pennies and dimes I can from now till summer. I’ve already cut off my april pre-order list that included the RG RX-78-2, RG Zaku II, RG Aile Strike, HGUC Jegan ECOAS, HG God and Nobell, HG 00 Quanta, D-Arts Rockman X, and MG Deathscythe Hell Custom. For the time being anyway. I’ve also ditched my plans on going to Anime Expo again this year. My wallet will be taking the biggest beating it will ever receive since the purchase of my Honda Accord Euro in 2007 so I gotta get ready for that.

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Sakura Matcha KitKat

Just purely out of curiosity, I picked up a box of green tea KitKat to try out. I love green tea (ryokucha, matcha, sencha, genmaicha, hojicha… or just tea in general) so I thought “hey, maybe it can be a good combo…”.

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Kit Kat from Japan

Sometimes I see stuff like this and I just can’t help but to think “Guess things really are more interesting in Japan… even American stuff!”. I wish Kit Kat/Hershey in America could pump out such interesting (and outright delicious) varieties. All we ever get is stuff like sugar free, dark, and peanut butter and other garden varieties -_-. Anyway, here’s what I picked up…

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Japan Chemical Item Export Ban

I’ve just went over to R10 to pick up a few bottles of paint and I ran across THIS MESSAGE on their site. Basically, Japan has now banned exporting any sort of paint, thinner, cements and… you know… “chemical containing items” and the likes. Both spray can AND bottle form are no go. Their initial ban some time last year just pertains to spray cans. Tools are still okay though. From what I can understand on that page (it’s kinda in engrish), it seems like manufacturers need to present an MSDS (material safety data sheet- a paper that tells you how “hazardous/flammable” the stuff is) in order to be shipped… but can still be denied if the chemical is deemed too dangerous by Customs >_>. R10 has removed all their CSI Creos (Mr. Hobby) and Gaia Notes paint supplies from their inventory list to reflect this… along with Tamiya Acrylic which is what I buy (its Enamel counterpart is still there though). Maybe the acrylic will come back later…  I don’t know. As with the spray can ban, I’m assuming this will mainly affect US consumers since people from elsewhere will somehow find ways to smuggle them in ^^;. Since this is also very recent, I’m sure your store will still have plenty of stock left. Well, looks like I’ll have to resort to using Testor (domestic) for paint in the worst case scenario…

Let’s say it together everyone!

NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Funny Japanese Products

While shopping in a Japanese supermarket, I came across some pretty funny items. One of them is the cream you see above. It is exactly what its description said xD. Anyone wanna try?

There’s also a many other things I’ve spotted that’s worth a chuckle or two…

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