Click here to watch bright, flashing, life-size animated Tokyo roadside construction warning signs.
Went for karaoke with a few workmates. It was a tiny little second floor room looking out over a street in Tokyo's Yotsuya district, less than a minute's walk from the office.
Half a dozen or so of us sat around drinking, eating snacks, laughing and talking, while one or two of the company belted it out over the mikes.
The karaoke index books, both of them, were yellow pages thickness, packing in not only almost every Japanese song ever written, but thousands of English, Korean and Chinese numbers too. Even the Japanese staff sang a lot of English songs. I dueted Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' with one of them, introduced them to Dolly Parton's '9 to 5', which went down very well, and indulged in a bit of 70s nostalgia with Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' which - perhaps appropriately in that it was a work do, and in that I had sung '9 to 5' before it, was hilariously mispelt in the book as 'Hot Staff'! 'I need some hot staff, baby, this evening, gimme some hot staff, baby, tonight'. Made me sound something like boss of a whorehouse on the phone to a recruiting agency.
Cycled home along Shinjuku-dori very carefully (had had one or two schochus) and stopped to take a short mpg movie of the flashing, pulsing, life-size animated roadworks signs that you can see by clicking the link at the top of this entry. Unfortunately the vivid colors of the animated guy doing the waving didn't come out well at all, but the shape of the figure is clear enough.
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Friday, November 24, 2006