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    • AX 2015 Merchandise
      Its that time of year again - America's largest anime and Japanese culture convention Anime Expo opens doors at the LA Convention Center to zillions of fans from around the world. I've just arrived in LA and have been setting up booth a wee bit. I've also been able to get around without a wheelchair - for now >
    • Culture Japan Online Store
      It gives me great pleasure to announce that our first online store is now open ^o^ The Culture Japan Store lives at shop.culturejapan.jp where you can find our flagship products Smart Doll which ships between 3 - 8 days after one has placed their order. We also got a small selection of T-shirts for humans too which we will be increasing over time.This is Sma […]
    • Shinjuku By Day And Night
      Shinjuku - a bustling region in Tokyo filled with offices and retail stores. This was my hub when I first moved to Japan. Wife and I lived in West Tokyo and commuted to Higashi Fushimi Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. Then my hub became Shibuya when I worked for Amazon. My hub then switched back to being Shinjuku again when I started to work for Microsoft […]
    • Smart Doll Crash Test Dummies
      I just thought I'd show you the Smart Doll Crash Test Dummy version which we use to test our products strength - next up will be the impact videos in slow motion ^^The Female Smart Doll body is due for release late July at the Culture Japan Store. The Male Smart Doll body will also be released as a stand alone product but after Eiji is released. Folks c […]
    • Eiji Seiun Faceup Tests
      Eiji Seiun Smart Doll Faceup TestsFaceup Test 1 Mold 1 (T1M1) I'm still working on faceup, eye, wig and head mold tests for Eiji. I've got a few more molds and faceups in the pipeline and plan to release all heads unpainted too so that folks can customise themselves. I will observe feedback and reflect in final product but probably won't try t […]
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Despicable me. +Outing in the city.

This afternoon, me and my friends went for an outing in the City.
First grabbed a animation movie – “Despicable Me”, Coming back home, was quite pleased to find out that this weekend it topped box offices with $60.1 million in sales – twice, what the produces expected!*
Movie is really great, highly recommend! Just please take you time, while you at the theater – ending credits are hilarious!

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*According to: Associated Press (LA)

Way to build a snow mountain.

Back overseas I do remember snow being loaded on trucks and taken outside the city to melt. Here, shovel trucks and huge tractors just pile it all up somewhere in the corner. Here’s one of several gigantic snow mounds on the parking lot of a local shopping mall.

And then it really started to snow.

It is true what they say: “Be careful what you wish for.” In previous article I was elaborating on how we finaly got some snow this season. And here we have it, and whole lot of it. Was literaly digging out my car this morning.

Night in the City.

Well, seems like it had become a habit for me to go out to the City almost every weekend. Not like I don’t like it, it’s just uncommon to me. And just this afternoon we finally got snow in New York City, it started snowing around 2 o`clock in the afternoon, we’ll probably get around 1.5 to 2 centimeters of snow tonight.

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Departing from Brooklyn, tracks and platform already lightly covered with snow.
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Window shopping in the City.

Once a month every Tuesday New York Exchange User Group Meet takes place at Microsoft offices on Manhattan. Couple of months ago I had a pleasure of becoming a member. Haven’t closely used Exchange server in any of it`s versions ‘till senior project came along and I had to deploy one in production environment. It was somehow easy to master, though it is so much more to learn about it’s livers.
Clocked out off work early this morning and went to the City to see Christmas decorations, specifically Lord and Taylor store windows. It has become a tradition for Lord and Taylor, Marshals and alike, to decorate their windows with holiday themes.

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View of the store from across the street.
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Halloween in New York City.

Saturday, October, 30th. Halloween eve in New York City. Crowds of dressed up locals, mixed with tourists scowing all around Manhattan. Frankly saying, living in NYC  for five years that’s my first going out dressed in Halloween costume. Day was just great sent to a karaoke bar in midtown, then to a small restaurant in Korean district. It’s a pity that rain, that started late in the afternoon spoiled all the fun. It was drizzling when we went to a Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. So we had to skip it and head home. An hour later, just the time I came back to my place it started raining cats and dogs.

Overall I had lots of fun, thanks to the blokes that invited me…

Yours truly, Al-Tank.

A Day in the City.

During the week it was decided to go to the “City” – Manhattan it is. Frankly saying, I’m not a very frequent guest there, been to a different parts of the City here and there couple of times. Personally, I fancy driving more than taking subway, considering the fact that it’s anywhere from hard to impossible to find parking in the City the only unpleasant option remains to take a subway. Sometime I’ll elaborate on New York transit system, but for now just a brief review of today’s trip.

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