Monthly Archive: March 2012

The Strange Tale of Tommy Lee Jones in #Japan & Boss Coffee 0

The Strange Tale of Tommy Lee Jones in #Japan & Boss Coffee

So that whole thing about “there are vending machines all over Japan” that you hear?  Totally true.  They are all along the streets and in buildings and stations and pretty much anywhere humans can get to.  Anyway, I noticed a number of them featuring the American actor Tommy Lee Jones...

Japan Day 3: Akihabara aka “Geek Heaven in Japan” 3

Japan Day 3: Akihabara aka “Geek Heaven in Japan”

Our adventure in Akihabara continued after the Maid Cafe as we further explored the area.  While perusing the shops full of anime, manga, electronics, and toys we came upon a prime example of the Japanese fascination with certain elements of American culture.  In this case, Kentucy Fried Chicken.  Have you...

Japan Day 3: Orange Coffee & Japanese Maid Cafes 3

Japan Day 3: Orange Coffee & Japanese Maid Cafes

I spent a number of my formative years in Orlando, Florida.  As a result, I have developed all the key skills needed to operate as a fairly efficient tourist.  My wife and I often return from vacations amazed at the amount we are able to see and do in brief...

SUPER CUTE OVERLOAD: Little Japanese Girls as Disney Princesses 1

SUPER CUTE OVERLOAD: Little Japanese Girls as Disney Princesses

These young ladies were nice enough to let me take a photo of them yesterday. Mom was so excited that I asked (to photograph them) that she made sure they posed.  These two were living a the life at Disney Toyko Sea.

Japan Day 2: Tokyo Anime Fair Business Stuff & “I’m Eating WHAT?” 3

Japan Day 2: Tokyo Anime Fair Business Stuff & “I’m Eating WHAT?”

While there are some interesting adventures, Day 2 in Japan was mostly a work day. We got up in the morning and (after a late start) caught the train to head out to Tokyo Big Sight for the Tokyo Anime Fair. Tokyo is a city of trains and monorails. While...

No blog post this morning – but these three photos from Japan tell a story. 2

No blog post this morning – but these three photos from Japan tell a story.

Running out the door this morning to Tokyo Disney Sea. Here’s three photos to hold you over until I get time to write.  🙂 Actual size! Times Square has got NOTHING on Shibuya! Yes. Tom Croom went to ANOTHER Maid Cafe. Don’t judge.

Me + Anime Expo Team + New Pal Tsuyoshi = DRUNK KARAOKE IN JAPAN 0

Me + Anime Expo Team + New Pal Tsuyoshi = DRUNK KARAOKE IN JAPAN

Consider this a warning that the amount of beer I drank tonight probably means I am sleeping in later than expected in the morning and (thus) a blog post may be delayed. Know this, though: I just got back from drinking and singing karaoke with a Japanese guy named Tsuyoshi....

Japan Day 1: Tokyo Tower and “Happy Endings” 3

Japan Day 1: Tokyo Tower and “Happy Endings”

Good morning!  That’s right, it’s morning in Japan and most of you reading my blog are probably getting off work for the evening. Before I started typing this I went to the vending machine down the hall from my room and bought a small canned coffee called “Georgia Black.”  At...

Japan Day 1: Show me where the Pikachu touched you. (Hello Japan!) 0

Japan Day 1: Show me where the Pikachu touched you. (Hello Japan!)

So my first full day in Japan consisted for four main things: Walking around Tokyo in the morning. Going to Tokyo Tower. Going to the Tokyo International Anime Fair at Big Sight. Going to the Hard Rock Cafe. Walking around Tokyo in the morning I saw more things that put me...

Japan Day 0: Google & The Internet Will Save You in Japan + TOILETS! 2

Japan Day 0: Google & The Internet Will Save You in Japan + TOILETS!

It’s 1:30 AM Thursday night/Friday morning as I write this.  Today (Day 1) was SOOOO busy, but I’m trying to wrap up one last Day 0 story before starting that. I’ll write about Day 1 in the morning which (for most of you) is the evening. Confused yet? Yeah.  Me...

Japan Day 0: The Airplane Adventure & OMG THERE’S SO MUCH ENGLISH! 2

Japan Day 0: The Airplane Adventure & OMG THERE’S SO MUCH ENGLISH!

By the time this posts I will be back on the ground and in Japan.  I am counting on finding some Wi-fi at the airport when I land, but who knows?  Regardless, it should be noted that I am writing this on my Samsung tablet at 30,000 feet.  Hence thumbs...

Japan Day 0: Getting on a plane for TWELVE HOURS. 1

Japan Day 0: Getting on a plane for TWELVE HOURS.

Good morning!  It’s still in the AM here in Southern California.  I am drinking Starbucks and my body is wondering why I am not having lunch. I am waiting for members of the Anime Expo team to meet me down in the lobby of the Westin LAX so we can...