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Big Trouble in Little Tokyo

Ok, well there was no trouble at all really, I just like the subject line since Big Trouble in Little China is one of my all-time favorite movies and if you don't like it, you can get the hell off this web site right now. Then again, some would argue that I should've used Showdown in Little Tokyo for the title of this post instead. Now, while I agree that watching an action movie where Brandon Lee compliments Dolph Lundgren about the size of his penis is downright hilarious, it just doesn't hold a candle to BTILC.

So anyway, this past weekend we once again went exploring around Los Angeles. I'm sure you've already seen the new minimock feature about the Animatronics Exhibit we visited, if not, be sure to check it out. After we finished checking out all of the crazy animatronics, we decided to head on over to Little Tokyo - also known as Japantown, J-Town, and perhaps even J-Lo.

At the Little Tokyo Shopping Center (formerly the Mitsuwa Plaza), they were having an Anime festival. Though, I'm not sure if you can call something a festival when maybe 50 people showed up. Anyway, when we arrived, Mari Iijima was there playing piano and singing while her adoring fans sat and listened. Actually, it seemed like she was talking to her fans more than playing her songs because every time I walked by, I swear she was talking about love, people she's loved, people who loved her and... more love. Then again, isn't that pretty much what every song in anime movies are about? Eh, beats me, I'm not really into anime.

Whether you speak Japanese or not, you can still play the games. Well, most of them at least.

We walked around a bit and found Japan Arcade which was a lot of fun since all of the games were in Japanese and we had to just wing it. Re and I went head-to-head in a game of Typing of the Dead which was a blast, because not only is it fun to type fast and kill zombies as a result, but all the words you have to type are in Japanese so that increases the difficulty tenfold. We then played Puzzle Bobble for a while and had some real good matches. There was also some game that had photos of Japanese girls in their underwear 'n shit. I have no clue what the hell that game was about. Anyway, when it was all said 'n done, I kicked Re's ass in the video games and somewhat redeemed myself after she destroyed me at that arcade on our Road Trip.

Aside from the arcade, the one other really cool thing about the Little Tokyo Shopping Center is that there's a grocery store on the bottom floor - Mitsuwa Marketplace. It's apparently the largest Japanese supermarket in the United States. If that's true, it's sad, because it seemed like an average size grocery store to me. Either way, it was a blast walking around in there and looking at all of the crazy Japanese foods and drinks. Aside from all the fish and tofu, the packaging on Japanese snacks is probably some of the most colorful stuff you'll ever see. I took a bunch o' photos of these packages and I'll be putting up a new Shorts piece to showcase them a little later this week. In all seriousness, it looks like a rainbow threw-up all over their snack section and forever stained the packages with a million bright colors.

Hmm, a rainbow throwing up a rainbow of colors. I don't know why, but I like that idea. Tell ya what. To any of you who draw me picture of a rainbow throwing up a rainbow of colors: I will post your pictures here in the blog. Do we have a deal? Alright then, get to work on those nauseated rainbows and email your pics to me!

On a final note, I'd like to congratulate my buddies over at Cracked on the premiere issue of their new magazine finally coming out. So go out and buy it. Buy three or four. I'm working on an article for one of the upcoming issues (hopefully issue #3) so I'll keep ya posted on that.



Smon (Guest) on 08/16/2006 4:55 am


Ramon (Guest) on 08/16/2006 11:52 am

About Mitsuwa Marketplace, there's actually 3 or 4 of them in the LA area, the one near Venice is slightly bigger than that one in J-Town, it has a restaurant and bookstore included with the supermaret. It's a great place.


Adam (Guest) on 08/16/2006 1:56 pm

Did you see any Pocky in the supermarket? Pocky is possibly the best food invented by man.


-RoG- (Guest) on 08/16/2006 4:15 pm

Smon, haha thanks. Since you're the first one to submit a "rainbow puking up a rainbow" picture, yours will be the first one in my next blog post.

Ramon, that's weird, because the one we went to was promoted as the "largest in the United States" 'n all. I'll have to check out that other one near Venice next time I'm around there. Thanks for lettin' me know!

Adam, oh yeah, you betcha. In fact, I took a picture with two giant Pocky boxes while I was there. I'll be sure to include them in the Shorts piece when I put it up later this week.


Jared Roberts (Guest) on 08/16/2006 5:09 pm

One rainbow-puking-a-rainbow comin' up! Actually, I confess this is rather a French rainbow puking up the rainbowous stomach contents that one would be quite right in expecting in the bowels of a rainbow; which, being discharged, I believe, produces much of the desired effect of a rainbow puking up another rainbow; and has, too, the benefit of being much more plausible (right?). So here it is: Rainbow-puking-rainbow


Angryhydralisk (Guest) on 08/16/2006 7:40 pm

I always wanted to play Typing of the Dead (And Pinball of the Dead for that matter!) just for the fact that zombies throw those Dreamcast maracas (It'd be funnier if they threw old 32X's and Saturns as well.) at you.


James (Guest) on 08/16/2006 10:34 pm

Nothing like extrmely wierd Japanese games. Did you know that they sell soiled panties in vending machines in Japan as well? look for those, that would make a hilarious yet disturbing picture.


Ghost Rider (Guest) on 08/16/2006 11:24 pm

WTF?! Soiled panties? Who the heck buys those?

maybe I should sell my soiled boxers for profit


-RoG- (Guest) on 08/17/2006 1:52 pm

Jared Roberts, heheh good stuff, thanks!

Angryhydralisk, I have a Dreamcast in storage and now I really want to get two keyboards for it so I can bust it out and play Typing of the Dead. Is Pinball of the Dead on the Dreamcast too? I recall seeing it for the GBA a while back...

James, Japan is from another planet.

Keep emailing me those rainbows puking rainbows everyone!


Socks (Guest) on 08/17/2006 8:26 pm

Now, Flash hates exporting .gifs, but here you are, sir:


Angryhydralisk (Guest) on 08/17/2006 9:51 pm

My mistake. pinball is on GBA. Typing's on Dreamcast.


James (Guest) on 08/18/2006 11:05 am

Wish I could go to planet Japan. But alas, I am stuck on Sumo Planet :(


James (Guest) on 08/18/2006 12:00 pm

Which in probably the same planet


Darnin (Guest) on 08/18/2006 1:43 pm

Those crazy Japaneses...

Anyway, here's my really bad rainbow puking picture!


CodieKitty (Guest) on 08/23/2006 4:15 pm

Is it just me or in Little Tokyo does Lundgren, whose character was supposed to have been raised in Japan, say "seppuku" wrong? I swear he says "seh-puh-koo" instead of "sehp-poo-koo". Okay, I'm nitpicking, but sheesh, if you're going to give somebody a role like that give them a crash course on Japanese moras and pronounciation. It's not like Japanese would be all that hard for somebody who has as firm a grasp on English as him (I'd pay money to see Schwarzenegger attempt Japanese)


Steve (Guest) on 08/24/2006 12:18 pm

You're forgetting RoG that a regular sized American grocery store in Japan is comparable to a whole mall in America


dan (Guest) on 09/01/2006 1:44 am

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