JapanicTV Quick Video 02 - Pain Station Round 2
JapanicTV Quick Video 02 – Pain Station Round 2

Here’s another quickvideo from the Turks. You may recall in Episode 3 that Will and Zensho got to play a little arcade game called the Painstation. Well, in this quickvideo, the Turks manage to persuade a young J-Dude to play Will.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_QuickVid_02_PSRound2.m4v

Or watch and share this video on YouTube:

Danger = No-Admittance!This warning sign at the imperial gardens clearly states in Japanese the message of 危険(kiken) which means ‘DANGER’. However, those of you who can read English can see that the message to the foreign community as ‘No Admittance’.

It’s quite apparent that warnings of danger was not enough to fend off the throngs of brash, Western tourists with their daredevil attitudes. After several injuries and one death, the officials finally amended the sign to say “NO ADMITTANCE”. Leave it to Westerners to respect property laws over their own safety. Must be a lay over from Manifest Destiny.


Here are the photos that go along with the activites from episode three. Lots of Fuji and lots of the Tokyo Anime Festival.

Will's Fuji
Will’s Photos from Mount Fuji

Phil's Fuji
More pics of Fuji. Credit for these goes to Will’s friend Phil.

Tokyo Anime Festival
Tokyo Anime Festival, 2006

Japanic TV - Episode 03
Japanic TV Episode 03

This time around the Turks check out some more technologically advanced art at the Electrical Fantasista, climb the highest mountain in Japan, and put their newly acquired status as members of the press to good use at the Tokyo Anime Fair. Also, two new recurring segments are introduced. Don’t miss this first full episode of the new year, now in a glorious higher resolution.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_Episode_03.m4v

Related Links
Tokyo International Anime Fair
Mount Fuji Information

Ice Skating, Wide Shot
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have the grace and coordination of a really drunk toddler. I drop things every day and I fall completely over about once a week. You may remember that I killed my last computer by trying to enjoy a delicious pineapple soft drink and check my email at the same time. It’s a curse that began with the start of a long, ungainly adolescence and has continued until this day.

With this in mind, I decided to go ice skating on the last day of my winter vacation. Sure, that seems like something I should avoid, but if I’m going to fall anyway, I might as well fall enjoying myself.

To my surprise, I stayed up the whole time. Of course, it wasn’t always pretty. A lot of unsteady pinwheeling was involved and once or twice I may have even hit a wall at full speed, but up is up. Could this be the beginning of a new found equilibrium? Could I finally be ready to say good-bye to my constant companion, awkwardness? I can only hope.

My favorite moment of the day came when I was checking through my pictures. Zensho had taken a photo to prove that I had, in fact, gone to the ice skating rink and by pure coincidence captured a small boy wiping out in the background. Imagine my delight. Someone is falling in a photograph and it’s not me. I’m totally more skilled that this child, who I’m guessing is 5 or 6 years old. Victory is mine.

Ice Skating, Cropped

Eat it, kid!


Here are all the photos that the Turks used to make the New Year’s Eve video. All these photos were taken at Womb in Shibuya in the midst of a redicuously fun time. We tried to throw in names of anyone we knew, but there were a lot of people who we just had no idea about.
New Years Eve Album.
New Year’s Eve

JapanicTV Quick Video 01 - New Years Eve
JapanicTV Quick Video 01 – New Years Eve

This year the Turks are resolving to make more episodes. A lot of footage has been shot, it just has to be edited into something worth watching. To hold you over, JapanicTV proudly presents their first quick video. It’s not a whole episode, but it’s still fun. Here are the Turks in action celebrating New Years Eve in style at Tokyo nightclub Womb. A good time was had by all. Special thanks to Reuben for the music playing underneath the vid.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_QuickVid_01_NYE.m4v

So new photo albums have been posted. These pictures are related to episode 02.

Ueno Cherry Blossoms
Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms

Aoyama Cemetery Cherry Blossoms
Aoyama Cemetery Cherry Blossoms

NHK Studio Park
NHK Studio Park

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day

Japanic TV - Episode 02
Japanic TV Episode 02

Turks don’t mind a good party, and in this episode they share some of the holiday related festivals that happen in their neck of the woods. Also, they go to an exhibit about an excellent animated movie, and poke around NHK studios.

Direct Download: http://www.japanictv.com/video_files/JapanicTV_Episode_02.m4v

A while back, I watched a trailer for a production Will was involved in where he plays a character who was coordinationally challenged. Sometime thereafter, Will did something clumsy, and I joked that he was “always in character.” It was meant as a sincere compliment on his dedication and acting methods.

However, over the course of the next few weeks, I realized that this was not an example of life IMITATING art. Will just is “always in character.” He can’t help it.

About a week ago, I come home to find Will taking a nap, so I go sit down in front of his laptop that we share (more about this hell machine later). After a while he sits up and asks me if the computer is running fine. Well, fine is a relative state, and as far as I could tell, the machine was running as fine as we had come to expect. Why did he ask?

Will grasps the instrument of destructionWith a mixture of relief and reluctance, he admitted that he had an episode of being in character. In the all too familiar momentary lapse in motor skills, he had spilled Canada Dry Pineapple Fizz all over the laptop. A quiet, drawn out expletive escaped my mouth.

Fortunately, the computer still technically runs, albeit with sporadic fits of disagreeabilities, but we’ll make do until we finally invest in some higher grade equipment. More “Will Always in Character” stories to come as/if/when they happen.


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