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Ugly Betty on Japanese TV

Ugly Betty on Japanese TV

The first season of “Ugly Betty” has started in Japan, too. A small preview of the Japanese version is now available form its Japanese official site. Wonder how American people think of it if they check that?

In Japan those suspense drams like “24” or “LOST” are more popular – they even score higher rental-rates than movies at rental DVD shops.

24 Twenty Four

Lost tv drama

Other dramas such as “The O.C” or “Desperate Housewives” are also put on the air in Japan, but not quite as popular. (Although I like them) .

The OC

desperate housewives 3

Our own Japanese dramas are getting pretty boring nowadays, and people would enjoy American or Korean dramas more.

Ugly Betty (Japan)
24 -TWENTY FOUR (Japan)
LOST (Japan)
The OC (Japan)
Desperate Housewives 3 (Japan)

Shinkansen trip 10.30.2007 part2 (Mt.Fuji & Nagoya station)



Mt. Fuji (view from Shinkansen)


Nagoya Station (Shinkansen platform)


Nagoya is near TOYOTA’s hometown “Tokyota city”. New Buildings built up as Toyota’s global success.


This is my hometown”Hikone”.

City of Nagoya:English
Toyota City Hall – Official Homepage

Tokyo Station (Shinkansen trip)


The station of the Shinkansen in Tokyo is Tokyo/Shinagawa station. (Well, there is also the Shin Yokohama station).


This brick station was built 100 years ago. Its old fashioned look is sort of isolated from the surrounding newly-redeveloped buildings and skyscrapers, but it is nicely old & kawaii station.


Opposite to Tokyo station is the Imperial Palace
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Shinkansen trip 10.30.2007 part1(Tokaido Shinkansen)


Sounds like takako has traveled by Shinkansen bullet train. I did go home by Shinkansen, too. My little trip was from Tokyo to Maibara (Shiga Pref.).


The Tokaido Shinkansen takes you to Kansai area like Osaka or Kyoto, Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai, Morioka or Akita, or Nigata Shinkansen to Nigata from Tokyo.


ticket counter


Check the departure board of Tokaido Shinkansen.

Q-pot. 07/08 A/W & I bought…

Q-pot. accessories

Q-pot. produces fashion accessories using the “food sample” technology. The 07/08 A/W collections are Round Biscuit, Strawberry Milk and new versions of the popular Creamy Macaroon. New series are all in romantic colors.

Q-pot. accessories

Sparkling with Swarovski rhinestones, or decorated with lovely fur and velour. They looks like sweets for Marie-Antoinette! Each Q-pot. stores has got its own “taste”. I bought a “maccha” in Kyoto. Not only this season’s, but there have been all pretty stuff in the past seasons.
So don’t forget to check them out!


momo-cyan became a Japanese sweet.

I got a Momo-cyan sweet and mitarashi-dango at a Japanese-style confectionery shop”oosumi-tamaya”.

sooo cute to eat Momo-cyan.

Momo-cyan sweet

Momo-cyan sweet

Momo-cyan is a PostPet Momo the Pink Teddy Bear.
mitarashi-dango are dipped in sweet syrup made with soysauce, sugar and starch.




daruma bento & kamameshi bento

daruma bento

daruma bento

I went to Nagano on the Shinkansen last weekend. I had Ekiben(Daruma bento &
Kamameshi bento) both ways(going and coming) on the Shinkansen.
They were made with tasty riches from the mountains like bamboo shoot,
shiitake mushrooms, etc. It’s always fun to eat Ekiben on the trains.

Daruma bento comes in a Daruma dolls. Daruma dolls are hollow and round Japanese wish dolls with no arms or legs,modelled after Bodhidharma.



Kamameshi bento comes in a rustic earthenware pot.

Ekiben (Railway boxed meal) are a specific type of bento boxed meals, sold on
trains and train stations in Japan.

Ekiben containers can be very attractive: made from plastic, wood, or ceramic.
Many train stations have since become famous for their especially tasty ekiben,
made from local food specialties.



MADELINE is a popular character of a children book, set at a boarding school in Paris.
This year’s new autumn/winter product theme is MADELINE of “pâtissier” ( well, she is a girl, so it is actually “pâtissière”!) Looks so yummy & kawaii!

There are so many famous characters out there, not only MADELINE, or our very own HELLO KITTY, but also ones such as Mickey Mouse, Snoopy and so on. Here, you will find a looooo…..t of Japan-only products of theirs. Enjoy!


Welcome to Madeline.com – The Official Madeline Site


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