Spaghetti-flavored popsicle. ‘Nuff said. I may have puked a little in my mouth.
I Think I’m Turning JapaNEWS 3.31.14 Edition
Hiho there folks! Sorry for the recent lack of updates. I was in Tokyo for most of last week for work stuff and then, when I got back, I was sicker than a slug. Couple that with the insanely beautiful weather right now and it’s really any wonder that I’m writing something at all!
Anyways, since I am doing my best to keep the JapaNEWS as a weekly-ish show, I pumped out a March 31st edition of the thing, no matter how unprepared or sick I was.
On this week’s/ last week’s show, I discuss:
A dude is released from Japanese Death Row after 40 years.
A Fukushima cleanup worker dies but not from what you think.
The Japanese tax hike and its fallout.
And finally, the big Tokyo Youtube Hanami thing happening on the 5th. Also promoted here
As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to leave them either here or on the youtube channel OR on twitter (@STEPHEN_TETSU).
And with that, expect this week’s installment to drop in a few days.
PS Sorry for the total lack of updates. I have been really busy with work and sicker than fish. I promise to be better going forward and if I’m not, you can shoot me.
Stephen’s Video Round-Up
It’s been a while since I’ve shared my videos on this page but since I’m feeling sick and much too tired to write up an actual post today, I’m just going to round up some of my non-written content over the past couple of weeks or so, mainly from my youtube channel, on which I usually just eat food and occasionally talk at a camera.
I got a new mic and to test it out I made a couple of videos. These were the result:
Stephen Eats Weird(ish) Japan
In this long series of videos, I pretty much pull stuff from off the shelves of my local convenience store and claim it’s weird and then eat it. Not very exciting but if you’re into junk food, this is probably in your wheelhouse.
For more videos and stuff featuring me in general, just check out (or subscribe to… or both) my Youtube Channel page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChj5O1kpXH4kxVQqQBFuPVg
Or not. I honestly don’t really care. #BOSS
Stephen Eats Weird(ish) Japan: Mountain Dew Cheetos
Got a doozy for you guys tonight. If you’re like me and have lived the typical life of a 18-24 year old American, you have revelled in many a night of eating way unhealthily and generally being up to absolutely no good. In other words, there were many Cheetos and Mountain Dew type nights. Well, in that case, I’ve got great/terrible news for you: In Japan, some genius marketing department has decided to combine the two into one gloriously disturbing package.
Me being the nice guy that I am, I decided to take one for the team and sample this strange exotic delicacy. The result will not surprise anyone with any rational thinking skills:
It was absolutely disgusting, plain and simple. While texturally Cheetos-y, the flavor of the corn puffs simply screamed “chemical disaster!” I’d imagine that the genesis of this latest Japanese masterpiece was that one day a janitor at the Frito-Lays plant accidentally dumped his mop water into a vat of otherwise normal Cheetos and thus forced an entire nation to endure a simply dreadful snacking experience.
On the Mount Rushmore of arbitrary Japanese ingenuity, Mountain Dew Cheetos go up next to kendamas, washlets, and robot dogs. The Mount Rushmore of arbitrary Japanese ingenuity would then promptly implode, leaving nothing but odd vaguely Mountain Dew-ey Cheetos dust in its wake.
If you encounter a cup of these things in a dark alley, I’d suggest that you run. Run as fast as your stubby legs can take you. And don’t look back.