News Sushi #89: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #89 And we (Hamish) keep serving the best News Sushi!
Hooray! Hamish is back!
Editor Note:It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. Hamish brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan.

Thank you (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!

We’re entering holiday mode at TGGeeks so, you’ll be getting the express edition of News Sushi for the next six weeks! Hope you have a happy holiday season!



I don’t often do these, but this is too good not to share…

あります is a Japanese be-verb, so it basically means that at this restaurant, your wife exists. A pretty bold claim?

Of course they are talking about WiFi… and if they really were referring to a human wife, they’d need to use the be-verb for living things – います。

For a more detailed look:


According to the Japan Times, a 71-year old Japanese man has been arrested recently due to making 24,000 complaint calls to the custom service staff of KDDI (a telecommunications company).

For more info:

Forcing children to sit in the traditional seiza style to be considered an unacceptable form of punishment under new law. Anyone sitting on a tatami matt at a traditional restaurant could have told you that!

For more info:

Visiting a Japanese Rest Stop/Service station… Dean and Kenji try Eel-flavoured Cola!

Mr Gay Japan sends a fond farewell to his beloved cat…

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【猫】  そういえば昔、オーストラリアでホームスティをしてた時に猫を勝手に飼っていたことがある。  名前はNEKO(そのまんま)  ホストファーザーはGO AWAYと呼び  ホストマザーはCATと呼び  娘達はCharlieと呼んでいた。  野良で修羅場を潜り抜けてきた猫だったので、耳はちぎれてるし、牙は折れてるはで初めて会った時はズタボロだったけど、人間は絶対に引っ掻かない穏やかな猫でした。  最期は自分の死期を知ってか、こっそりといなくなってしまったけど、お互いに楽しい思い出しかない5年間でした。  先日、猫カフェに行ってNEKOにそっくりな黒猫を見たのでついセンチメンタルに思い出してしまいました。   【Cat】  I had a cat before.   Her name was NEKO.  She was a cat that had gone through the tough time as her ear was ripped and teeth was broken when I first met her on the street.   We had a such a wonderful five years together but just like any other cats, when she knew she was dying, she disappeared in front of me without saying good bye.   The other day I went to a cat cafe and saw a black cat that looked like NEKO, so the good memories with her came back to my heart.    #mrgayjapan #cat #neko #catcafe #catbrisbane #gaycat #ミスターゲイジャパン #猫 #猫カフェ #ねこ #gayjapan #猫好き #にゃー #ニャンニャン #🐈

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And that is that!

Until next time… bye!



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