Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through time (2010)

Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010)
Director: Masaaki Taniguchi

This movie is more of a sequel to the 1983 movie. A girl consumes a solution that enables her to go back in time to a certain day and place. She accidentally wishes to go to 1974, instead of 1972. She drops in/on a guy (see trailer above) when she arrives in 1974. This young guy eventually lets her stay with him and she tries to  adjust to life in 1974 . The main reason for her trip was to find Kazuo Fukamachi (The boy from the future) in the 1983 and bring him to the present, to help her mother. Even though I like the 2006 animated version  of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, this had its fair share of funny and sad moments. The Girl from future, experiencing 1974 was an idea that I enjoyed.

IMDB page


Ustream: NHK and TBS news streams for Japan Quake & Tsunami

For those who are interested in keeping up with the news on the  Japanese disaster situation, there are two Ustream channels that you can watch.

NHK World TV– English languange.  Thanks to Danny Choo on twitter for the tip.
TBS- Japanese language

This is the first time I have ever really used the Ustream service. You will need to have Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer to view the video.


Japanese Microsoft Windows 7 Mascot?

Personification of an Operating System? I didn’t believe at first,  but the Japanese have done it quite a few times. They’re called OS-tan.

From The wikipedia entry:

The OS-tan are an Internet phenomenon or meme that originated within the Japanese Futaba Channel. The OS-tan are the moe anthropomorphism/personification of several operating systems by various amateur Japanese artists. The OS-tan are typically depicted as women, with the OS-tan representative of Microsoft Windows operating systems usually depicted as sisters of varying ages.

The one that represents Windows 7 even has a name… Nanami Madobe. The video is actually just an Anime-like promotional video for Windows 7 and DIY computer builds. I found it odd yet interesting at the same time.

Addititional Info:
Japanator post about  Win 7 OS-tan


Gabutto Burger: 1st try

Gabutto Burger
Mitsuwa Marketplace
100 East Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

I had the Egg Gabutto burger and a side of fries. It was different in a good way.

Let’s begin with the burger. Starting from the top, a bun ( no sesame seeds or any other toppings), egg, onion, lettuce, meat (beef + pork mix), Gabutto sauce, and finally another bun. An interesting thing to note is that the buns are baked fresh at the bakery (Pastry House Hippo) next door. There are likely to be differences with the other burgers on the menu. The burger was good down to the very last bite and I’d definitely try one of the other burgers.

The potato fries are shaped like your standard French fries but definitely nowhere near as greasy as the fries from McDonald’s or a similar establishment. I tried a single fry without any sauce and it’s quite boring. Someone was kind enough to point out that I had to use the flavor packets they give you.  I used garlic-butter flavor and found my fries to be very enjoyable.  There are quite a few other flavors available.

There’s a  kid’s meal offering with an optional Gashapon for an additional fee. Other things that are on the menu are a corn soup, fruit, and a salad. That’s definitely a good thing.

Here’s a list of the  burgers available for order:

  • Gabutto Burger (original)
  • Gabutto Egg Burger
  • Gabutto Cheese Burger
  • Teriyaki Burger
  • Teriyaki Egg Burger
  • Teriyaki Chicken Burger
  • BBQ Pork Rice Burger
  • Straight Burger
  • Straight Cheese Burger
  • Gabutto Tofu Burger
  • Teriyaki Tofu Burger
  • Teriyaki Wasabi Burger

Here’s a list  of the flavors available for the French Fries

  • Original Spice
  • Wasabi
  • Garlic & Butter
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Sour Cream & Onion
  • Corn Soup

If you’re ever at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Chicago, stop by the Food court try this place at least once. Since it recently opened last year, there may be a line.