A Christmas gift for Nokia fans: The N86 across Asia!

Here’s one final souvenir from last month’s trip around the world — three once-in-a-lifetime photo opps as seen through the mighty lens of Nokia’s N86

Nokia fanboy money shot.
Wat Pho, Bangkok
Another Nokia N86 money shot: Taipei 101
Taipei 101, Taipei
Shibuya Crossing, as seen on my N86
Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

As you can see via the reflection in the pic directly above, all three photos were captured with an N79 — a fine camera phone in its own right…

Thanks once again to Tom and WOM World for entrusting me with an N86. And to my loyal readers, first-time visitors, even comment spammers, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday close to the people you care about. For yours truly, some exciting things are afoot in 2010… Stay tuned!

#ACRTW – Sucking face with a tuna at Midorisushi.

A heartfelt thanks to Q-Taro and his lovely girlfriend for ensuring that the penultimate meal of my trip around the around wasn’t McDonald’s…

After an afternoon of shopping I got the call to head out to Umegaoka Station on the Odakyu rail line. A short trip that should have taken 15 minutes instead took over an hour, partly because I couldn’t actually find the Odakyu line in the cavernous Shibuya station, partly because I took the express train instead of the local and overshot my destination and partly because email wasn’t working on my N86, due to lingering connection settings from Taipei.

None of this ultimately mattered, because by the time I got to where I was supposed to be my fellow diners were 45 minutes in to an hour-long wait for a table at Midorisushi.

Though we sat down for raw fish one of friendly staff talked us into this rather large cooked tuna jaw:

Tuna Jaw

Once you scraped the meat off the bone it was a lot more tender than you’d think!

Black sesame, green tea & sweet potato ice cream.

After that massive appetizer and an assortment of fresh-from-the-sea sushi (which I unfortunately neglected to photograph) it was time for dessert — (from the left) black sesame, green tea and sweet potato ice cream. There was but a single order of the black sesame left and it was supposedly the tastiest of the three. As the guest I was given the honour of devouring it but I shared because I’m cool like that…

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Japan’s Hot Handsets – November ’09 Edition

No mobile fanatic’s trip to Japan would be complete without a report on the latest fashionable and high-functioning keitai. Even if it’s only playing with dummy display models or pouring through the catalogs I brought home with me, one can always dream…

DoCoMo, as always, has a bewildering choice of mobiles in their product portfolio. But the one that caught my eye was the N-09A, part of their SMART series. Unlike the BlackBerry Bold these babies come with real leather on the casing — or metal or wood (?!)

Though the clamshell or flip-phone is traditionally the design of choice for the Japanese mobile user, sliders like the WILLCOM LU (link in Japanese, sorry…) are steadily becoming more popular. I like the LU’s big buttons and chunky, squared-off look.

Softbank — or more accurately, Panasonic — takes the slider up a notch with an awesome plum-on-black colour scheme on this 940P. And that scroll wheel on the front panel is notched for variable speed and better accuracy.

But I think the best-looking handset I saw in Tokyo was this G9, part of KDDI’s new iida line. It’s worth visiting their site to see the other ground-breaking designs there — that is if you’re willing to wait for a ginormous Flash movie to load…

So which one is your favourite? Or maybe you know of something in Japan that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

#ACRTW – My Saturday shopping spree in Tokyo.

Though Japan’s kick-ass keitai aren’t really suitable for export, there’s plenty of other stuff that is. Here are some highlights from my Tokyo stopover:

Wise-Walker - Cool New Line of Man-Purses at Tokyu Hands

It’s not only white phones that I like… Here’s a collection of man-purses from Wise-Walker on display at the fashionable Tokyu Hands — specifically the Shibuya location near my hotel.

Cool Netbook Sleeves at Tokyu Hands

These neoprene netbook/laptop sleeves were also pretty cool. I might have picked one up but truth is my Eee PC fits in my Porter bag just fine.

OMFG, Ninjas!!1!

I was also quite thrilled to find an ample supply of phone ninjas in Asakusa, exactly where I had purchased them some three years ago. No white ones, though. 😦

Crazy Odaiba Cat Store - Entrance

And not being the selfish type I had to make my way back to this crazy cat store in Odaiba so I could bring back something for my boy. They had an interesting selection of humiliating strap-on hats and such but I settled for a more practical gift — some salmon jerky, which he polished off in less than 24 hours…

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#ACRTW – My very tasteful audio tour of the Japanese toilet experience.

Toto Toilet Console

Here’s something a little different — an audio walkthrough of the fancy toilet in my Tokyo hotel room. If you’ve been listening to the DyscultureD podcast you’ll have already heard this at the end of Episode 59. If not, check it out — it’s totally SFW!

Japanese Toilet Audio Walkthrough by acurrie

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