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Take Me There:

I recently left California for my Pacific Northwest home for the holidays and maybe this isn’t surprising to anyone at all who has left and returned home, but my perception of how I look at Seattle has completely changed. I now have come to the realization that being stuck in traffic in Seattle is nothing compared to what it is like in the Bay when I am driving 280 to get up to San Francisco. I appreciate the skyline in Seattle so much more as I’m driving into the city whereas when I lived here and was so used to that drive, I would never take a second to look to my right and see the Space Needle gleaming down at me. I think it’s one of the most gorgeous sights even though it is a tourist wallet eater. I am very much drawn to the lights of my city during my trip home this time around and if I could give it some sort of a theme, I would but for now I’m pretty happy that I have such a strong and vivid image of the skyline twinkling even if I’m not here.

These tunnel of lights above can be found in Japan though!

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KFC Japan Offers Deep Fried Soup

I love my soups, I really do, but do I believe it needs to be deep fried? Not so much…

KFC Japan is offering up a new menu item in which they bread the corn potage and cook it to a crisp. The soup will be available at KFC’s in Japan for a limited time only starting September 5th.

Readers, would you try it?

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The Weekend: 5 Things

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Are we halfway through summer yet? Because it feels like the summer weekends are just flying by! This weekend was the weekend of all goodbyes. With my friend Margo leaving for Philly, Ashley off to San Diego and Mandi and Eric driving to San Francisco today to start the next chapters in their lives, I am excited for what’s to come. My friend Mathew asked me last night, “Are you sad?” to which I responded, “About what?” And he said, “All your friends are leaving!” Yes, that is true; they are all leaving, but I’m not sad because they’re my friends. They are going to do great things and I would hope that if I were in their place that they would be just as happy for me and I know they would. Moving on, moving forward, life – there’s nothing to be sad about.

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Out on the Town: 6/27

photo cred | The Stranger

Starting tomorrow, the Seattle Art Museum will be premiering their new exhibit showcasing 30 years in Japanese fashion. The exhibition will include 80 pieces of gowns and garments and have made it all the way to Seattle from the Kyoto Costume Institute. I am so excited to view this exhibit in person! Anyone else planning on making the trip?

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Currently Craving:

The Moffle

oh yes. Mochi waffles.

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In the News…

Fashion

- Zooey Deschanel does not look like Zooey Deschanel on the cover of Glamour. [Source]

- Fake braces are all the rage right now in Asia. [Source]

Music

- Girls will be releasing a soundtrack in January! Excited. Hope this is on Spotify because their music selection is. on. point. [Source]

- Our girl Britney will be working on a new album. [Source]

Television

- a scripted hour-long drama is in the works for E! and will be a mixture of Gallery Girls and Mean Girls called Gallerina [Source]

- Ann Curry won’t let that NBC drama get her down. Apparently, she’s been contacted for a position at CNN as an anchor. [Source]

- The shows that ended in 2012.

- Andddd the television characters that passed away in 2012. [Source]

Movies

- The Twilight Saga was voted the worst movies of all time. Shocker. [Source]

Seattle

- We prepare to say goodbye to the iconic Easy Street Records on Queen Anne. [Source]

Other

- Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris finally got married! She didn’t run away this time. [Source]

Did I mention that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a spawn baby together?

- The PS2 is not more. Japan stops production. [Source]

- Are you in a profession that could lead you to being a psychopath?

Author Kevin Dutton tells us in his new book which professions are most likely and least likely to lead to psychopathy. [Source]

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The S House

Kevin sent me this link showcasing the “S House” located in Japan the other day and you won’t believe the way the interior looks…

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Babyloid

[photo cred | inhabitat]

Japan has a new creation on their hands and it is called Babyloid. Babyloid is a robot baby that was designed to ease depression for the elderly by providing them company. Also, how can you even manage to stay sad when you’ve got an adorable “baby” in your hands.

Babyloid can produce more than 100 different sounds.

Watch a video of Babyloid in use here.

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Are You Familiar With Uniqlo Yet?

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You will be soon. Japanese retailer Uniqlo will soon be what everyone is talking about over here in the US. With two New York locations under their belt, it won’t be long until Uniqlo decides to expand even more within the states. Actually, there will be a west coast store planted sometime in October and rumor has it that it might be in Seattle. Back in the spring, Seattle blogs were buzzing with speculation that the H&M and Zara like retailer would be coming here and all of their facts seemed true.

Not located on the west coast or east coast? Don’t worry your pretty little head, Uniqlo will also offer e-commerce opportunities – a feature that both H&M and Zara offer as well except Uniqlo will jump on it much quicker.

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2011′s Most Powerful Photographs

“A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan on March 14.”

(Reuters / Yuriko Nakao)

Can you believe that another year has come and gone? Round up posts are some of my favorites during this time and BuzzFeed has gotten an early start by posting the 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2011. In the post, you’ll find some of the ones you expected – that couple making out on the ground in Vancouver during the riots, that one cop that pepper sprayed protesters at UC Davis and got turned into an internet meme, and the aftermath of the Japanese coast tsunami. You’ll also find a series of photos that you may not have seen before, but still relevant to our year. These images are incredibly powerful and every year reminds me of how little I know about the world.

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Japan Has Some Serious Fun

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The absence of finals during finals week and minimal assignments during “dead week” has contributed greatly to my stress-free quarter. I’m not quite sure yet if someone just wanted to cut me some slack in my senior year or decided that I just deserved it or not, but this is the best quarter I have ever had at Seattle U and this NEVER almost never happens the way I want it to. And thank goodness because I now have time to watch videos like these and laugh my head off. Dad – I think you’re going to like these!

(From Veronica)

(and my personal favorite)

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Is this Japanese bartender drinking a beer in one second the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen?

It’s up there.

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In the News…

Fashion

- Street style photographers Scott Schuman and Garance Dore are both expanding their blogs together. [Source]

- James Franco is on the cover of Flaunt’s latest issue baring his ASSets. [Source]

- Crooked teeth are so in. Go get them done. [Source]

Music

- Kevin Richardson will perform with the Backstreet Boys again for a one-time performance. [Source]

- Maroon 5′s Adam Levine hates Fox News. A lot. [Source]

Television

- MTV will air True Life: I’m Occupying Wall Street on Nov. 5th 6PM EST [Source]

Movies

- Paranormal Activity 3 set the world record for biggest horror movie debut this past weekend raking in $54 million at the box office. [Source]

Seattle

- The Chocolate Box is planning a pop-up shop outside of Pacific Place for mid-fall. The Chocolate Box Express will open Nov. 12 for weekends and beginning Nov 25. daily. [Source]

Other

- The Kardashians are expanding into home decor with their new trademarked name Kardashian Kollection Home. [Source]

- Lindsay Lohan will pose for Playboy for a reported $1 million. [Source]

- Lindsay Lohan arrived to court the other day with some pretty inflated cheeks. Reason for bloating? Apparently she got some dental work done and thank goodness cause her teeth were a wreck last week. [Source]

- Tony Romo and Candice Crawford are expecting. [Source]

- Actress Kaley Cuoco is engaged to boyfriend Josh ‘Lazie’ Reznik. [Source]

- Tara Reid confesses that she’s not actually married? [Source]

- The Oakland Police Department just went nuts on the locals participating in OccupyOakland by resorting to tear gas. [Source]

- Japan’s Burger King is launching a new promotion that allows customers to eat “All the Whoppers they can in 30 minutes.” For $11, you can eat to your heart’s content. If America launched this, we’d be in big trouble. [Source]

- Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama are dating…again? He sure likes his barely legals. [Source]

- Amy Winehouse died unintentionally by consuming too much alcohol. [Source]

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Women’s World Cup Final

Congratulations Japan on a well-deserved win this morning in the Women’s World Cup!

What an intense game! I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the entire time and was rooting for our USA ladies because they put up one hell of a fight. In the end, the win went to Japan and to be honest, it could’ve gone either way. Regardless, both teams played incredibly and everyone should be proud of them.

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By the way, if you happen to be one of these people, you should be embarrassed of yourself. I know that I’m not alone when I say that I am disgusted by this kind of behavior. Your ignorance gives us a bad name. #trashy

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Wake up with Gaga!

Gaga decided to give herself the eyes of an animated character at MTV’s recent Video Music Aid Japan event and even though it is absolutely terrifying, I think it’s kind of cool? I don’t know, thoughts?

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