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Bandai Museum

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This is where I went today, with Mikey and Ari. For a dork like me, it was awesome. Had the “Character World” exhibition, where they had models and cases full of toys from all the Ultraman, Kamen Rider, Mazinger robot, and Super Sentai shows. Oh man it was awesome. Actually since it’s Bandai’s museum, the main thing they had on display was toys (as opposed to real props, etc), but it was still great. They had the 1:1 scale, die-cast metal Faiz Gear, which was cool to see. You could buy it for 31300 yen ($300) if you really wanted it, but I definitely passed. If I was a billionaire, I would have picked up a few though. Also, at the Sentai part of the display, where they had clips and toys from every Sentai (Power Ranger) show since the 70’s, it was interesting to see a shelf of robot toys where I had every single one of back home. Embarrassing and awesome at the same time. Kinda.

Afterwards, explored the Matsudo area with Ari and Mikey. A lot more to do there than I would have thought. Like Funabashi city, it’s pretty generic of Japanese cities, but it was cool for a change of pace. Had some awesome miso ramen, found a cheap arcade, and met up with Elida (who lives there). She’s been here for a few months but we never got around to meeting up.

That was my day, pretty laid back and fun. Bandai Museum is awesome. Tomorrow I might be going to the Tokyo Motor Show (car convention) at Makuhari Messe.

A quick non-Japan note: IUSTV

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IUSTV seems to be popping into my head every once in a while. In a way, I think more than classes or school, I am looking forward to going back to IU to work at IUSTV (student TV organization). I’ve been away from it for some time now, but I’m really looking forward to getting back in and starting up a new show or two. I’ll also get back to do some work on Hoosier Date?, our dating show, to make it even better. Honestly, it took me a long time to figure out how to “manage” stuff there right. I mean, I had almost an entire semester in charge of a team that pretty much did nothing and failed. With the new Programming Team, I was able to get the dating show started, and I actually had something to show for my work. I want to get even more TV shows made this spring, which means I’m going to have to kick the entire team into gear. I have a feeling that a bunch of people are going to quit once I get started again. Once I weed out the stragglers, and get some new staff who are really there to get stuff done, it will be awesome (and a lot of fun).

And on that note, would you guys kindly post (under comments here) what kinds of TV shows you think would be good for a student TV station? Please? Note that “student” means fairly low budget, and something that students would want to watch. I’ve got a bunch of ideas in my head, and need to sort them out. Also, my own odd taste and that I’ve seen so much strange Japanese TV lately probably puts me a bit out of sync with what would really be popular…

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