I've been putting this off time and time again and am determined to finish my Santafication tour of last year.

First up in early December was my annual visitation to The Tohoku Electric Friends of Canada Christmas party. Ably assisted by "Black Santa", we handed out prizes to all the attendees and got to eat and drink some Canadian fare.

Hey, could that be fellow Canuck Blaise of Monkey Majik fame on the right?

As a finale, we warbled out a raucous version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Before the main attraction (ME), the Men's choir sang a few Christmassy tunes as well as a harmonic rendering of Oh Canada! They were pretty good and may have recruited me to join them next year.

The other main attraction was an attractive Paper-cutting Dancer. Woohoo! She made me a Dragon!


The above individual is the new Canadian Ambassador to Japan whose name eludes me. We went to an after party with he and a few other celebs.

This is the album cover of Monkey Majik's latest single, which can be heard during the end credits of the latest Cyborg 009 movie! 

I landed a present from the gig as well, a box of chocolates. My intention was to regift the goodies, but they ended up in my tummy instead.

My next gig was taking pictures with several dozen kiddies at a couple of Day Care centers. Alas, not many photos were taken.

One of my reindeer.

Most interesting anecdote from the day was at my second gig out in the sticks near Aizu. As I walked in in full Santa garb, one of the staff said, "Good Morning." I replied, "Actually, it's Good Afternoon." She then said "Michael Sensei??" She recognized my voice as her teacher 10 years ago at Seiwa High School! (Or she recognized the condescending tone I used in correction her.)

Part 2 of Santification will continue tomorrow...


Happy Newt Year!

I cannot believe that it has been several weeks since I last blogged. I guess something else always seemed to come up. Hopefully I'll be back in full swing and catch you up on all the festivities since Black Friday.

Here's a Newt to tide you over.

My New Year's Eve was spent in the pub with a few friends to ring in the demise of the horrific 2016 and welcome the hopefully less horrible 2017. The Hub graciously provided us with some cool mustaches so we could look cool and so I could hit on some gals.

Anyone who bought me a belated birthday beer received a Harry Potter/ Fantastic Beasts hanky and a wand. I managed to imbibe five pints that way. (I'm the only one I know who gives away presents on their birthday.)

Three of us went to Karaoke for a few hours afterwards and I popped into my neighbourhood shrine to pay my respects.

On New Year's Day, I made my way downtown to see Rouge One Rogue One in IMAX because the first of the month is a cheap movie day. Cool, we landed this sweet poster as well.

I have a Star Wars post that I'll save for a rainy day but since it is the new year and I'd like to pay tribute to at least one person who passed away last year, Carrie Fisher. Here are some pictures from last year's calendar that showcase Princess Leia.

Calendars are darned expensive over here and they don't ever go on sale until around ten months after the year is over. So I was hard pressed to find one. I settled for one from a DVD magazine, yet it is a cool one.

Because this calendar was so cheap, and because I'll forget to post the pics bimonthly, I'll reproduce the whole thing for you now.

A handy dandy chart showing all the DVD release dates of kaiju movies.

That's it for now. Happy Belated New Year!

We must steal our selves for the upcoming Year of the Cock (Rooster) featuring the Drumphmeister!


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