August 10, 2003
Change in weather

Yesterday, typhoon #10 blew through Kanto. I was out in it. My 100 yen umbrella turned inside-out twice and bent slightly at the handle, but it kept me from getting entirely soaked, so it did good service.

Today it was perfectly clear and 35 degrees—the hottest day of summer so far. I know it doesn’t compare to the horrible heat-wave in Europe, but 35 is plenty hot enough for me.

We holed ourselves up in the living room, turned on the aircon, and watched Princess Mononoke. Twice. First in Japanese with English subtitles, and then again with Neil Gaiman’s really excellent dubbed script.

For our second feature we watched Forrest Gump.

LaQua’s restaurants include “Bubba Gump Shrimp Company,” an American restaurant chain featuring pallid, oversized portions and a Forrest Gump theme. The movie plays on screens throughout the restaurant; the menu is peppered with quotes from the movie; the drinks menu is attached to a ping pong paddle; and to get the attention of the waitstaff, you turn over a sign that says “Stop Forrest Stop.” We tried it a few weeks back and Tod revealed that he’d never seen Forrest Gump. I suppose if we return, the theme will make a lot more sense to him.

Although it’s a little late to matter, we both think Shawshank Redemption should have won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1995. Forrest Gump, which won, just doesn’t compare.

Posted by kuri at August 10, 2003 10:54 PM

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Isn’t it amazing how The Shawshank Redemption just seems to get better with age? It’s one of the top-selling DVDs, always in the top 20 according to Empire magazine. It was one of the first ones we bought for our collection.

But, I don’t know if it will inspire a restaurant chain!

Posted by: Helen on August 11, 2003 01:41 AM

Reporting from the heat wave in Europe: 43C yesterday in Toulouse, South of France… No ventilator, they have sold out until next year! Arrrrgh!

Posted by: Meenoo on August 11, 2003 04:52 AM

I knew the restaurants were out there, but I had no idea of the experience they offered. That sounds insufferable. The movie, while middling to good, can’t compare to the book, which is just laugh out loud funny.

Posted by: todd on August 12, 2003 12:07 AM
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