The Lazy Man’s Way to Tokyo, Day 9

I actually had some work to do today, so I didn’t go out much. I had to edit some more music files for Arvale: Short Tales for iPhone. I also had to print, sign, scan, and send some invoices. Luckily, I have a pretty portable music and work studio, like I mentioned in the shrinking studio article.


Because printing and scanning are two things that will never go away, I’ve since added the Pentax PocketJet3 (See Above) as my main printer. I was so incredibly impressed with the device (this is the same device they use for printing out official documents in ambulances), that I also picked up the Pentax DS mobile600 (See Below), which is also awesome. Together, they take up about as much space as a hard cover book, maybe less.


You’re also getting a glimpse of my breakfast, lunch and dinner for the day there 🙂


Since I didn’t have time to go out, I just cooked up a bunch of ramen and threw some grilled chicken and shimeji mushrooms inside it. It lasted pretty much the whole day. Total cost, about $4.

Since this is supposed to be about Japan, I won’t bother with a review of the printer and scanner and just say that they are fantastic, tiny, perfect for a mobile lifestyle or living in cramped quarters (like Japan), they both support US, A4, and Legal sizes, and I’m super happy that I never have to buy ink ever (?!). They’re also quite expensive (high quality usually is).

I did take a break half-way through the day and picked up an erasable highlighter.


A what? As you may know, I study Japanese by reading Manga, a whole damn lot. However, as I get into more advanced manga, I’ll come across some vocabulary (e.g. Lawyers and Prosecutors’ courtroom-speak) and rarer kanji I simply don’t know the reading for yet (such as 饂飩 or 別嬪). Since I am too lazy to put down the book and go look it up (or enter the sentence into Anki). I thought highlighting it may be a good idea. If I can erase the highlighting later, even better.


Unfortunately, it seems the technology for erasable highlighters is about on par with erasable pens (once it dries, you’re kinda screwed… unless you don’t mind rubbing off layers of paper). Ah well.

Speaking of paper (you like that transition?), if you’re still wondering how the printer above prints without ink, here is how:


It uses special Thermal Paper which costs about the same as normal paper. 🙂 Apparently, I could forgo even carrying paper around (which isn’t that big a deal) and get a perforated roll paper holder thingy which is really small and latches onto the back of the PocketJet3, but… I’m afraid the paper will be all rolly-…ish. I can’t have that for important documents. But maybe I’ll try it out someday 😉

Alright, I’m off to bed. I promise some more excitement, and more weird food tomorrow 🙂

Go back to Day 8.

Continue on to Day 10.

Arvale Episode 3 Progress, Tentative Release Date