cookies and kebabs, lawn mowers and lamp posts, synchronized swimmers and sumo wrestlers, bulldozers and windmills, giraffes and brontosauruses
There are many reasons why I want to live in Japan. The Parappa the Rapper toaster! Fish balls! The Gakken Emile Berliner Gramophone Turntable! The Dawn of the Dead PS2 game! Wabi-sabi! The craft books! The vending machines!* Domo-kun! The really small stuff! Nasubi! Godzilla! Abandoned theme parks! Noodle soup! Polysics! Kawaii! Decent horror films!
And now I have discovered this. Katamari Damacy. The game of rolling everything in the world into gigantic clumps in order to rebuild the cosmos. Go here to Namco's download page where you will find, amongst other things, a papercraft 'square looking meow cat' to print out and sit on your desk.
Of course, this game is not available in the UK because we are living like a bunch of frickin Western throwbacks who only like shooting and kicking games. Grrrr. This island needs to take a cruise around the world. Haul anchor!
*In Worksop there used to be a maggot vending machine. This doesn't mean that Worksop is good, it just means they used to vend maggots from a machine.