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Posted by Heliocentrism on February 20, 2011

February 19, 2011

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Ganesh and his GF

It’s a Sex Museum

Now when people think of Beppu they think of onsens. The city has an onsen on every block, just about.  When you drive around in the winter you can see steam coming out of every other building in town.

A few decades ago the city of Beppu was known for it’s sex industry. What exactly that means, I’m not sure. Either there were tons of prostitutes walking the streets here, or it was more legitimized with massage parlors and “health spas”. Supposedly, the Sex Museum serves in remembrance of the old days.

He seems content.

I was a little disappointed by the museum. It was very small. There was really nothing to learn. But most annoyingly, I couldn’t take many photos that I could post on Facebook.

This was not my first sex museum. Remember Loveland on Jeju Island? It was a very light hearted sex museum. There were many things to pose with, and take pictures of. Most of the naked people there were not real, and didn’t look real. It took a good few hours to see the whole of Loveland.


Then there was another one I saw in China. It was small, but there were a lot of historical information. And like at Loveland, there wasn’t any real porn, just statues and props.

The one in Beppu seemed more like a porn parade or some guys basement collection on display. There wasn’t much to this museum and many of the electronic dioramas didn’t work. Many of the manikins looked too real to post pictures of them on Facebook. Overall it was… meh.

Some of the art came self-censored.

Some of the pictures came with a glass covering with sections of fogged glass. You could look around the glass by tilting your head if you want to see the graphic parts. If you don’t, like in the photo above, just line the fogged area up over the naughty bits.

Mark and his meal

A Restaurant that Brings out the Evil in Mark

It started a few weeks ago when Mark and I read a friend’s blog entry. I will pause here and let you read the post, because her telling of the story is better than anything I can write. I will put a picture here so you don’t have to worry about the spoilers below.

I’ll just order some sushi while I wait.

So, Mark will be heading to Korea soon and he will not be back for a month or two. So we decided to live it up, gastronomically, and treat ourselves to some sushi. Since we were going out for sushi, Mark wanted to try the fish that Megan had.

Yes. He read that blog and thought, “What a delicious sounding dish!”

ignore the green drink

At first Mark was disappointed because his fish wasn’t moving. It laid there with a stick through its head and tail, motionless. Mark ate his sushi wondering if he ordered the right thing. Half-way through his meal, the fish started its, well, death throws. There was no violent movement, but there was an obvious twitching.

So many options

I can read!

Overall the restaurant was great. In fact Mark and I are going back this Tuesday for dinner since Tuesdays are the cheapest nights to go. The sushi is only 90Yen per dish.

The sushi comes around on a conveyor belt along with other dishes, like fried chicken and fries. If you want a special dish, like living fish, or you just don’t want to wait for the salmon to come back around you can order dishes from the touch screen.

You don’t really need to know how read to use the touch screen, because there are pictures for most things. But drinks are another matter. Drinks have no pictures.

I was feeling thirsty and wanted some libations. I tapped on the drinks sections and scrolled through my options. I read like a 4-year-old sounding out letters then putting them together Sesame Street style.

I came across something that said メロン-something. “Melon! Mark it says Melon!” Mark was to busy sulking over his non-moving fish. But I was excited that my studying was finally starting to pay off.

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How to get there:

You can enter Japan by plane or boat. Though, the number of boats going to Japan from other countries has gone down significantly.

Americans get 90-day visas to Japan at the port of entry. Check with your nearest Japanese embassy or consulate for visa information.







  • Be careful what over the counter drugs you bring into Japan.  Actifed, Sudafed, Vicks inhalers, and Codeine are prohibited.
  • InternationalATMs are really hard to find; more so if you aren’t in a big city. Many places in Japan do not use credit cards. Take cash and call your bank to askwhatATMs or banks in Japan will work with your cash card.
    • ATMs have opening hours. Usually 9:00-18:00 (They have better work hours than most business men and women here.)
  • You can get a Japan Railway, pass which saves you a lot of money on the trains, but you can only buy it before you get to Japan and you cannot be a resident of Japan. (I don’t have more information about it because I’ve only ever lived in Japan. I’ve never been a tourist.)

Beppu Sex Museum
Beppu Hihonkan

How to get there:

It’s across the street from one of the Hell onsens, Siraike-Jigoku.

  • Head north on route 10.
  • Turn left on route 500. (The turn is just before the Las Vagas pachinko parlor.)
  • Keep on 500, then make a sharp right at the light after the intersection with route 218. You should see lot of steam rising from the ground.
  • You can park in the lot of the Hell onsen or use the parking lot of the museum.


338-3 Shibuyu Kannawa
Beppu City

Oita Prefecture


  • 0977 66 1385



  • 700YEN


  • 9:00 – 17:00


This museum have since closed down



  • Be prepared to be completely embarrassed as you walk pass the array of sex toys for sale, if you in the wrong company.
  • This place does not feature any of the educational, or historical aspects of sex that most sex museums have; at least not in English.
  • This is just a place with lots of porn on display.
  • The museum is now closed.

(kaiten sushi)

How to get there:

The one we visited –

  • Go east on route 197 from Oita Station.
  • It is 2 lights past route 685 on the right side. If you pass the McDonald’s you’ve gone too far.
But, there are tons of them around. Just look out for a sign that advertises something for “105“.


日本 〒870-0924 大分県大分市牧3丁目12−2


  • 097-554-0377



  • The regular sushi is generally 105YEN per plate, with 2 pieces in it.
  • But it’s 90YEN on Tuesdays.
  • Other days have other specials, but my Japanese reading ability is not good enough to get more information.


  • 11:00 – 22:00


  • When it’s crowded, you will have to get a number from the machine and wait for your number to be called.
  • You can pick up anything from the conveyor belt or order it from the machine at your table. The price is the same.
  • When it’s time to leave, call over a waiter to add up your bill



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Where is my robot butler!?

Posted by Heliocentrism on September 30, 2010

October 1, 2010

The JET Programme Welcome team meeting me at Narita Airport

Miss me?

As you may have noticed, I haven’t updated my blog in quite a while. It’s not because exciting stuff have stopped popping up in my life. NOoooOoo. In the past month, I’ve moved to Japan, bought a car, got 2 new sets of co-workers, moved into a new apartment,…. well the list goes on.

Basically, this is the whole town.

The main thing is that I moved… to a small city in Japan in the middle of rice fields. And I’m still waiting for my internet at home to be connected. There’s a lot of red tape envolved in doing just about anything in Japan and the internet is no exception.

It’s stressful. I’ve gotten phone calls from the internet company where they tell me that they just called to tell me that they will call me sometime later.

JET orientation in Tokyo

Me:                “So you called me to tell me that you will call me some other time?”

Int Agent : “Yes.”

Me:               “So why didn’t you just call me when you were going to call me and not call me to tell me that you are going to call me?”

Int Agent: “What?”

Me:              “Nevermind…”

Int Agent: “Okay. We just want to make sure you understand. We are going to call you sometime later, Ok?”

Me:             “Sure, I guess”

Int Agent: “Okay. Bye.”

It tastes like sweet and minty tomato soup.

So I sit at home eating my Tomato-Mints waiting for the next phone call…

Japanese technology is not at all what you think it is. Most stores do not accept credit cards. My bank card does not work all over Japan, in fact it only works in Oita-県 (県= Prefecture). There are vending machines everywhere, but they don’t sell much that I want to buy.

And there are no robots anywhere! Not one!


And my car is really small…

That’s all the car I could handle.

When the internet people finally call me, not just to tell me that they will call me later, but to tell me that they will connect my internet, I will start blogging again. Hopefully that will not be too far in the future.

“I’ll help you get the internet!”

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