The Ass Hair Burger Festival

The underreported reason behind Mixi’s stock taking a nosedive less than a month after its stock went supernova on its first day of trading.

Please don’t post any personal details about the people involved, or even links to information. If you feel the need to know more, Google it.

Music by Plastic Soul Band

Rich Pav

Richard has been living in Japan since 1990 with his wife and two teenage sons, Tony and Andy.

21 thoughts to “The Ass Hair Burger Festival”

  1. Rich,

    Didn’t know you started podcasting again. Welcome back. Great story. When I first heard the title, I thought the podcast was going to be about Mos Burger with their strange menu.

    Regards,
    Dan

  2. Rich, it’s me again. I’m writing this as I’m listening. I found out that you were podcasting again via Podshow’s Plastic Soul Band page. The “Who’s played this artist…” showed that you played the PSB.

    Actually I was the guy that told them about the Podsafe Music Network in February. And I have played them extensively on my podcast. They really are great!. I’ve seen them live numerous times and my October 6th show features Kiyoko live, doing Janis Joplin. Her idol is Janis Joplin – and she kicked ass at that show. Also featured is a yet unreleased single called “Kyo wa Nandaka”.

    Here’s a link to the show – listen from about 21 minutes into the podcast:
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WhatsHappeningInTokyo/~3/32758655/WHIT-10-06-2006.mp3

    1. I definitely want to go to their next live show. Please keep me posted.

      That’s an interesting URL you posted. I didn’t know you could do that with FeedBurner.

  3. I’m kinda back. When I have both the time and something interesting to say, I try to put one out.

    The weekly gossip rags like Flash broke the burger story yesterday. It’s sad for the victims that most of them published the private pics and described which cute cute celebrities she looks like. It entices the general public to search for them. That poor couple’s lives have been destroyed.

    One thing for sure, I’m no longer interested in getting a Mixi account.

  4. And if you want to see them live, I’ll keep you posted. They’re supposed to have a show in November in Kichijoji. After that the next show is January 13 in Kichijoji. Let’s get together at one of these shows.

  5. wow, poor girl. what a loser for taking advantage of someone by spreading illegaly obtained personal stuff like that. hopefully that guy gets whats comming to him.

    anyways, I’m really enjoying listening to the podcasts! it feels so nostalgic checking the feed for new shows and listening to them when they come out XD

    1. Not just her, but her family, her friends, her employer…

      I saw a screenshot online from a TV news program that two people were arrested. On the way home tonight I’m going to pick up a few of the gossip rags to see how they covered it.

      It wasn’t just two people passing the photos around–more like hundreds or thousands of people. And “ass hair burger” and her real name are top search engine queries.

      I guess it’s hard for people not involved in the Japanese online community to understand how huge this incident became. Mixi has 7 million subscribers, and a lot of them don’t hide their identies. This was a real wake-up call to be more careful from now on.

      What I can’t understand is why Mixi reacted so heavy-handedly by deleting so many accounts with complete disregard as to whether or not they were involved. Did somone in power who doesn’t understand the Internet put the fear of God into them? That’s what tarnished their reputation the most. Pissing off bloggers is a bad idea. They tend to complain in a big way to an enormous audience. I was hoping to get a Mixi account, but I’ve changed my mind.

      BTW, if you ever want to explain MySpace to someone in Japan, you have to tell them “it’s like Mixi” because they’ve never heard of it. YouTube, on the other hand, is all the rage here.

  6. This is probably the best band you’ve featured so far – love them! I’ll definitely be looking for their website. Also, I think you’ve captured the essence of podcasting. It’s informal and spontaneous. I know you prefer the videocasting, which I really enjoy as well, but you do a great job with the podcast. I was really happy you picked it up again, even if it’s only when the mood strikes you. Again, that’s the spirit of the thing. Keep it up and thanks!!!

  7. did you say “exploding star”? maybe you’re looking for the word: nova? great podcast. btw, when you spoke to someone when it sounded like you were done doing whatever you were doing, i thought you said “gozaimasu…” i was just in Japan and i thought i heard a couple of people use it and what little nihongo i know it is used as a suffix like in arigatō gozimasu. so is this a new slang or hip-speak? i know the Japanese love to shorten words. thanks!

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