November 4th, 2007


A Bar Like This Would Never Make It Here...

OSAKA (Kyodo) At a bar in Osaka, company employees returning home from work tip their glasses while watching a blue model train run past.

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Naoki Teraoka serves customers at his recently opened Kitashinchi Tetsudo RE-TO-RO railway bar in Kita Ward, Osaka. KYODO PHOTO

The Kitashinchi Tetsudo RE-TO-RO railway bar opened in June in the high-class Kitashinchi area in Kita Ward, capitalizing on the boom in dramas and cartoons about railway enthusiasts.

At the entrance, model trains are arrayed in showcases. For ¥2,000, not including drinks, customers can run a model train on the bar's track. Buy a train and you can keep it behind the bar, like you would a private bottle of alcohol.

In front of the counter there is a miniature 1950s-era station, complete with a railway that runs for about 30 meters.

Naoki Teraoka, 43, the bar's owner and self-styled stationmaster, said he opened the railway bar because he wanted to provide adults with a little time away from daily life.

If I ever make it to Japan, this might have to be a scheduled stop. *grins*


"Beam Me Up, Mr. Scott!"

“We need warp speed in two minutes or we’re all dead!”

“He’s dead, Jim!”


“Why you green blooded, pointy eared...-”


“Spock, you lied!”

“I exaggerated...”

Any Trekkies on your Christmas List?

Deep Discount has Star Trek The Motion Pictures 20-disk Special Edition DVD collection for $39 with free shipping. Next best on PriceGrabber is $64. Thanks jbloggs

Ships 11/27/2007

Included Deluxe Special Editions of:

* Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1980)
* Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)
* Star Trek III: In Search For Spock (1984)
* Sart Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
* Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
* Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
* Star Trek VII: Generations (1994)
* Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)
* Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)
* Star Trek X: Nemesis (2002)

*Hint, hint*
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