www.newkoyo.com The New Koyo Hotel is doing for Tokyo what Kao Sahn Road has done for Bangkok. Beware of an influx of budget travelers. A gaijin zoo is springing up north of Ueno, and the temporary inhabitants are being attracted by room rates that start at 2,500 yen. The Web site is packed with other information and links indispensable to the backpack set.

Some middle-aged German dude in businesslike wool pants, a well-ironed button-down shirt, a power tie and a military-style hair cut demonstrates how to dance. Rene also gives a history of where styles like hip-hop, minimal techno and dub developed. He seems to be taking it all very seriously, and the text-booklike words streaming from his mouth come in ironic contrast to his highly versatile and malleable body posture.

Ibex is an alternative outdoor clothing company touting the virtues of wool over synthetics because of the material’s ability to both insulate and breathe. The Spudster’s Riglos T, which feels as cottony as any Hanes, arrived in Japan in less than a week. There aren’t any mountains to climb in Tokyo, but the soft wool does its thing — drawing sweat away from the body — on the Stairmaster as well.

A cool news site that posts stories suggested by readers. Think of it as a Slashdot spinoff without the geek factor. It even has a sports section, and let’s face it, not many geeks even know who Alex Rodriguez is. Other “news” sections are: movies, humor, games, media, music, politics, sex, technology, TV and work. Great use of the Internet.

Surferspud is proud to announce that he has been placed in Gryffindor House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Actually, he’s pretty embarrassed but it’s all part of rummaging through the Internet. Turns out these pages are as imaginative as J.K. Rowling’s stories themselves and what all fan sites should aspire to be. Added bonus: Preview the trailer to the upcoming movie.

An author who first coined the word “muggles” in a 1984 children’s book depicting a postnuclear-holocaust land applied the word to the mutated humans that inhabit her dark world. J.K. Rowling either dreamed up the same word or took it from the out-of-print “The Legend of Rah and the Muggles.” In Rowling’s books, “muggles” is the word wizards and witches use to refer to ordinary people.

If you are offended by profanity, then add this site to all those chat rooms you don’t visit anymore. If, on the other hand, you prefer to keep up with all the trash talk in your fantasy leagues — or in the chat rooms you still bother to hang in — this online dictionary will teach you to transform language into a brand new angry form of expression. Another step on the evolutionary ladder.

A pre-election spoof site is now dedicated to twisting the words from the man in the Oval Office back toward the truth. And of course the man who proved the United States is not a democracy is giving the editors here plenty of material.