Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

kokeshi dolls

and not from Utsunomiya, but from Sendai of all places (yeah, we do travel from time to time):

To find out more about Mr. Y's trip to Sendai, read his post on my other blog (no worries, he wrote it in English).

Polishing rice

To find out more about how we polish our own rice, visit our other blog and read this post.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Hogswatch everybody!!!

this house in Kanuma single-handedly fulfilled the city's seasonal illumination obligations:

so nice to not have to worry about your electric bill:

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

View from our door

typical Japan - power lines:

Ashikaga Flower Park one more time



fairy tale:

or Venice:

field of dreams:

and a swan lake:

To read about the winter illumination in Ashikaga, visit my other blog.

And this is my entry for Show Me Japan. Click on the badge below to see more wonderful photos from all over Japan.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Japanese suburbia

suburbs, the same the world over:


This is what we have in front of your apartment building:

Gas for cooking and heating up water. Four apartments - four gas bottles. And for some reason it scares me to no end.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Not a river but a stream

a stream runs through the temple grounds at one of the places where I work.

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Equation

that's what "he" stands for, and what it's supposed to mean, I really don't know. But Utsunomiya city hall seems to like this slogan a lot.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ancient houses

Buildings from the Jomon era (14 000 BCE to 400 BCE) at Seizan Park in Utsunomiya.

They're about 8 meters tall.

I'd say "not bad" for a bunch of Neolithic barbarians. Not bad at all.
To learn more about the Jomon people and Seizan Park visit my other blog and read this post.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Hanukkah!

The official Kanuma city logo - it always makes me scratch my head whenever I see it.

and no, Kanuma has absolutely NO connection to Israel whatsoever.

And yes, I know that it's supposed to be a Satsuki Azalea flower, OK?

Blue skies

I'm tired of this rain, so here's a photo from last Sunday.

And it's a rocket, OK?

at the science park in Utsunomiya.

Friday, December 11, 2009

genki sushi

it's supposed to be "genki" so why their logo looks so angry?

To read more about conveyor belt sushi, visit my other blog.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

hard off in the rain

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.

And yes, "Off House", "Book Off", "Hard Off" and "Garage Off" are real names in the "Off" chain. And for some reason foreigners seem to find the name "Hard Off" particularly amusing.

Monday, December 7, 2009

my daughter

Yes, I'm one of those annoying people who think their cats are their children.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Shinto priests waiting to bow:

With black slippers and white robes, this photo was almost monochrome to begin with.

Want to see more "waiting" photos? Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

view from the balcony

Yeah, not much to look at, but hey, the rent is cheap. Very cheap.

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.


as far as I could tell this store had nothing to do with Santa, or xmas.

Monday, November 23, 2009

they were all silver anyway

and it was cloudy, so it was already practically black and white.

"v" the people

it's automatic here. You point a camera at any random group of people and they all do it immediately. Pavlov's dogs come to mind.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lawson station

I love konbinis...

Lawson Station convenience store sign downtown.

A blog post about Japanese konbinis (convenience stores) is here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

When you don't have a balcony

(or a tumble dryer):

and yes, that is an old fashioned TV antenna in the background.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

driving to work

in the rain....

Yes, that's the famous Nikko Road.

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.
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