Wednesday, August 26, 2009

At the zoo - 動物園にて

so that's how getting stuck in a New York subway turnstile feels like!

llama

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Field trip to Yasukuni shrine on August 15th - 終戦記念日、靖国神社への 遠足

Yep, Tochigi Daily went to Tokyo to visit Yasukuni jinja. Full story here.

quiet soldierIt's all reenactment, he's way too young to be an actual WW2 soldier.

right wing girls 6A very serious patriot.

anchor tagsPlaying WW2 dressup.

imperial flag

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Because we love cats

Cat cafe "Felis" once again:



Another satisfied customer.

The story is here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Everybody and their dog - イヌも一緒に全員集合

were downtown:

puppy

Miya Matsuri - the hairstyle version - 髪型で見る宮祭り

Jean-Luc Picard would be proud:

hairstyle bald

Duran Duran would be proud:

hairstyle 4

yep, the 80s are still in style:

hairstyle fuzzy

punk is still in style too:

hairstyle kids

next time I want a pink mohawk, OK Ma?

hairstyle kids 2

oh-so-stylish:

hair 2

I'm more stylish than she is:

hairstyle punk kid

Friday, August 7, 2009

Nomming at Miya Matsuri 2009 - 宮まつり09 - 食むっ

NOM NOM NOM:

okonomi stand

nomming soup in the middle of the sidewalk:

nomming soup 2

fat gaijin lady wants your ice cream:

fat woman wants icecream

international NOMs:

kebab(that kebab was actually pretty decent)

more international NOMs (yep, we haz thems too):

tacos

mikoshi girls enjoying their NOMs:

mikoshi girls eating

for those on a diet, we had fake NOMs:

decoration noms

it was a perfect day for a cool NOM NOM NOM:

nomming ice

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Utsunomiya Pride

Unfortunately, it's not the kind of rainbow pride parade we know in the West.

utsu pride 2but that doesn't stop us from feeling proud anyway.

utsu pride signseen at the Miya festival 2009

utsu pride

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fireworks in Ashikaga - わたらせサマーフェスタ、足利花火大会

Masses walking from the train station:



The fireworks themselves were kind of lame (and oh yeah, it was raining, too):


And more:



And two hours of it:

and more:
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