Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sorry about the lack of new posts

and comments from me.

We've moved and because we live in the sticks, it will take up to 2 weeks to get us connected to the internet. There's a McDonald's nearby with a wireless access, and I will do my best to throw something on the blog every now and then. But until about November 4th, it will be rather irregular.

Take care guys!

See you all very soon!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

This poor horse has that

desperate "get me outta here" look in his eyes (well, at least in one of them).
horse 1
seen at the Kikusui fest ( 菊水祭 ) in Utsunomiya today.
There will be more photos tomorrow, OK?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

while walking home for lunch

I saw this lady:

walking home for lunchthis was right before she stepped in some doggie poo. And to find and step in a doggie poo on this sidewalk, you have to be true a genius.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

and speaking of city logos

Why Kanuma chose this as its city symbol, I have no clue:

kanuma city logo 2

and here's another Kanuma manhole cover with its starry symbol:

kanuma city logo 3

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

sorry this is a backdated post

but I'm down with bronchitis, and hence have no energy to post new stuff right now.

So here's one from our archives:

take me with youand this little froggie went to Mashiko...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Everything on this street leans

one way or the other, including that utility pole.

leaning pole x600and the street itself can't decide whether it's going downhill or up.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

separated at birth



don't know if it's just me, but these two look like long-lost brothers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Kanuma doggies

Seen during the autumn festival in Kanuma:

goggie 3small goggies....

goggie 2big goggies...

goggiefestive goggies...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Autumn festival in Kanuma - kids version

girls 1our grandfather is da bomb!

sittingyo! foreigner! take more pictures of us!

masked girlsmasked mystery maidens

sleepinggoing, going.... gone... zzzzzz.......

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

kanuma autumn fest at night

鹿沼ぶっつけ秋祭り。夜景編。

fireworksfireworks

night float under the bridgeand buttsuke at night

night messand going to warp 5. make it so!

To read about the festival visit here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kanuma Buttsuke Autumn Festival - the hairstyle version

Back by popular demand - the hair. This time in Kanuma during the annual fall festival (鹿沼ぶっつけ秋祭り).
Is this the Japanese version of the Utah hair syndrome - the bigger the hair the closer to god(s)?



we "heart" hair spray:



and even more hair spray:



yeah, gotta love them Japanese festival hair styles



and those young ones still have a lot to learn:



If you want to read about the festival, go here. No worries, it's in English. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Omiya ramen shop - 近江屋ラーメン屋さん

Because what's a mom-and-pop ramen joint without its very own cujo:

ramen shop cujo

The shop is very cozy:

ramen shop bwStill before lunch, so it's nice and quiet.

The ramen is good. No, scratch that, it's very good. Full of home-made, hand-made goodness:

soup

And that dog was actually very sweet and friendly:

ramen cujo square

I know I'll be back. For directions call: 028-634-9356, Japanese only.

Friday, October 9, 2009

isuzu vehiCROSS

Some morons at some car mag in the US listed VehiCROSS as one of the worst car designs of the 2000s (at number 8). Obviously those morons had never had a V-CROSS. And from the totally ludicrous description of the interior and handling of the car, I can tell they'd never test driven one either.

stitch 1no, this is not our V-CROSS, but we used to have one just like it, except with the steering wheel on the other side (for the US market). And I loved that car, truly loved it. With all my heart. The best car we've ever had.

This one is normally parked by the train station nearby our home.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stream in Nikko

taken with a ridiculously slow shutter speed.

Apartment hunting

yellow and pinkbut sadly, there was nothing available in this awesome colored building.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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