Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's almost time for us to head to the shrine for the midnight ceremonies.

See you next year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Hogswatch everybody

Or Merry Christmas.
Or whatever it is you celebrate. And even if you don't, you can still enjoy delicious cake.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Futaara Shrine in 2003 perhaps

Because I'm in Malaysia right now, I thought it would be a good idea to prepare some posts for you while I'm gone.

This one is from 2003, I guess.

Friday, December 17, 2010

At Tobu Tochigi Station

30 minutes to kill. What to do?

Let's look around

Oh, wait, a train is coming...
Nah, it's leaving...

Let's investigate the station...
There's a water fountain...

And plenty of train tracks...

Let's go downstairs... I need to pee anyway.

Caution! Hold the handrails and blah blah blah...

It's a long ride downstairs:

But where's the ladies room?
Oh, here!
Don't forget to flush!

Meanwhile, on the platform:
A train, yay!

Let's get out of here:

This is a Show Me Japan entry.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Kinu river once more

Hard to believe this dry soil is right on the banks of a major river (non-cemented river at that!)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Kanumans

the official action figures of Kanuma City:

The colors of their outfits symbolize various things that the city of Kanuma is famous for:
pink - azalea flowers, red - strawberries, blue - garlic chives, and yellow - the super famous Kanuma soil (exported all over the world, great for growing bonsai).

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

All decked out for the holidays

Utsunomiya's famous gyoza statue ready to spread some christmas cheer.

This is a Ruby Tuesday entry.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Plastic food

Even plastic pizza...

The chicken? Plastic. All plastic... It's fantastic...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kids of Tochigi city autumn festival

The festival took place last month.

It was big but not particularly interesting.

The participants seemed bored.

All the kids looked terribly serious.

I'm sure they'd rather be playing with their friends.

Nobody was smiling, not even the little ones.

This is a Weekend in black and white entry.

And also a Show Me Japan entry.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Eating out

My friend had all these coupons to a belt sushi restaurant. They were going to expire the last of November. So we had no choice. The last day of November, it was sushi time.

This was my first time at this particular chain.

We ate and ate. And then ate some more.

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