Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Festival in Iwasaki

Kids waiting to catch mochi and snacks.

People waiting to pray. You can see priests who give out eggs.

A pot of amazake being kept warm.

To read more about this festival and see what it looked like (there's a short video too) visit our other blog.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Utsunomiya Fire Department Truck

Taken through my dirty windshield while driving to work on old Route 4.

This is a Ruby Tuesday entry.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Raccoon Car, sort of...

Teeth, tail, ears, eyes, and all...

In the real Tottoro movie, it was a bus, and not exactly a raccoon. Here, it is what it is. Cute.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tottoro at Shimokoyama Hoshinomiya Shrine in Mibu

Kids can enter through Tottoro's belly, go through a plastic tunnel and arrive at the shrine grounds proper.

Inside Tottoro:

And this guy totally photobombed us:

Plenty of space behind us, but noooo.... he HAD to ride in front of us. And stare. Of course.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mikoshi in storage

Children's mikoshi waiting for matsuri season.

Children's - because it's small and light enough for kids to carry.
Mikoshi - portable shinto shrine.
Matsuri season - festival season, normally during summer, when the crowds go out into the streets, carry mikoshi, chant, drink beer and sport ridiculous "matsuri" hairstyles.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tsuruta Pond

This wasn't treated in a HDR software, it simply looked like that.

This is a Watery Wednesday entry.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Do you remember Jesus Body? It's no more

If not, here it is:

but it's not Jesus anymore.
Now it's Jedus, whoever he is:

Which makes me wonder what's next? Judas Body perhaps?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Because We Love Cats

saw this wild kid on Sunday:

even though apparently not totally homeless, such cats just break my heart:

Monday, March 15, 2010


Busshyari (??) no clue how to transcribe it into romaji:

The story goes that some Buddha's bones are in there.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Our Neighbor's Cat

This poor thing spent the whole winter chained up like that outside, sleeping in a cage.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand people who do that to animals.

Every day when I walk to/from the car I seriously consider cutting that leash and bringing this baby home with me.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Russian Tea, Pierogis, Coffee and Borscht

As far as I could tell this is an office of some kind, not a restaurant. And it has nothing to do with Russian food whatsoever, sadly...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Snowing again

Just when we thought this winter might finally be over, here it is again: snow.

And yes, that's an analog antenna up on the roof.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

On the Way to School

She looks like she's about to try some weird kung-fu stuff on me.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Monkey Waitress in Utsunomiya

at an izakaya called Kayabuki:

And here's somewhat grainy video of a monkey monkeying around the restaurant:

More about our visit to Kayabuki - here.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Seen at work

in Moka Hikari:

This is a Ruby Tuesday entry. For more photos with red, visit here.

Monday, March 1, 2010


We went to a Shinto seminar in Ibaraki, and there was a martial arts demonstration as well.

To read more about the seminar, visit here.
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