Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Young Jedi

in Moka

So young and crossed over to the dark side already...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday at Moka Summer Festival

Sorry there's no Family Album Sunday today. Still waiting to hear from the data recovery company if they managed. True, I could scan the old negatives all over again, but I'm simply too lazy for that.

I was planning to go to Moka today too, but then it suddenly I remembered I other things to do, and had to stay home.

But YI (aka Dr. Trouble) went to Moka by himself, braved the elements and took some photos again today:

This TV camera woman seemed to be wearing the same clothes as she did yesterday.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Taiko kids at Tenno Sai in Utsunomiya 2010

And this is how they played:

And wholesome boys doing some wholesome drumming:

It's nice to see teens pursuing a hobby that does not involve computer games or smoking cigarettes on dark street corners, if you know what I mean.

And this is how they played:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bamba team at Tenno Sai in Utsunomiya 2010

Because my dear husband is crafty like that, he had the good sense to save some images from Tenno Sai on a different storage device - one that is still working.
And because I'm a fan of the guys carrying the big drum, I saved that footage on my MacBook (instead of an external drive).

So here they are - the Bamba team drumming away.

And carrying the big drum up the steps to Futara shrine:

And here it is, captured on video. The guys never stopped drumming:

Monday, July 19, 2010

External hard drive disaster - IO-Data I HATE you!!!

Today we were supposed to bring you part 2 of our Tenno Sai report, but we won't. We were supposed to post a ton of new photos, but we can't. Our backup drives crashed. Both of them. Within days of each other.

We thought we were very careful and prudent storing our data not on one, but two different external drives, just in case one of them crashed. Well, they both did. One yesterday, the other one today.

I am beyond pissed at this moment. I want to nuke the headquarters of IO-Data, the company that manufactured both of those pieces of shit.

We'll take both shits to a computer doctor tomorrow and see if they can recover anything. In the meantime, there will be no fun new posts on either one of our blogs.

And a special, oh-so heartwarming message to IO-Data:
I hate you. I hope you will go out of business. Soon. And judging by the quality (or rather - lack thereof) of your products, you will. You suck, you're stupid and whoever is responsible for your quality control, I hope he falls under a bus.

So there, I feel better now.

PS. Update: one drive will fly to California for recovery, the other will take a bus to Ginza.
Please keep your fingers crossed!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tenno Sai 2010 - the hairstyle edition

Because this is the Tenno Sai weekend in Utsunomiya, there will be no Family Album Sunday today. Instead, we bring you another theme you love - matsuri hairstyles.
Here are some hairy highlights from yesterday's festivities.

You so pretty!

Yeah, it really brings out your cheekbones:

Hairspray was on sale this week:

But not razors:

And we all know that the higher the hair, the closer to gods:

And hey, at least he tried, OK?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shinkyo Bridge

Notice the support beams - they look like a shrine tori. The bridge is indeed sacred, and is one of the many properties belonging to Futara Shrine.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Stone lantern in front of the five-story pagoda.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Friday, July 9, 2010


Seen last weekend in Utsunomiya.

To find out more about Tengu, please read this post: Sarutahiko on our other blog.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Last Sunday in Utsunomiya

Miyaichisai. That's the official name. I just call it "a dress rehearsal before Tenno Sai." (Tenno Sai is a much grander festival, and it's coming up very soon).

To see more photos from Miyaichisai, check out this post on our other blog.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010


This was taken on Wednesday somewhere north of Utsunomiya.

Friday, July 2, 2010


An interesting name for a Japanese store. I wonder if they know what it means. LOL.

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