Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

First day of Kindergarten

This is from a couple of weeks ago and the cherry blossoms are gone now, sadly...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Black cat in Nikko

The cat seems to belong to the old man who sells whistles on the path to Toshogu

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sarutahiko


To read more about this strange dude please visit this post on our other blog.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Futara shrine gate

So you have this bizarre no-name film and you're not sure whether it's any good. But you do shooting anyway.


This is the disgusting monstrosity they're building next to Futara shrine in Utsunomiya. When it's finished, it will be the tallest building in the city.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Day Trip to Tokyo

We had some errands to run in Tokyo today and I, for one, am glad we don't live there. I hate that place.

And this is why I think that Japanese parents are brainless morons:
If that was my kids, he'd be yanked out of his seat so fast, his ear would burn for days afterwards. And here, nothing, his mother was just standing there, not doing or saying a thing.
One day, when his mother gets to be that old lady's age, maybe she'll figure out her parenting mistake.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yayoi 2010 one last time

Yatai (festival float):


Priests on the sacred bridge (Shinkyo bridge):


Mikoshi (portable shrine):

Other Yayoi posts are here and here.

And if you want to read more about this festival, visit this post on our other blog.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Girls of Yayoi Festival 2010

Some shots from Nikko today - Yayoi festival, April 16, 2010.
The girl edition:


A helpful girl:

A sad girl:

Singing girls:

Band girls:

A religious girl:

And girls going home:


More pics of the Yayoi festival in Nikko are here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

At the Yayoi Festival in Nikko

The festival goes from April 13 until April 17.
Here are some priestly shots from today:

Looking sufficiently bored...


Mask? What mask?
Gonna take it off now, nobody's looking anyway....


And meanwhile, the procession struggles on:
And the yellow smocks are dying for a break.


The break finally comes:
Yellow smocks enjoy each other's company while creating some "holy water".


And the question of the day was: why broccoli?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cherry Blossoms at Futara Shrine

This year it doesn't look very nice, because they're building some monstrosity next to the shrine. The monstrosity will soon become the tallest building in Utsunomiya. I wonder what kind of bribes had to change hands to get this project approved.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gone fishing

This is what happens when you give your husband a fish-eye lens for his birthday and a box of 35 mm film:

Korinji temple grounds, 35 mm, Nikon F801S

Jikoji temple grounds, 35 mm, Nikon F801S

And our favorite Akamon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Under a spreading cherry tree...

there we sit both you and me:


oh how happy we would be


Under a spreading cherry tree


And that's what happens to your brain if you sing enough children's songs and no chestnut trees are blooming.

Anyway, here's another shot of cherry blossoms at the Red Gate at night.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle...

Pimp my bike:



Hummer, now with a cup holder:


The future of SAAB - bicycles:


There are right-wing cars, and there are right-wing bikes too:
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