Tag: Japan

Great Things About Japan

#1. Strike in Japan #2. Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top #3. Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up #4. There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms #5. Here Is Some Of The Hospital Food I Ate #6. You …

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One Piece Characters

I’ve never quite understood the Japanese cartoon One Piece. I’ve watched episodes and they just left me hanging with more questions at the end of each episode. Here are some of the characters.

Japanese Characters

While walking around a Japanese store I came across these characters. Japanese seem to love their women with big breasts, dressed scantily, or dresses as a school girl while they want the men to look cool and carry samurai swords.

Japanese Dessert Store

What kind of building is this? Is it a temple? Perhaps an orphanage? Guess again. It’s actually a Japanese dessert shop located in Kamakura.

Rice Fields in Japan

If you haven’t ever seen any rice fields or how rice is grown it is pretty interesting because Japan does not have a lot of farm land so they grow rice wherever they can. Here are a couple fields I happened to snap a couple photos of as I was driving by.

Statue in Japan

Here is a little statue in Japan.

Buddhist Temple at Enoshima, Japan

While walking around Enoshima, Japan one of the landmarks was this buddhist temple. Here is a view looking towards Enoshima Island in Fujisawa.

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya Irvine, California

ココイチカレー、たまに無性に食べたくなる味。特に海外だと恋しく感じる。 CAには4店舗あるらしく、アーバイン店に行ってみた。 日本に住んでいた外国人にも人気があり、この味を求めて来るお客でいっぱい。 週末のお昼時は行列が出来ていた。 中国系と韓国系のレストランやショップに囲まれたショッピングセンター内にその店舗はあり、駐車場が無料なのがありがたい。 当たり前ですが英語のメニュー。辛さ・ご飯の量・トッピングを選べて比較的に日本とあまり変わらない。店員は地元の学生さんっぽい。 オーダーも英語のみ。でもアメリカにしてはサービスが良く、 注文するとすぐにカレーが運ばれてきたし、お水もすぐにお代わりを聞いてくれた。 でも店員さんを呼ぶあのチャイムがあったら便利なのになぁ〜。 肝心の味は「これよ!これ!」と安定のお味。 量は多いので食べきれず持ち帰れるか聞くと、To-Go Boxを持って来てくれた。 アメリカ式自分でやりなさいのあのお弁当箱だ。 値段はチップ料金が掛かるので日本より少々高く感じた。 お子様セットのお菓子はオレオクッキー♪ CoCo ICHIBANYA USA

Intricate Wood Carving

While in Japan I went to this building that had some very intricate wood carvings. I didn’t get on a ladder to inspect, but the wood appeared as if it was untreated and still looked very nice.

Japanese Architecture

While in Japan I was amazed by the architectural structure of the building. Look at all the untreated wood to hold the roof structure. It is amazing that it lasted after all these years.

Japanese House with Garden

Many Japanese homes have a small yard and a nice garden with a walkway to the front of the house. This is because many Japanese people enjoy being artistic and taking care of their plants. The degree of difficulty and artistic design varies based upon each person, but no matter how they are they sure …

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Bamboo in Japan

Bronze Bell at Japanese Shrine

While at a shrine in Enoshima, Japan I saw this big bronze bell. These bells have a nice ring to them. From what I remember about reading about them is that the people who make the bell don’t know if they have a good bell until after it is cast and they hear the ring …

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Kadena Air Base Telephone Switch

Here are some of the local national guys who work as part of the telephone switch at Kadena air base in Okinawa. You can see the main distribution frame on the left.

Sights Around Enoshima

I had a very pleasant time walking around Enoshima and taking all the sights, views, and food that there was. The small island gives you some really nice panoramic views, as well as, having the opportunity to take in the local Japanese culture.

Water Dragon

Walking around at Enoshima, Japan I came across this dragon water spout. I’ve never seen anything like this before and thought it was pretty darn cool.

Arachnophobia in Japan

While walking around Kamakura I saw these spiders and thought they looked pretty cool. I hope if you’re going to visit Japan you don’t have arachnophobia, otherwise that could be problematic.

Kamakura Station Manhole Cover

Japan isn’t just a country with millions upon millions of people. There is a lot of art and beauty everywhere you look. It is cool to see the smallest details of art such as this manhole cover near the Kamakura Station.

Shrine in Japan

Some of the great beauties in Japan are the shrines and temples. Here is a shrine seen at Enoshima, Japan. I like the way you go through the doorway up the path to the shrine or temple. This is kind of gives the effect of walking on the path to enlightenment.

National Space Development Agency of Japan Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite

Click here to download the full NASDA Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite text This is a pamphlet I picked up at the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) museum when I was in Okinawa, Japan. This pamphlet is about the Communications and Broadcasting Engineering Test Satellite (COMET) satellite.

National Space Development Agency of Japan H-IIA Launch Vehicle

Click here to download PDF file of the NASDA H-IIA Launch Vehicle So this is actually really cool. Around 1999 or 2000 I was in Okinawa, Japan and between Okinawa City and Nago there is a National Space Development Agency of Japan site that has some huge antenna dishes. I stopped to check them out …

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Difference Between Armies

Rickshaws in Japan

In Japan you may see rickshaws pulling people around as a means of transportation. They look like a fun way to see the area.

Cicada

While waiting outside in Japan I heard a noise and happened to look up to see this cicada in a tree. Luckily I had my camera and was able to snap a couple photos of it. If you haven’t ever seen a cicada before they are a pretty wicked look insect.

Spinning Coaster

Have you ever had the urge to ride a roller coaster on the 2nd story of a building that spins? If you have, then I have the ride just for you. In Yokohama, Japan there is a roller coaster called the spinning coaster which does exactly that. It is on the roof of a building, …

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Cosmo Clock 21 Giant Ferris Wheel in Yokohama

The Cosmo Clock 21 is a giant ferris wheel in Yokohama, Japan. It was built in 1992 and stands 354 feet tall. It is a short walk from the Sakuragicho train station and it is part of the Cosmo World Amusement park. I decided to go for a ride on it and see what kinds …

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Vanish Roller Coaster in Japan

If you ever find yourself in Tokyo, Japan and are looking for something to do, you should take the subway train over to the Sakuragicho train station in Yokohama. A short walk from the train station you will see a big ferris wheel and at the base of that ferris wheel is a roller coaster …

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Orion Beer Towel

I received an Orion Beer towel as a gift. The towel is awesome because, not only does it have a cool design with beer and a whale shark, but it is also a reminder of the time I spent in Okinawa. I don’t exactly remember the whole story from when I went and visited the …

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NGK Iridium Spark Plugs

My vehicle was not performing great so I took my vehicle to the garage. They recommended that I replace the spark plugs. Here is what my spark plugs looked like after removing them from the vehicle. When I went to buy new spark plugs I asked 5 or 6 places which they recommend and they …

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan

The first week of April is when the cherry blossoms, otherwise known as sakura, are blooming on the island of Honshu, Japan. Here are some photos of some of the different cherry blossom sights you can see.

Political Correctness

For the last six odd years, almost all of the things I wanted to write or say, have been stymied by that modern term referred to as ‘POLITICAL CORRECTNESS’.. Although I consider myself reasonably fluent in English, that term was not in my vocabulary. Curiosity got the better of me so I decided to do …

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Tokyo Tower Guide Book

If you live on the Island of Honshu, Japan or even just traveling, you may want to take the time to stop by Tokyo and visit the Tokyo Tower. This tower is a symbol of Tokyo and it gives you a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view of the city. This as a popular dating spot …

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Yodobashi Camera Electronics Store Akihabara, Japan

Today I took the train over to Yodobashi camera in Akihabara, Japan. As I stood there waiting to cross the street I thought that would make a nice photo and here is that shot.

Real Facts

A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair. A cat’s lower jaw cannot move sideways. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. Borborygmi is the noise that your stomach makes when you are hungry. In one day, a full-grown oak tree expels 7 tons of water through its …

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Okinawa Expo Park and Churaumi Aquarium

Went and visited the Okinawa Expo Park and the Churaumi Aquarium that is located within the park. This was definitely something to see. The Aquarium is known for having five whale sharks in captivity in this massive tank. The size of it was very impressive. There were other nice things to see around the part …

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Flowers in Japan

This was a real small flower that I was trying to take some photos from different angles to see which point of view would turn out better.

Flowers in Kanagawa, Japan

Here I was playing around with taking some macro photos of cherry blossoms and other flowers with my camera in Kanagawa, Japan. Here are the photos from that experience.

Odawara Castle, Japan

Took the train and went over to Odawara castle today to take some photos of the castle and the cherry blossoms. To my surprise there was a festival and a couple taking some wedding photos in front of the castle. This castle is not as big as some of the other castles I have been …

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Purple Flowers in Japan

As I was passing by I noticed these pretty purple flowers on a tree in Kanagawa, Japan, so I decided to stop and practice taking some macro photos of them. I wish I knew what type of tree and flowers these are because it really is pretty.

Odakyu Train Line

Japan is world renowned for public mass transit by moving millions of people every single day. The Japanese train lines are very good with being on schedule and clean. Here are some photos of the Odakyu Train line showing trains coming in both directions near Chuo-rinkan train station.

Snow on the Mountains in Japan

Driving on 246 highway toward Atsugi City in Japan you can see a light dusting of snow on the mountains.

Sights Along the Drive From Tokyo to Nagano

Took a drive in Japan from Tokyo to Nagano today and took some photos along the way. Some of the mountains that you can see are the Minami Alps. I got a couple shots of some cars. The views along the drive were very nice and so was the experience.

Nagano Ninja Village

I have heard about a ninja village near Nagano, Japan so I decided to check it out. This was a pretty cool place because they had everything you could imagine from trap doors, to ninja star throwing, blow dart shooting, and all sorts of obstacles. They even had some water obstacles. The cool part of …

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Ninja Show Near Mie, Japan

Went to Mie, Japan to checkout a real life ninja show. This was pretty neat because I went to an actual ninja village and learned that the Mie ninja’s were good at the art of implanting a suggestion into a person’s mind in order to get them to do what they want. If I remember …

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Aquarium – Osaka, Japan

Went to the Osaka Aquarium today. This was pretty neat because I took a relaxing boat ride from one side of the harbor to the other side. Then I walked into the aquarium. It was neat because it had huge tanks there are multiple stories tall. Here are some of the photos from that experience.

Osaka Castle, Japan

Went to Osaka castle today. It was really hot and humid, however I really wanted to see the castle. It was really easy to get there by taking the train from Universal Studios, Japan to Osaka castle. Here are some of the photos I took of the experience. I really like seeing and experiencing the …

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Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Went to Matsumoto castle today. This is a really cool castle because it lies in the heart of the city with a moat around it and from the castle you have a spectacular panoramic view of the city, the surrounding area, and the mountains. You can clearly understand why this location was chosen to put …

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Nagano, Japan

Stayed at the Island Hotel (2-15-8 Minamichitose, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 380-0823), Nagano today and snapped a couple of photos from the window of the hotel. Here is what Nagano looks like from that perspective.

Takei Shrine – Nagano, Japan

Explored Nagano, Japan today and stopped and looked at the Takei Shrine. Here is the photo I took of it. The weather was cold and rainy.

Thai Food – Neung Kapow

My favorite Thai food is a dish called, “Neung Kapow.” This is a very common dish that can be found all throughout Thailand. The dish is made with beef, basil, oyster sauce, fish sauce, chili peppers and it is put on top of rice. The first place I ever had this dish was in Nakhon …

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