Tag: Japan

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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18th Communications Squadron Telephone Maintenance

In 1994-1996, I was in the Air Force and I was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. I worked in the 18th Communications Squadron Telephone Maintenance in building 400. Some of the guys I worked with were Susac, McNally, and Mr. Sashida who worked trouble tickets. During my off-duty time my friend Mike …

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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

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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Camp Zama, Japan – Building 101 Ducks

Every year on Camp Zama, Japan in building 101 there is a female duck who temporarily makes a Japanese garden her home while she lays her eggs and raises her babies. It is actually really smart because the Japanese garden is protected on 4 sides, so the only predators that the duck needs to be …

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English from Around the World

In a Bangkok Temple: IT IS FORBIDDEN TO ENTER A WOMAN, EVEN A FOREIGNER, IF DRESSED AS A MAN. Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR. Doctor’s office, Rome: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES. Dry cleaners, Bangkok: DROP YOUR TROUSERS HERE FOR THE BEST RESULTS. In a Nairobi …

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Mount Fuji

Drove over to Mount Fuji to look around and also came across some waterfalls. This time of year wasn’t exactly green and lively, but there was still some beautiful views to be seen.

Nagoya Castle, Japan

Went to the Nagoya Castle today and toured it to see what it is like. There are nice panoramic views of the city and there is a small moat around the castle, but one thing I noticed immediately was how steep the foundation walls are. One of the most famous unique things about this castle …

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December 10th, 2011 Lunar Eclipse Photos from Kanagawa, Japan

Yokohama Zoo

Went over to the Yokohama Zoo called Zoorasia to check out the different animals. Here are some of my photos from enjoying the day at the zoo.

American History

The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American History. Who said, ‘Give me Liberty, or give me Death’?” She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Little Hodiaki a bright foreign exchange student from Japan, who had his hand up: ‘Patrick Henry, 1775’he said. ‘Very good!’ Who said, ‘Government of the People, by …

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Interesting Car in Japan

I saw this crazy little one seater car today and thought it was interesting enough to take a photo of.

Japan Earthquake/Tsunami 40 Days Later in Tohoku

Tokyo Hooters

Some buddies and I heard that they recently opened a Hooters restaurant in Tokyo, so we decided to go check it out.  Here was some of the waitresses.  The food was good and decently priced, but the weird thing was that the waitresses started dancing and you couldn’t film it or take photos of it …

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Maruya Ramen

Here is a ramen shop that I enjoyed frequenting. There is nothing better than getting a nice warm bowl of ramen and a cool autumn or a cold winter day. This ramen shop has some original bowls or ramen with lots of vegetables inside. It was very good. Here is one of my photos of …

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Thai Food

Today I went to a Thai restaurant in Japan. My favorite Thai food dish is called “Neung Kapow.” It is made with beef and it has chili peppers, basil, fish sauce, and oyster sauce and it is usually served over rice. This restaurant calls the dish “Khaw Kra Pow + Khai Dow” and they serve …

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