May 7th, 2007 at 05:16 am
One of the lessons that my father taught me was to always leave a place in better shape than when you arrive. When I go on my walks in Japan, they always take a bag along to pick up trash that I find along the way. It's one of those little things that anybody can do to help make the area around where they live a little better.
May 5th, 2007 at 09:39 am
This is a typical Japanese farmhouse that I came across the other day while out on a walk.
April 24th, 2007 at 09:37 am
This was kind of interesting. It's the first time I have seen a Coke machine with a video in it. The video was playing Coke commercials along with an educational tape that showed how to use your phone to purchase a Coke (that's right, you don't even need change to buy a Coke in Japan. Just swipe your cell phone and out comes a Coke.)
April 20th, 2007 at 01:15 am
I came across a new manhole cover design while wandering around town:
April 18th, 2007 at 02:38 am
Having lived in Japan for over 10 years, most strange spelling and names don't even grab my attention anymore, so when something does, it has to be really awful. I came across this clothing store for kids in a mall near our house. Probably not the best name for a store of any kind...
April 14th, 2007 at 03:23 pm
You can tell it's spring not only by the time, but also by all the flowers around the clock
April 13th, 2007 at 01:27 am
One thing that I like about Kobe is that there are random sculptures all over the place. I took about a 20 minute walk from the immigration office to the train station the other day and these are all the sculptures I came across along the way:
April 12th, 2007 at 01:33 am
I came across this wall in a park - all the bricks tiles in the wall are the hands of children:
April 11th, 2007 at 10:13 am
Some more of the decorative manholes I came across recently (I get really strange looks from people when I stop to take photos of these )
April 10th, 2007 at 05:09 pm
This weekend the cherry blossom were out so my wife and I took a day to go cherry blossom viewing. Neither of us likes the crowds of the main places that people gather to view them, so we headed out to the countryside and found a river lines with them without hardly another person around:
April 10th, 2007 at 03:28 am
You know that it's springtime in Japan because the cherry blossoms are out and ever conceivable thing in Japan has that theme - including cherry blossom rice wine (sake)
April 9th, 2007 at 09:55 am
I love the signs in Japan
April 9th, 2007 at 04:51 am
As you might imagine, parking in Japan is always a challenge. Often they will stack cars as in this photo:
April 8th, 2007 at 03:09 pm
I was wandering around Kobe this weekend when I came across a memorial for the Great Hanshin earthquake that happened in 1995 - believe it or not, I was there for it. Although I lived a bit outside the disaster zone, I was there within a few days in order to help my wife's aunt. It is certainly a natural disaster that I hope I never have to live through again...
April 7th, 2007 at 04:00 pm
I was wandering the other day when I came across all these old pachinko machines!
March 2nd, 2007 at 05:59 am
Here are a couple more manhole covers I came across the other day:
February 23rd, 2007 at 07:35 am
I always find nature amazing. I was on a walk the other day when I found a tree that was actually growing inside another tree. Apparently a seed from a nearby tree had landed in an open area of the branches and began to grow.