City and Places

Landmark Tower, Sakuragicho

Written by on January 2, 2007 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Landmark Tower, Sakuragicho

Yeah, I know it’s leaning toward the center of the photo. Someone tell me a good (free) plug-in for Photoshop that fixes this and I’ll start using it. For now, just think of this as an *effect*.

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Happy New Year’s

Written by on January 1, 2007 in City and Places, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Happy New Year's

We drove to my wife’s *jikka* today (the place where her parent’s live). It’s a town along the coast near Odawara. I’ll post photos for the next few days but not much text.

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It’s New Year’s Eve

Written by on December 31, 2006 in City and Places, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

It's New Year's Eve

We’re going to be “traditional” tonight (we already ate soba for dinner) and watch *kohaku uta gassen*. According to [Japan-Guide.com](http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2064.html) it’s…

a highly popular television program featuring many of Japan’s most famous J-pop and enka singers in spectacular performances

I can live through with some effort. Each year the show features a line up of male and female singers, and afterwards the live audience votes on which side (male or female) was better. I always root for the guys because they usually sing on key and express some emotion (esp. the guys from Okinawa, they’re a hoot). I used to mock most of the female singers for singing off key and just standing there looking limply at the camera, but my wife didn’t like that so I stopped mostly.

After midnight we may stay up to see what manner of flaming death Okumura has in mind for himself this year. Okumura Taro is my favorite Japanese comedian. Three years ago he dove into an exploding pit of fire with an unraveling loin cloth trailing behind him. Two years ago he climbed inside a giant flaming “darumasan” and exploded. Last year he was run over by a giant ball. It was on fire, of course, but he didn’t explode or even appear to die so the whole thing was a let down.… Keep Reading

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Tree at Sakuragicho

Written by on December 30, 2006 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Tree at Sakuragicho

This tree covered in purple lights right out to the tips of the finer branches was across the street from the Red Brick Warehouse in Sakuragicho. I don’t know if they removed the lights after Christmas. Probably not.

My office — the room with the computer — is warm now thanks to a space heater I bought yesterday. It’s amazing what a difference some warm air makes. Especially if you add coffee.

On another note, last night I was reading *The Broker* by Grisham. I was nearing the end and enjoying it quite a bit, and then suddenly it skipped from page 296 to page 329. Thirty three pages are missing! Bummer. I’ll try to take it back. I wonder if it’s just my copy or if the entire edition could be missing pages…? I’ll find out soon.

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Red Brick Warehouse, People

Written by on December 27, 2006 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Red Brick Warehouse, People

Walkers and sitters around the Red Brick Warehouse at Sakuragicho. See the previous two posts for more info.

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Red Brick Warehouse, Sakuragicho

Written by on December 27, 2006 in City and Places, Favorites, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Red Brick Warehouse, Sakuragicho

The Red Brick Warehouse is restored shipping warehouse near Sakuragicho Station in Yokohama. It’s a five or ten minute walk from the station. Right now they have an ice skating rink set up outside…

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Pachinko Morning

Written by on December 17, 2006 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Pachinko Morning

Morning in front of Hachioji Station in Tokyo, the huge mouth of a pachinko parlor is closed.

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Shinjuku in the Evening

Written by on December 16, 2006 in City and Places with 0 Comments

Shinjuku in the Evening

I took this the other day on my way to Kinokuniya. Actually on my way back…

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Hole in the Wall

Written by on December 12, 2006 in City and Places, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Hole in the Wall

This is a little yakiniku and nabe shop down a very narrow alley in Shinjuku. I’ve walked by the alley many times, but this is the first time I walked in. I didn’t stop anywhere to eat, but maybe I’ll do that next time.

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On Camera

On Camera

Just a quick photo before going to bed… Some of you probably saw this already at [GenGallery](http://www.gengallery.com).

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