People, People, People
I love ramen. My favorite is Tonkotsu ramen loaded with garlic. The best shops put a bowl of raw garlic cloves on the counter, and I add 2 or 3 to the broth which is usually thick with garlic already. If you’re looking for great, strong tasting ramen, I recommend Ippudo Ramen (in Ebisu, Yokohama, or Takadanobaba). I like the thin, hard noodles (and, of course, the powerful taste). I also love Jangara Ramen in Harajuku. I always order the Kakuni Ramen. Kakuni is extra fatty, stewed pork. After eating Kakuni Ramen at Jangara with extra garlic I always feel a bit queezy, but I think it’s worth it. Anyway, I always go back.
The ramen shop in the picture is forgettable as far as I know. Ramen is fast food in Japan. Tokyo must have thousands of little ramen shops serving up average fare, but when you find a good one you’ll know.
As the weather warms up people are walking outside again — and Chinatown is a great place for it. Walk from Sakuragicho Station to Chinatown for lunch. Pass through to the port and catch the Sea Bass (double entendre: sea bus) over to the Minato Mirai area. Walk through the [Red Brick Warehouse](http://japanwindow.com/index.php?showimage=686), and have a cup of coffee, Then head for the ferris wheel (or the roller coaster). If you have any money left, then go out for dinner in Landmark Plaza or Queen’s Square. Just an idea — not something I’ve done all in one day (but bit by bit over the years). If you’re in the Tokyo area for a day, though, there are more authentic ways to sample Japan. This is a break from routine life here, not the place to go find it. 🙂
PS – How many pandas can you count in this picture?
Just another look at the Dondoyaki in the farming community near our place. The community gathered to burn all their New Year’s decorations, plus all the good luck charms they bought the previous year. Then they roasted mochi on sticks over the coals. Despite the spiritual-superstitious, it had a lot in common with a block party or campfire (where I come from).
I posted a similar image awhile back. I’ve been attracted recently to mirrors and reflections. Maybe I’m influenced by other photographers in Japan who seem to use reflections frequently, or it’s just a natural consequence of the urban environment. Reflections are a way to try and portray the complex layers of physical space plus activity, engagement, and detachment. Oh, and me.
This is one of my favorite photos that I’ve taken for awhile. I liked the coke machine and light at the bottom of the stairs. While I was standing there this couple showed up and gave the shot a mysterious flavor. I don’t know why they took off running as they rounded the corner.