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Tokyo Ramen – Ippudo and Jangara Kakuni Ramen with Extra Garlic, Yum

Written by on August 17, 2008 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Tokyo Ramen - Ippudo and Jangara Kakuni Ramen with Extra Garlic, Yum

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.

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Bass in the Woods

Written by on June 2, 2008 in Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Bass in the Woods

The bass player from Napolitan Cafe Orchestra practicing in Inokashira Park near Kichijouji Station in Tokyo.

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Scene in Chinatown, Yokohama

Written by on March 25, 2008 in Life, Culture, Events, People, People, People with 0 Comments

Scene in Chinatown, Yokohama

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?

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Dondoyaki Party

Written by on January 21, 2008 in Life, Culture, Events, People, People, People with 0 Comments

Dondoyaki Party

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).

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In the Mirror

Written by on March 30, 2007 in People, People, People with 0 Comments

In the Mirror

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.

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Train Conductors

Written by on March 28, 2007 in People, People, People with 0 Comments

Train Conductors

I posted a similar image a few days ago. I took this shot during a delay on the Chuo Train line. The man on the left is speaking into a microphone giving an update to people waiting on the platform.

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Inspecting

Written by on March 27, 2007 in People, People, People with 0 Comments

Inspecting

A woman inspects items in a ceramic store.

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Escape

Written by on March 25, 2007 in Favorites, People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Escape

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.

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Conductor

Written by on March 23, 2007 in People, People, People, Photo Blog with 0 Comments

Conductor

A station worker on the Chuo Line watches after the trains finally get moving again after a delay.

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Blonde

Written by on March 22, 2007 in People, People, People with 0 Comments

Blonde

A girl standing in front of Shinjuku Station…not sure why, she was still there when I left.

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