Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tokyo Tower Chimpanzee

Under the Tokyo tower is a building called Foot Town, there is restaurants and shops in there, 4 floors total. On the roof of the building is a Chimpanzee show, it was....Well, everyone loved the show but I'm not sure if the monkey was really having fun.Above is it's trainer, she taught the chimpanzee Japanese and how to do many things, like fake punch and jump:Which is an amazing skill, but......But you can kind of tell tell, the chimp is just waiting for a chance take revenge and make an escape.

Tokyo Tower

This past Monday / Tuesday, I made short trip to Tokyo, actually 23 hours and 40 minutes from the time I got off the train to the time when I got back on it. Why I was there, I will explain more later, but part of my time included a trip to the Tokyo Tower.Located not to far from the crazy area known as Roppongi, the main function of this thing is a radio and television transmission tower and place for people to stand and look down.It also serves a cultural function similar to the Eiffel Tower, in that of movies and cartoons you will see this in the background. As a way to setup where the story is taking place. Tokyo does point out there tower is 4 tons, the ET is 7 tons.... I think someone is trying to say it is better engineered.The view looking down is amazing, an area of the city known as minato, full of apartments and small business.The view looking out is good too, above is mori tower, this building might all ready be somewhere on this blog.Looking South.Looking East... big city.The photos above are all from 150 meters, the second observation deck is at 250 meter, but I was to lazy to wait the extra hour to go up there.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Signs of Spring

Among other things like cherry blossoms and rain, I can also use my garden for signs of spring, and over the weekend my garden made those sings clear:Scattered about the weeds and other refuse that survived the winter, flowers have started to appear!These flowers are from bulbs I found in the soil last year when I removed most of the ground cover from the garden to make room for vegetables. I took those bulbs and moved them to the corners to see if anything would happen later.Between the flowers are mostly weeds and some dried out left over chillies from last year. Soon I will clear this out and get ready for garden 2010. I hope to have something in the ground as soon as it warms up. I hope to plant some watermelon this year too.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Obvious Solution

Cat stuck in tree:

Cut down tree.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sake Brewing

South of Nagoya is the city of Odaka, very old place known for brewing Sake. Sake a Japanese alcohol made from rice, Odaka is known for making a sweet Sake. Two of the breweries were giving tours this past weekend, here are a couple of photos.

The process to make Sake is similar to making beer, but without the malts. The first step is to find some rice:Next wash the rice and make it into koji, I think this is the room where they make the koji:The koji is then mixed with the yeast in large tanks and left to ferment.This is looking down into a tank, it smells good, like bread.Next something happens and Sake is made. Serving the Sake is more easy, this guys pours the finish product into glass server then fills little cups for everyone:There are many different kind of sake too, for example unfiltered sake is being poured in the foreground:


I visited a foreign food grocery store over the weekend and spotted these tortillas from across the frozen food isle.Tortillas in Japan is not very weird, a pack of 10 coast about $5, but the name of these tortillas caught my attention. Kind of named in honor of my aunt. It's to bad my comal is somewhere in Seattle.