There was another large earthquake off the coast of northern Japan, kind of in the same area as the 3/11 event.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I took a quick day trip to Kobe, it's just over a hour away by bullet train, from Nagoya. I went there without much of a plan, other than to ask the information desk at Kobe station what should I do?
Among many German style dishes they had beer and pretzels, which was good enough for me.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
For the past few months, NPR has been playing a radio series titled the 'Street of Eternal Happiness' on the APM show Marketplace. The radio show uses this area of Shanghai as a tool to show China's ongoing economic transformation. The street of eternal happiness is actually Changle Road.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I made a second visit to Shanghai to visit friends and took a day trip to Nanjing using the new Chinese bullet train.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Typically the American Red Cross collects blood in the US and in Japan the Japanese Red Cross takes care of this task.
Above is Kanayama Station at 6am, I usually transfer here on my way to work in the morning. Recently this large poster was hung from the rafters, it's from the Japanese Red Cross asking people to donate nearby. The mascot for the red cross is Kenketsu-san, a bunny with blood red ears. This blood red ear'ed bunny kind of freaks me out. Each evil bunny has a name, named after the type of blood it wants.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Once every 5 years the city of Handa, south of Nagoya has a huge festival called the Handa Float Festival. I'm not sure where they all come from but 31 different floats get displayed all over the city of 100,000's of people show up to check them out.
The images they make by stitching is almost 3D. I think these rugs are 100's of years old.
I think this is the #1 foreign blog for post about the city of Handa.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Ise Shrine is one of the three most important shrines in Japan and is in the prefecture of Mie, about 1 or 2 hours from Nagoya city. A few months ago I visited and walked up on a couple of Shinto Priest praying next to a river but did not pay much attention to this.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This past week I was in Sacheon, South Korea and found myself under another Typhoon, this time Typhoon Sanba. This photo is the morning of September 17th, about 3 hours before the eye came over Sacheon.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The standard Japanese beverage can size is 330 ml (almost the same as the US), for a couple of years now manufactures have been selling 135 ml cans. It's kind of convenient, especially is you are not that thirsty.
Above are three cans of Asahi Super Dry, 135 ml. These made it to the summit of Fuji!
Above is an old guy enjoying a 135 ml super dry during a festival in Nagoya. You can get an idea how small they are.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I have lived in Japan for over four years now and have yet to climb Fuji, not sure why I guess I have just been lazy. Two weekends ago I finally got around to making the hike, below is my backpack.
I put more photos of the climb here.