Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fences, Hills

Fence, Redwoods - Marin County  2014

Fence, Hills - Marin County  2014

Taken using an Olympus E-M1 with a Panasonic 14-42mm lens. Pretty good!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Cat Blogging

Black Cat, Hay - Marin County  2014

The little black cat, once again.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Farewell to the East

Worker, Narita Airport - Japan  2014

Upon arrival at Narita Airport we spent some time in the United Lounge. Hm. Not quite what we had been thinking of: crowded and plasticky.

Our flight left at 6:00 PM, Thursday and arrived at SFO 11:00 AM, Thursday. Somehow I missed a morning in there.

And, I had jet lag off and on during the following week with wildly varying sleep times.

We're already compiling notes for the next trip! For example, "- Need to take weekend crowds etc. into consideration when planning locations to visit. - Need to establish a restaurant protocol: be able to recognize common kanji and ask about menus." And more.

Farewell to the East (George Wunder)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

. . . from the Narita Express

Rice Paddies - Japan  2014

Skytree - Japan  2014

Narita Airport is quite a distance from Tokyo, a matter of some hours even taking a high speed express train. Going there we were able to glimpse the Skytree and take in some agricultural sights.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Jizo Statues

Jizo Statue (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Jizo Statues (Nippori) - Japan  2014

In the rain, seen on my Nippori excursion. Very touching . . . please see my 2008 entry.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Cemetery, Tree (Nippori) - Japan  2014
Street, Cemetery, Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

There's a very large cemetery in this section of Tokyo. I didn't do that much exploring, the rain was really starting to come down.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tennoji Temple (2)

Stone Lantern (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Leaves in Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

There was no one else there: no tourists or staff: the emptiness was oddly compelling.

I took off my shoes in order to walk on the wooden platform overlooking the stone lantern, somehow feeling obliged to do so.

Temple Detail, Rain (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tennoji Temple (1)

Azaleas, Water Pots (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Nandina, Tennoji Temple (Nippori) - Japan  2014

. . . in the rain. I had crossed over the Nippori Station's tracks on a pedestrian bridge and almost immediately came upon the temple grounds. Amazingly atmospheric even though it's very close to the train station. Even nicer in the rain.

Buddha (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Dog Blogging

Dog (Kyoto) - Japan  2014

Studiously avoiding our gaze.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nippori (Yanaka District)

Railroad Tracks (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Hotel Seeds (Nippori) - Japan  2014

Supposedly you can find scenes from "old Japan" in this district, although I didn't really see any. Lots of railroad tracks and love hotels, though!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tokyo Rain

Rain on Window (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Self Portrait (Nippori) - Japan  2014

It rained our last full day in Tokyo. Of course, that was the day I picked to venture forth on a solo excursion to Nippori.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tokyo Night

Night View (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

. . . views from our window at the Shinjuku Hilton. Wow.

Bottom photo taken using the 14-150mm Olympus "superzoom" at 150mm (300 equiv.)

Looking Out (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Japan: Culinary Adventure (22): Ramen

Ramen (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Ramen Menu (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Supposed to be eaten quickly, I gather. We weren't all that quick, however! The restaurant was located inside a Tokyo department store in the Shinjuku Station labyrinth. Just opposite our ramen restaurant a group of young ladies were waiting for tables to open in what appeared to be a unique place featuring such specialities as "erotica paella."

Waiting (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tokyo Residential

Residential (iPhone Pano) (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

Tokyo Government Towers (Tokyo) - Japan  2014

During one of our morning walks in Shinjuku we wandered down some narrow winding streets to find what appeared to be an upscale residential neighborhood.