26th March 2011

PLACES OF JAPAN 14 - “SNOWBALL STAND”
As we approached this cute little red building I convinced myself that it would be a Japanese snowball stand. I was literally wondering if they would have a chicken teriyaki flavored snowball, and if so, would I try it, or would I play it safe and go with the tutti frutti. Fortunately it turned out to be a shrine so I didn’t have to make this difficult decision. PLACES OF JAPAN 14 - “SNOWBALL STAND”
As we approached this cute little red building I convinced myself that it would be a Japanese snowball stand. I was literally wondering if they would have a chicken teriyaki flavored snowball, and if so, would I try it, or would I play it safe and go with the tutti frutti. Fortunately it turned out to be a shrine so I didn’t have to make this difficult decision.

PLACES OF JAPAN 14 - “SNOWBALL STAND”

As we approached this cute little red building I convinced myself that it would be a Japanese snowball stand. I was literally wondering if they would have a chicken teriyaki flavored snowball, and if so, would I try it, or would I play it safe and go with the tutti frutti. Fortunately it turned out to be a shrine so I didn’t have to make this difficult decision.

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18th March 2011

PLACES OF JAPAN 11 - “KOCHI HOUSES”
I quite enjoyed this row of eclectic homes in Kochi as I love the hodgepodge of materials used to construct each home. If Mad Max ever went beyond the Thunder Dome to Kochi I could see him building a similar home out of found materials. 
What’s interesting is that although each of these three homes is very unique, all three seem to have the same door. 
Also, in case you are wondering, the earthquake was nowhere near Kochi so the homes you see here are definitely still standing. PLACES OF JAPAN 11 - “KOCHI HOUSES”
I quite enjoyed this row of eclectic homes in Kochi as I love the hodgepodge of materials used to construct each home. If Mad Max ever went beyond the Thunder Dome to Kochi I could see him building a similar home out of found materials. 
What’s interesting is that although each of these three homes is very unique, all three seem to have the same door. 
Also, in case you are wondering, the earthquake was nowhere near Kochi so the homes you see here are definitely still standing.

PLACES OF JAPAN 11 - “KOCHI HOUSES”

I quite enjoyed this row of eclectic homes in Kochi as I love the hodgepodge of materials used to construct each home. If Mad Max ever went beyond the Thunder Dome to Kochi I could see him building a similar home out of found materials. 

What’s interesting is that although each of these three homes is very unique, all three seem to have the same door. 

Also, in case you are wondering, the earthquake was nowhere near Kochi so the homes you see here are definitely still standing.

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17th March 2011

PLACES OF JAPAN 10 - “KOCHI RIVER”
Soon after I took this photo two Japanese boys, probably around 6 years old, approached me on their bikes. They stopped before me and very slowly and deliberately said “HELLO AMERICAN”. I said “HELLO” back and they repeated “HELLO”. I then slowly and deliberately said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and they laughed hysterically and drove off.
A few hours later we ran into the same boys and they very carefully and phonetically said “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. I said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and added a “HO HO HO”. They once again laughed hysterically and drove off.
I told Vicki that I was fairly certain that I could be Japan’s next big stand up comedian. She told me not to quit my day job.  PLACES OF JAPAN 10 - “KOCHI RIVER”
Soon after I took this photo two Japanese boys, probably around 6 years old, approached me on their bikes. They stopped before me and very slowly and deliberately said “HELLO AMERICAN”. I said “HELLO” back and they repeated “HELLO”. I then slowly and deliberately said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and they laughed hysterically and drove off.
A few hours later we ran into the same boys and they very carefully and phonetically said “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. I said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and added a “HO HO HO”. They once again laughed hysterically and drove off.
I told Vicki that I was fairly certain that I could be Japan’s next big stand up comedian. She told me not to quit my day job. 

PLACES OF JAPAN 10 - “KOCHI RIVER”

Soon after I took this photo two Japanese boys, probably around 6 years old, approached me on their bikes. They stopped before me and very slowly and deliberately said “HELLO AMERICAN”. I said “HELLO” back and they repeated “HELLO”. I then slowly and deliberately said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and they laughed hysterically and drove off.

A few hours later we ran into the same boys and they very carefully and phonetically said “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. I said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and added a “HO HO HO”. They once again laughed hysterically and drove off.

I told Vicki that I was fairly certain that I could be Japan’s next big stand up comedian. She told me not to quit my day job. 

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31st January 2011

KOCHI
I took this photo through a window atop the frigid Kochi Castle in Kochi, Japan.
Bit of advise for anyone who may ever visit Kochi Castle in late December… Always wear the complimentary sandals! You are not allowed to wear shoes in the castle, and my biggest regret in life is refusing the complimentary sandals thinking that I’d be fine walking around in my tube socks on the frigid wooden floors. I had no idea that wood, or Japan for that matter, could get so cold. KOCHI
I took this photo through a window atop the frigid Kochi Castle in Kochi, Japan.
Bit of advise for anyone who may ever visit Kochi Castle in late December… Always wear the complimentary sandals! You are not allowed to wear shoes in the castle, and my biggest regret in life is refusing the complimentary sandals thinking that I’d be fine walking around in my tube socks on the frigid wooden floors. I had no idea that wood, or Japan for that matter, could get so cold.

KOCHI

I took this photo through a window atop the frigid Kochi Castle in Kochi, Japan.

Bit of advise for anyone who may ever visit Kochi Castle in late December… Always wear the complimentary sandals! You are not allowed to wear shoes in the castle, and my biggest regret in life is refusing the complimentary sandals thinking that I’d be fine walking around in my tube socks on the frigid wooden floors. I had no idea that wood, or Japan for that matter, could get so cold.

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27th January 2011

HANEDA AIRPORT AT SUNSET
As we were waiting for Vicki’s dad to arrive at the airport I snapped a few shots while Vicki was…
a) trapped inside of a crazy Japanese vending machine
b) buying used panties from a crazy Japanese vending machine
c) trapped inside of used panties while buying a crazy Japanese vending machine
d) standing next to me HANEDA AIRPORT AT SUNSET
As we were waiting for Vicki’s dad to arrive at the airport I snapped a few shots while Vicki was…
a) trapped inside of a crazy Japanese vending machine
b) buying used panties from a crazy Japanese vending machine
c) trapped inside of used panties while buying a crazy Japanese vending machine
d) standing next to me

HANEDA AIRPORT AT SUNSET

As we were waiting for Vicki’s dad to arrive at the airport I snapped a few shots while Vicki was…

a) trapped inside of a crazy Japanese vending machine

b) buying used panties from a crazy Japanese vending machine

c) trapped inside of used panties while buying a crazy Japanese vending machine

d) standing next to me

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25th January 2011

SMOKES LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Actually, maybe it’s steam. Either way it always looks nice on camera.
I took this photo as I was on a lunchtime quest to find Chicken Teriyaki, hands down my favorite meal in America. For anyone who thinks that Chicken Teriyaki would be on every menu in Japan, as I did, think again. During our week in Japan I only found Chicken Teriyaki once! Pizza was everywhere, but not Chicken Teriyaki. Outrage I say! SMOKES LIKE TEEN SPIRIT
Actually, maybe it’s steam. Either way it always looks nice on camera.
I took this photo as I was on a lunchtime quest to find Chicken Teriyaki, hands down my favorite meal in America. For anyone who thinks that Chicken Teriyaki would be on every menu in Japan, as I did, think again. During our week in Japan I only found Chicken Teriyaki once! Pizza was everywhere, but not Chicken Teriyaki. Outrage I say!

SMOKES LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

Actually, maybe it’s steam. Either way it always looks nice on camera.

I took this photo as I was on a lunchtime quest to find Chicken Teriyaki, hands down my favorite meal in America. For anyone who thinks that Chicken Teriyaki would be on every menu in Japan, as I did, think again. During our week in Japan I only found Chicken Teriyaki once! Pizza was everywhere, but not Chicken Teriyaki. Outrage I say!

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