PEOPLE OF JAPAN 44 - “ROCK CLIMBING MAN WHO MADE ME HAPPY AND SAD”
I sort of remember being all excited when I saw this guy up on the rock. I also sort of remember being all excited when I took this picture.
But here is what I remember most… looking at this picture and complaining to Vicki about the guy on the rock. I remember saying “why couldn’t he be wearing a red jacket, this photo would be so much cooler if he was in a red jacket, and where’s his winter cap, this photo would be so much cooler if he had a cozy winter cap, why did this guy ruin my photo Vicki, why???” I then told Vicki to put on my cozy winter cap and climb the rock and pose like a “little rock creature”. She took my hat but refused to climb the rock or pose like a “little rock creature”.
Still, gotta give this guy much respect for figuring out how to get up on that big ol’ rock.
PLACES OF JAPAN 14 - “CUTE LITTLE RED
SNOWBALL STAND SHRINE ON CLIFF”
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 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 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 08 - “KOCHI FISH MARKET”
Get ready for about a billion* pictures of everything and everyone in this place. Photographically speaking it was by far the highlight of my trip, and that’s saying a lot considering I spent an afternoon here.
*By a billion I really mean around fifteen or twenty.
PLACES OF JAPAN 07 - “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.
PLACES OF JAPAN 06 - “KOCHI CHRISTMAS TREE”
The only Christmas tree we saw the entire time and it wasn’t even green, much less real.
Way to be Japanese minimalist design… way to be.
PLACES OF JAPAN 05 - “HANEDA AIRPORT AT SUNSET (4 of 4)”
As we were waiting for Vicki’s dad to arrive at the airport I snapped a few shots while Vicki was…
a) playing Connect Four with Tokyo-Ras.
b) playing Candy Land with 6948358869.
c) playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with Tokyo-Ras, 6948358869, and a young Fred Savage.
d) checking on her dad’s flight status.
Note: For anyone who may be new to this blog Vicki is my awesome wife. She may or may not know that I have this blog. Also, she may or may not even be real. How insane would that be if she’s not even real?
Oh, the correct answer is “C”.