Category Archives: Travel

Rice Fields in the Country

A feature of the Japanese countryside is the amount of rice that is growing everywhere you go.  I was often amazed to see small sections of rice growing in little spaces between developments of buildings and homes.  Further out, where … Continue reading

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Taking the Kids for a Ride

Bike trails were popular in Yoyogi Park.  The main trails had people getting some speed up but some areas were cordoned off for kids to use.  This person was compromising and taking their kids for a ride in the park.  … Continue reading

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Back Streets

Part of my exploration of Tokyo involved wandering around some back streets.  The city felt so safe, I wanted to see what was going on away from the main activity.  The streets were a maze of routes to get around … Continue reading

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Pokémon Anyone?

I visited Akihabara twice while in Japan.  Once was for a meeting with a client company that was based there and the other was when I was exploring.  This area is known for a lot of entertainment associated with animation … Continue reading

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Akihabara at Night

One of my meetings in Tokyo took place in the Akihabara district.  The company had a cafeteria on one of the higher floors of the building which served food and beer after work and they invited us up there.  Aside … Continue reading

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Tokyo Station

I briefly saw Tokyo Station last time I was in Japan.  This time I wanted to take a better look.  While the station has been significantly redeveloped over the years, the west frontage that looks towards the Imperial Palace has … Continue reading

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Crewing a Recce Jet

I was on the wrong tower at Hyakuri when the crews came out on the recce ramp to crew up.  Rather than get down and move around and potentially miss it, I accepted that shooting through the trees would have … Continue reading

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An Intimidating Statue!

The walk back from the Imperial Palace grounds to the station took me by a statue.  This was an impressive looking warrior on horseback.  The weathering of the statue, the shadows cast by the high light and the intensity of … Continue reading

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A Loaded Black Hawk

The UH-60 Black Hawk is a pretty neat helicopter but in the standard fit, it is not terribly exciting.  However, I do like it when they are kitted up with a lot more stuff.  The external stores support system makes … Continue reading

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Do They Allow Advertising?

What is there to say?  Everything that you imagine about Japanese shopping areas probably includes amazing amounts of advertising.  It certainly didn’t disappoint.  Subtle it is not!

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