Saturday, February 24, 2018

Benza Block

Benza Block (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

On the very last day of Mike's most recent Japan visit, he starting coming down with a cold. What to do? No U.S. over-the-counter medications are for sale there. Luckily, Mr. Sasaki, the grandkids ojiichan, was able to point out this product. Masa bought it, and . . . it helped! Especially on the flight home.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Morning Walk - Yokohama

Storefront A.M. (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Maple Tree (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

On their last full day in Japan, Hali and Mike, with the assistance of Google Maps, located a Starbucks not that far from their Yokohama residence and resolved to walk over there for breakfast. The route went by still-closed storefronts, a Buddhist temple and finally, Starbucks. The bonus feature was a Vie de France bakery at the same location!

Starbucks, Vie de France (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Japan Culinary Adventure (38): Wagyu Beef in Yokohama

Wagyu Beef (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Wagyu Beef Chefs (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

All of us had dinner at a Korean-style restaurant in the Yokohama Station restaurant maze that served wagyu beef. Can I say, quite a long discussion prior to the giving of the order. Probably something to do with the intricacies of the various cuts ( in great abundance - see top photo.) Of course, the beef had melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Earlier beef posts:

Marunouchi Beef

Hida Beef

Also of note, as seen on our way to the restaurant, the sunset view from the bridge at Nishi Yokohama Station.

Sunset, Tracks (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Food Basement

Food Basement (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Food Gift Box (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Photos taken in the basement at the Sogo department store near Yokohama Station. Sensory overload, very exhausting.

So 45,000 yen is certainly more than $400.00.

Didn't realize that 7-11 had a "premium" brand:

Yosemite Road Wine (Yokohama) - Japan   2017

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Anpanman Museum

Anpanman Toys (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Anpanman Exhibit (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Masa and Mike took Hanna and Nolan to see the Anpanman Museum in Yokohama. Masa showed an impressive knowledge of Yokohama Station's elevators as he wheeled Nolan about in a stroller.

The Anpanman TV show "is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a bean-jam filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman."

Kids (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Oriental Turtle Dove Blogging

Oriental Turtle Dove (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Very pretty. It was on the ground in front of us as we were walking away from our residence. It kept its distance, finally hopping up on a concrete fence and posing for this shot taken with a Canon G5X.

"In 1994, the British Birds Rarities Committee reviewed the British records of this species and concluded that three of the eight accepted records should no longer stand. The Oriental turtle dove has occurred a number of times since, including a well-watched bird in Oxfordshire in February 2011, which was found in a birdwatcher's garden. The house owner used the opportunity to charge a £5 fee to view the bird from his kitchen window and up to 500 people queued to see the bird."

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fall Colors

Shinjuku Tree (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Maple Leaves (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

We stayed for two weeks in Japan, starting November 5th. So, maybe a little too early for true fall colors (we didn't make it up into the mountains, alas.) The most spectacular tree was the one seen at top, just outside Shinjuku Station.

Bottom photo taken in the courtyard of our residence in Yokohama.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Photo Studios

Foto Studio Hollywood (Ensenada) - Mexico  1979

Photo Studio (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Top photo taken in 1979, bottom in 2017.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Train to Yokohama

Street (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Buildings (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Photos taken through the train window. At one point we caught a glimpse of far-off Mt. Fuji. But just a glimpse: too distant for a photo. (Mike has an earlier shot of the famous mountain.) The train started out crowded, but Mike was able to snag a seat after a while.

Train to Yokohama - Japan  2017

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mr Doughnut and Mr Waffle / Gotoh Museum

Mr Doughnut (Tokyo) - Japan  2017

Mr Waffle (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Top: Hali and Mike's breakfast in Tokyo at Mr. Doughnut before embarking on an exploratory journey to Kaminoge.

Bottom: Mr. Waffle in Yokohama. We got various waffles for our next day's breakfast.

Speaking of Kaminoge, while we were there looking for Hali's cooking class location, we visited the Gotoh Museum. Best part was walking through the garden.

Stone Lantern (Kaminoge) - Japan  2017

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Leaves (Kichijoji) - Japan  2017

Leaves (Kichijoji) - Japan  2017

Seen in and around Inokashira Park. Photos taken using an Olympus E-M10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens.

Leaves (Kichijoji) - Japan  2017

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Inokashira Park, Kichijoji

Inokashira Park (Kichijoji) - Japan  2017

Broom (Kichijoji) - Japan  2017

Kichijoji is a pleasant suburb of Tokyo.  While Hali and Shawna were taking a cooking class, Mike took the short train ride from Shinjuku to Kichijoji, then walked around the neighborhood.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Cat Blogging

Cats (Yokohama) - Japan  2017

Two cats meowing quite loudly as their owner approached.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Rim Fire - 2

Poison Oak (Rim Fire) - Sierra Nevada  2017

Burnt Trees, New Growth (Rim Fire) - Sierra Nevada  2017

Now it's possible to pull off of highway 120 and get a closer view of the burn. Poison oak seems to be flourishing nicely. Some snags have been scheduled for removal.

Of course, there are varying opinions.