Tokyo Daily Photo
A site about the scenery of daily life in Tokyo
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Flowers in front of a new shop or restaurant
When a shop or restaurant is opened, its friends or acquaintances send flowers to it. So when I see them, I can see a new shop or restaurant open. By the way, Phalaenopsis orchids are also presented and are put inside the new restaurant. Orchid is popular as a present in Japan.
Monday, November 27, 2006
La vita 'e dura, vero...
This picture is shot, inspired by Eric, Paris Daily Photo.
A old man are sleeping by a fir tree, ornamented with silver and gold rings for X'mas and some people pass by the man. But, strange to say, he is too neat to be a beggar. Perhaps, he may be a new one.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Bonus: To ben
Cutting fish to a small pieces
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Steam drifts up from a chimney. I can hardly see the smoke from a chimney in the middle of Tokyo still now. Katsuo-bushi, dried and smoked bonito fish used for miso soup, is made here.
This is katsuo-bushi.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Fish in season
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
What women want most
The other day, a friend of mine said to me "for me, women are and will be mysterious!"
I said "What's wrong? Why?"
He said, "because most women adore some brilliant stones, so called jewels, though they are tiny. I cannot understand why they like them so much! They also seem to prefer the colored one to the highly clear one called diamond. They love to wear them on their ears, fingers and necks. And the surprising thing is that stones she wears and wants tend to be getting bigger year by year....."
The picture reminds me of what my friend said.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
A souvenir shop
This is a souvenir shop in Tsukiji fishing market. It sells many items related to fish.
Some of them are caps that Japanese letters are laced. The trademark of the market is laced on the far left cap. On the one next to the far left cap, the Japanese character, eel, is laced. And the right-hand one means awabi, ear shell, and the next means tai, porgy.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Good old memory
This is typical sports ground in elementary school in Tokyo.
Baseball and football is popular among boys in Japan. Some of them join in baseball or football club team and practice it after school is over. By the way, I seriously used to play baseball in elementary and handball in junior high school and high school.
The ground is too small to practice both baseball and football simultaneously. So they practice it by turns. The photo shows that boys practice baseball, divided in half in the same ground.
I used to play baseball in elementary school in the same way as this. When I played left field, home-run ball came over my head from another field since the ground was too small.
The photo reminds me of good old memory, playing baseball as much as I like.
PS. I will reply to your comments on weekend. Sorry!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Senbei: Japanese rice cracker
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
A street on weekend
Thursday, November 09, 2006
These red foods is called Umeboshi, a fruit of ume, Japanese apricot. They are pickled in salt with red perilla and dried in the sun. Those who taste them for the first time may find them surprisingly sour. They are used in various dished as well as being served with rice. They are often included in boxed lunches as a garnish for rice and as a filling for rice balls, called Onigiri.
Some people put it to Shochu, a traditional distilled spirit, adding hot water. The combination is also nice and I love it.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Some patches of cemetery
These pictures were shooted by a skyscraper in Roppongi, one of biggest entertainment districts in the middle of Tokyo.
Careful looking of the above picture makes you find some graveyards or cemetery, surrounded by modern buildings.
Some patches of graveyards exist in the middle of Tokyo because some small temples are there still now. (Most of them are not allowed to enter for people who don't have their ancestor's grave.)
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Seen from drinking glass
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Women in orange
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Hot chocolat with brandy
A time table
These are time table and complicated of a subway in Tokyo.
The surprising thing is that the time table in rush hour do exist although 23 trains run only in a hour of eight o'clock.
Most of these trains arrive on a station right on time.
This table is not a pose and this works very well because of the great effort of subway authorities.
But this punctuality sometimes work negatively.
107 people on a train have died of a train accident in April, 2005, around Osaka in Japan.
A train operator move the train at excessive speed to make up for only one or two minutes delay and the train went off the rails unfortunately.
Just only one or two minutes delay has taken 107 lives away...
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Something that is about to disappear soon
This 2000-yen bill was introduced in 2000. Now we use four kinds of bill, 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen bill.
But this bill have been very unpopular. There are some reasons. Many vending machines cannot accept this bill, and people are not easy to make a mental count with 2000 yen bill.
Anyway, the biggest reason is that people don't need this bill at all. It is not inconvenient for most people to use only 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 bills.
So why was 2,000 yen bill introduced? Because it was introduced just in memory of holding G-8 summit in Okinawa, Japan, in 2000. It is so silly!
Now this bill doesn't go current very much. And it is about to disappear soon.
But if we use more plastic for a big purchase like US, this bill will be more popular.
(I forget to register to "the theme day".)