Friday, August 31, 2007

The fish market early in the morning

The fish market early in the morning

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Where is she walking?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

a daily scenery on the street

a daily scenery on the street

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The facade of Hermes building in Ginza

The facade of Hermes building in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Monday, August 27, 2007

A lady wearing Kimono on the street

A lady wearing Kimono on the street

Sunday, August 26, 2007

a floating knife, spoon and fork, displayed at the window of a Shiseido shop

a floating knife, spoon and fork, displayed at the window of a Shiseido shop, Tokyo

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Watch war in Ginza

Watch war in Ginza
Many luxury watch shops are opening around Ginza 7-chome in Tokyo. If you would like to buy some watch, it is better to go to the district.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Omotesando Boulevard

Omotesando Boulevard

Thursday, August 23, 2007

In front of Omote-Sando-Hills

In front of Omote-Sando-Hills

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

a vallery in the middle of Tokyo, Ginza

a vallery in the middle of Tokyo, Ginza

Monday, August 20, 2007

The light by the entrance of a sushi restaurant in Ginza

The light by the entrance of a sushi restaurant in Ginza

Sunday, August 19, 2007

A glance of Tokyo

A glance of Tokyo

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Packed sushi pieces sold at a supermarket

Packed sushi pieces sold at a supermarket, Tokyo
When I prefer eating sushi at home and don't want to spend much money for dinner, I sometimes buy packed sushi pieces at a supermarket. It will cost me less than 1000 JPY, which is more reasonable than the sushi at restaurants. Its taste is not so good than that at restaurants but the cost performance is rather good.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Tokyo tower and a building

The tower and a building

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The hottest season in Japan

Now it is about 30 degrees Celsius even in the morning and one of the hottest season in Japan. It was 40.2 degrees Celsius at Tatebayashi, Gunma, near Tokyo, yesterday.

This is a basin made of glass and attracts many people because of the heat.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

No more war

No more war, Tokyo
This is not an artwork but a part of steel frame changed in shape by the bomb in 1945.

By the way, today, the 15th, August, is the day when the World War II ended in Japan. No more war, conflict, terror...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


This is Nihonbashi, the name of bridge. "Nihon" means Japan and "Bashi" means bridge so the name means "Japan bridge" in English.

Nihonbashi used to be the center of Tokyo during Edo period and is the beginning of the road to Kyoto, Tokaido, and because of such milestone, Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya, the most established department stores in Japan, are near the bridge.

Now this stone-made bridge is covered with the expressways, encompassing the entire Tokyo like the web. Every time I pass througth the bridge, I feel the bridge seem to need the sunlight.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Yukata, a casual Kimono in summer

Yukata, a casual Kimono in summer
We usually wear Yukata during summer to go outside and see fireworks festivals.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A dragonfly

The insect reminds most Japanese of the summer holiday in childhood.

When I was a boy, I used to enjoy catching this insect in summer, as well as cicadas and grasshoppers. I used to be very good at catching these insects.

Now, thanks to catching such insects so often in childhood, I'm rather good at battering cockroaches running about around the kitchen to death:-)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Mens enjoying Shogi on the street

Mens enjoying Shogi on the street, Tokyo
Men are enjoying Shogi, a Japanese chess game came from China a long time ago, on the street. Now less people enjoy it because of the release of various games but it is still now one of the most popular games in Japan among older men.

Friday, August 10, 2007

A tableware shop in Tokyo

A tableware shop in Tokyo

Thursday, August 09, 2007

A man running through a Sakurada Gate, close to the Imperial Palace

The circuit of the Imperial Palace, about 5 kilo meters, is popular as a place for jogging. On weekend, if it is sunny, many people are jogging around the Palace.

By the way, the building behind is the Parliament building.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A floating fork

A floating fork

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

People who hand out ads

When we walk on the streets in Tokyo, we often see people who hand out ads: for example, small packed Kleenex with ads, papered fan with printed ads, coupon ticket and more.

If you want Kleenex while staying in Tokyo, don't go to supermarkets! Go to streets, instead!!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Empty boxes near the fish market

Empty boxes near the fish market, Tsukiji, Tokyo
These are empty boxes and used to contain some salmons. Salmon is very popular also in Japan and we eat raw and sliced one as sushi and the grilled salmon as breakfast, along with boiled rice and miso soup.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

An old bridge close to Imperial Palace

An old bridge close to Imperial Palace

Saturday, August 04, 2007

An Izakaya, a Japanese pub, in summer

An Izakaya, a Japanese pub, in summer

Friday, August 03, 2007

Tokyo Tower bound with wires, seen from between my legs

Tokyo Tower bound with wires, seen from between my legs
This photo is deliberately upside down and the scenery reminds me of the boyhood. When I was a boy, I sometimes used to like to see the scenery around me from between my legs and the way of seeing it made the ordinary scenery dramatically change.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Gari Gari kun, a brand of ice lolly

It was very humid today in Tokyo and the weather make me want to eat rather ice lollies than ice creams.

Gari Gari kun is one of very popular brands of ice lollies in Japan and I prefer the lolly.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Theme Day for the month of 1, August: Typical breakfast

I confess that it used to be hard for me to wake up in the morning. When I woke up late, I used to have such jelly breakfast. Only several tens of seconds are enough to have it, which seems to contain enough nutrition to start off the day.

Now such jellies are sold almost every convenience store and popular among business persons who wake up late and don't have enough time to have a breakfast slowly

To see what people in 100 cities around the world are enjoying for breakfast today, follow the links below.

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