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Support the Local Stores - Imamiya

This is our local store "Imamiya", which is not as cheap as the local giant chain, but has a certain charm. It has been in business for quite a long time, but recently seems like it is a little bit run down. These places get driven out of business by the big guys, so I like to shop there when I can. Support your local store!
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Japanese Evacuation Centers are Well-Marked

Japan is obviously prone to earthquakes, so there are designated evacuation areas or "hinanjo" here and there, usually in parks or stadiums (stadia?). This one says it is down in the US Military Fukaya Communications Base "tsushintai" in Japanese under the words "EVACUATION AREA". If you live here, keep and eye out for these markers, because that is where most people will proceed in the event of a
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Aging Population in Japan Needs Drugstores

Japan's society is aging, so you see more and more pharmacies and drug stores popping up. This one is in Odoriba, near Totsuka Japan, and has the bases covered by selling typical household goods as well as pharmaceuticals. The colors struck me as I was walking by. Taken with a Nikon D90 and 60mm Micro Nikkor.
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Retro-looking Nissan Figaro, Gumisawa Totsuka Japan

This is a rather retro Nissan "Figaro", parked at its nest in Gumisawa Totsuka Japan. I saw it while cycling around, and compositionally liked the play of the sun below, and the angles of the ferro-concrete house. I took this shot with a Nikon D90, using the Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro.
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Kintaro-ame by anzyAprico on Flickr

This is typical Kintaro-ame next to kompeito. Originally uploaded to Flickr by anzyAprico
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"Kintaro Ame" Chopstick Stand at Robataya

Went to Robataya in Roppongi last night, and got this shot of some ceramic chopstick stands that look like "Kintaro-ame" candy. Kintaro's the guy on the right, and he is said to be Sakata no Kintoki, a Heian Period samurai. There is a traditional story about him that Japanese children learn, in which Kintaro, born with great strength, goes on to conquer a group of "oni" or demons. Kintaro-ame is a
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Kamogawa-kan - Beautiful Ryokan in Chiba

I took my family to Kamogawa-kan in Chiba for a couple days to relax in the onsen hotspring spa and sunbathe. Here's the brochure and general look of the place. All Cypress wood and quite beautiful inside. The below is a look at the front gate, and the menus for the kaiseki dinners (partial only). As well as a coaster with an artwork they own, of an "ama" diver gathering abalone, which was featured
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Brush Me Sign

This sign on a door says "brush me" or "touch me" - "furete kudasai". Little sensors near the sign on the door frame respond to your light touch, and the door opens. I must have some kind of special gaikokujin aura, because I can never get the things to work - I have to literally touch the sensor itself and not just the sign. The newfangled Japan Rail touchpads on the ticket machines don't work for
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Baru Tapas in Hiroo, Tokyo

Baru is a great Tapas place in Tokyo's Hiroo district between Tengenji and Platinum Street. Great Tapas and wine, and it is always packed with good-looking ladies (unless a certain Jason is there :). The master is a personable guy, who speaks a little English and a little Spanish. Go. You won't regret it.
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Jack, Anna, Phil and Rick Tour Kamakura

Jack, Anna (pictured), Phil and I tried our hand at "omikuji" at the big Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura. Omikuji are fortunes that you draw by shaking a box of numbered sticks, the number corresponding to a white piece of paper with the fortune written on it. You can pray to improve your fortunes by folding and tying the omikuji paper onto a contraption shrines have, with horizontal wires.
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Japan Post Office

Japan Post Office Originally uploaded by Rick Cogley A snap of the Japan Post Office logo, on our local post office's door. The sign you will see for the PO, or "yuubin kyoku" is a red T with two horizontal bars on the top. Lately, the PO has been marketing hard to better compete with private services - they have come round the office a couple of times to try to hawk their services. Much better
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Kodomo Hyakutouban no Ie - "Kids' Emergency House"

Neighborhoods in Japan have people join the "Kids' Emergency House" network, and affix these signs to their gates. If a child is in trouble, they are taught in school that they can go to a house designated this way, for help.
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Baru in Hiroo

Baru in Hiroo between Tengenji and Platinum Street. Great Tapas!
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Welcome to Snap:Japan

This is the first post on the Snap:Japan weblog. Welcome, and please come back to see snapshots of life in Japan. Warm regards,Rick
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