Friday, 24 April 2015

Second class muse




A store in the very chic Omotesando district. Makes me laugh every time I pass in front of it.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Mito Kairakuen - Part 4: Queues





It's been more than a month since plum blossom, so let's wrap up Mito Kairakuen. Since this is Japan the garden comes with its shrine (you can see one of the tree shops in the background) and of course the shrine comes with its queue :-)
















Just beside the shrine, more food stands. Mito is famous for nattō, which there was plenty of.
(More natto images, just for fun…)





































One of the rare queues that wasn't about food. Waiting to get the chance to get your photo taken with the characters of Mito Kōmon, the longest standing Japanese TV drama in history.








While standing in line you can listen to the soundtrack of the series (yes it's coming out of that plastic "machine" inside that plastic bag) :-)) So much for Japanese high tech.














Of course we did it :-))


Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Mind your manners and cowgirls





The latest "Manners in the Metro" poster. What is she trying to do to those poor rams?  Those Tokyo Metro posters are getting weirder and weirder. Here is the whole series if you are interested:



KFC Sakura





Ueno park Hanami parties (cherry blossom viewing) six years ago.





Monday, 30 March 2015

Mito Kairakuen - Part 3: Bento, tea and flowers





Time to sit down and have lunch with this bento box bought at the entrance of the garden. It's going to be Gyudon (beef bowl) today.








A few meters away, free beverage. I say beverage because I don't know exactly what it was. I've had it before and I almost spat it out because I expected tea but it was more like a salty sour seaweed broth. Not fab.








The free green tea stand. Ah, that's much better, thanks!













Those babies have just been watered, and yaay, we've found the bonsai shop!







So beautiful and very hard to resist. Bao Zhen and I both adopted one of those. Well, one of those at the bottom of the stand, younger and cheaper.








This is Broken on his first day back home. The plum tree's branches are so fragile, I had no idea and was careless, I admit.
Broken did produce very beautiful and fragrant blossoms, though, and he's doing well. One month later and he now has a few more friends to share the balcony with. You can follow their progress here.













Another tree shop.




















See you in Part 4…

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

From Jimbocho With Love


Do you remember the post entitled Jimbocho - The catch of the day? This is Carina's take on it. I'm laughing uncontrollably now :-)))