A quick photo from California

We went back to the ancestral homeland (well, mine, anyway) for about 10 days of fun, burritos, and respite from Tokyo’s summer weather. Great times. Here’s the girl at China Camp, on the bay in Marin County. (Click through to see it on Flickr.)

Ise Shrine, Racism, and Reporting

The former president of Akafuku, a traditional Japanese confectioner that sells its goods in the Okage Yokochō shopping area adjacent to Ise Shrine, apparently doesn’t seem to want foreigners coming around the place. According to this article, Hamada Masutane stated at a November 26 forum held in the city of Tsu:  “I don’t want to […]

Rainbow in the sky

We took a trip to California this month to enjoy the cooler summer days the Bay Area has to offer (blankets when you sleep! long sleeves!) and visit Grandma and Grandpa. Got a portable whiteboard as a gift from Sakura’s cousins and put it to good use on the way back over the Pacific. Sakura: […]

Girl in the snow

Sakura slides Originally uploaded by Durf A quick, content-free post to stick this photo up on the site. I have a batch to go up on Flickr soon from our trip to Yuzawa a few weekends ago. Sakura’s first time in the real snow! She didn’t mind the chair-lift ride on my lap at all, […]

Subways of the world

Things I rode Originally uploaded by Durf There’s an interesting page that shows the subway networks of the world’s major cities, all at the same scale. These are the ones I’ve been on. Tokyo’s network is overwhelmingly packed with people and convenient, so it has a sprawling feel, but compare it to BART and you […]