Tokyo Era 2015

Tokyo Hair Flap

In March of 2015, 10 years after I returned to the US from Fukuma, I came back to Japan with my wife. While it wasn’t our final destination, we stayed in Tokyo for two months.

I’m more about photos than writing now, but it still seemed like it was a good opportunity to pick up the ol’ blog where I left off.

The Shape of Things to Come… [Pt 1 of 2]

We've been enjoying our time in Tokyo but next week it draws to a close. We kind of arrived in Japan a little early in terms of Mary's work, so being here has been an exercise in setting things up to move on to the next step. That next stage being, Sendai! We've gone...

Trinkets in Ueno

I took a brief stroll through the area around Ueno Station a few weeks ago. There was a hint of Spring about but it was still pretty brisk out.   Ueno is well known among other things for it's huge and amazing park, which has several temples and shrines, four...

Ikebukuro at Night

So apparently Ikebukuro is described as an 'entertainment district.' I'm not sure exactly what that means aside from the fact that there's a metric fuckton of restaurants around here, sprinkled with a healthy dose of Love Hotels for good measure. In any case, things...

Cats in Ikebukuro

Lots of cats roaming the streets around this neighborhood. As we consider our cat less of a pet and more of a member of the family, of course we brought her along with us to Japan. Most people are surprised to hear how well she handles travel. Even at the ripe old age...

A Little Late to the Hanami Party

I was still getting things up and running around the site when cherry trees started blooming and Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, swept through Tokyo. We were fortunate enough to meet up with a childhood friend of Mary's who lives here now with her family and we...

Welcome to Ikebukuro

Tokyo is effin big... yo. Interesting tidbit, of the 47 prefectures in Japan, Tokyo is unique in that it's the only one that's called a 'Municipal Prefecture.' Basically that means it's so goddamn big that they were like, "Screw it, there's no more room for anything...

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