Friday, April 30, 2010

Atsuta Jingu Little Planet

Haiden (worship hall)
View Panorama

Ōkusu (1000 years old camphor tree)
View Panorama


"All female cats in this park have been sterilized."

Watch Your Head

It's even lower than what it warns people to watch.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nagoya Station

Went out for geocaching without loading GPS data. Had a short walk around Nagoya station instead.

A monk of Huke (fuke) sect of Zen Buddhism.

The creepy mascot for the 1300th anniversary of the Heijo-kyo capital in Nara.

Nagoya station has a large underground shopping mall. Half of the shops were closed due to holidays.

Kimono shop. Btw, we call these casual kimonos in this picture "yukata". Kimono usually refers to more formal attire. In general, yukata is made of cotton and lighter when kimono is made of silk and heavier.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Found famicom (Japanese name for NES, short for family computer) cartridges (we call them cassettes) at my parents' house.

Donkey Kong

Mario Bros.

Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. (maybe Tennis too) are my first NES cartridges back in 1983 or 1984 when I was a 4th grader. They had a very simple design back then.

Simple and fun.

Farmers riot (ikki) game. I believe this one was never released outside Japan.

Super Mario Bros.
I have no idea why I have two of them.

The Tower of Druaga
A legendary game from Namco.

The Tower of Babel
My favorite puzzle game. Move/drop/stack L shaped blocks to find an entrance to the higher floors.

Final Fantasy
The very first release of Final Fantasy series. It was considered as a fake Dragon Quest first but it didn't take time to get popularity. I liked it till the series 6.

Takeshi no Chousenjo
Known as the worst crappy game in Nintendo's history. I cannot explain how crappy it is. Most people came to know about this game because of its crappiness many years later but I'm proud I paid damn good money for it when it was released.

Dragon Quest IV
The 4th release of Dragon Quest series (released as Dragon Warrior in the US), the most popular game in Japan. Its charcter design is by Akira Toriyama, the Dragon Ball guy, throughout the serires.

My favorite shooter.

Dragon Buster
I picked it up just because it has a nice looking golden cartridge. Good game though.

I have no idea what happened to this guy. It looks like some soldering work on it. If my memory serves me correctly, it's Spartan X, a kung-fu game, though the drawing indicates some kind of shooter.

There should be more of these somewhere. I have to find them during holidays. Yes, we're in week-long national holidays from today.

Monday, April 26, 2010


This guy almost gave me an heart attack 10+ years ago. It was like 4am in a dark room when I stumbled upon him.


I didn't notice when I took this picture but he is from the 1000 yen bill.

Bum Houses

Japanese police officers are just a bunch of wimps. They don't want any trouble so they let them live there. I guess those bikes are illegally parked too.


Moyai at Shibuya station. Not "moai".

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Strolling in Koenji


Thousands of origami cranes. Each cluster has exactly one thousand of them. At Myoho-ji temple.

Johyatoh - Night Light

At Myoho-ji temple.