November 20, 2017 – February 16, 2018
The parks and shrines were so beautiful. This tree was carefully propped up.
Inside the Kyushu National Museum. It was a great day with Sarah, my friend and her family.
Kyushu National Museum, where we saw a beautiful calligraphy exhibit with my friend from Kagoshima.
Walking up the shrine.
Lining up to pet the bull statue for good luck.
Small walking street near the Dazaifu Shrine.
Neighborhood Association poster.
Temple, right downtown.
Another photo from a walk.
Little tent restaurants, a popular place for a meal on the way home from a long day at the office.
Cosplay stores in the downtown fashion malls.
Alleys in our neighborhood.
A well-used running route along the canal, with a woman feeding birds in the background.
I think these barricades are One Piece, a popular anime show.
Art supplies. So many beautiful pigments.
More beautiful canals on our favourite walking route.
Reminds me of Spirited Away.
More beautiful torii gates.
With our friend at the Dazaifu Shrine.
Super Cookie Land. A popular Japanese comedian. People were lined up for the exhibit.
Buildings with graffiti downtown.
Sarah perusing one of many stores.
One of several hot/cold beverage vending machines right outside our apartment, so convenient!
Heading downtown, beautiful canals.
The streets remind me of Vancouver.
View of the barbershop across the street from our Airbnb.
The dark spots are fish in the canal.
More Cosmos excitement.
Inside Cosmos there are three friendly cats.
The town becomes so beautiful in the snow.
Snow day at the train station. Nothing stops the trains though.
The small village we stayed in near Ogawa.
View from hill behind our cabin overlooking the village.
Nearby Honda factory.
Our daily walking route.
Kept pigeons at a house.
Typical Ogawa house.
Abandoned creepy house.
Old Gashapon machines.
By the river, downtown Ogawa.
Cosmos, our favourite cafe.
Arriving in Ogawa-machi.
The cabin seemed very well built.
Super Famicom – the attention to detail on these little guys is astounding. I picked up two Gashapon and then the Super Scope and Mariopaint set separately for 700 yen.
The whole Ojisan Zukan gang enjoying the morning sunlight.
Tough day for Ojisan Zukan.
Ojisan capsule toy machine in Akihabara.
View from a Kawasaki hilltop on one of many morning walks.
Quiet bamboo forest behind our Kawasaki apartment.
Walking through Akihabara, Tokyo.
Public playground near our Yokohama apartment, it was hard to break Sarah away
Our second Yokohama apartment. In a quiet residential neighborhood. Mt. Fuji is visible on horizon
Harajuku entertainers. Harajuku is known for youth fashion
Yokohama, with our Airbnb host
Downtown Yokohama by the piers
Lineup for photos
View from our Yokohama apartment rooftop
Sarah in our Yokohama apartment
This is our Yokohama apartment, one of the nicest places we have stayed yet
Shibuya, Tokyo alley with variety shops
Harmonia alley in Tokyo’s Kichijoji neighborhood. Lots of small pubs and eateries
Tokyo Ginza neighborhood
Conveyor built sushi
Packages left in public, very safe!
View from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Cantaloupes for sale, some are a couple hundred dollars each
Stairways in malls sometimes have calorie counters
Akihabara neighborhood, our favorite Tokyo neighborhood. We spent a lot of time there
VW bus driving Tokyo
Harajuku is known for its crepes
Decorated for Christmas in Kawasaki
Our Kawasaki apartment building
Kawasaki neighborhood (just west of Tokyo)
Tokyo Imperial palace
Sarah checking out the fruit
Cat sculpture downtown in Ginza
Arcade machine in alley (Akihabara neighborhood)
Setup for Christmas dinner
Our KFC Christmas barrel
Lineup for KFC Christmas dinner pick-up in Kawasaki.
And a capsule hotel
Sarah in her element
With a manga reading room
Yes they are
Video game-themed convenience store
Very special lobster
Star Wars comes to Japan
The deer of Nara
Kyoto Police mascot
1-foot thick subway door, maybe for floods?
Small bar with video games
Real-life Mario Karters
Baseball by the bridge
Extra counter space: floor
Beer vending machine
Back home from a hard day. Ojisan Zukan will miss Osaka.
Daily Kindergartners stroll past our window
Airport robot greeting
Cat rocks…of course
Polly, our house plant. We had to leave her behind (right side)
No shrine is complete without – capsule toys!
Perfect parking #2
Toilets with faucets
$130 fruit basket
Even the corporations are cute
German Christmas Market
So pretty (intricate miniature food models)
Capsule toy – for cats
Lots of capsule toys
Protect clothes in changing room
Bathroom stall noise generator
I want four of these
Cleanest train station bathrooms
Shoe cleanser for entering airport
We were interviewed by these two for a Tokyo morning show. They asked questions around why we liked Japan and Osaka.
One of the capsule toys. This is a fellow from the anime movie “Your Name.”
World famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.
Thousands of Torii gates line the shrine’s paths.
Train workers riding the local train.
Night walk along the downtown Osaka canals. This is the very lively Dotonbori neighborhood.
Sarah and I are suffering a capsule toy addiction.
The trains are quiet, clean and, naturally, colour matched.
Our Nanjing hostel’s backyard. We spent two nights here as we passed through China.
Cute traffic signs in Kyoto.
Beautiful Kyoto is about an hour’s train ride away.
North of us is Minoo Park. There are monkeys, but unfortunately we didn’t see them.
So much attention to details. Cute (kawaii)!
Numerous running, biking and walking paths in our neighborhood go along the canals.
We walk this way to the local supermarket. The streets are so clean and quiet.
Our Osaka apartment. It’s very small. The top bunk bed is motorized to provide more space.
Our apartment building in Northern Osaka. We are on the second floor with a river view. $30 Canadian a night!