Big In Japan
Friday, November 30, 2007
  Gotta love the new departures board in CDG 2E

 
  there are millions photos that look a bit like this...

this one is somewhere near Kanda station

 
  The strawberry cake with its Totoro flag intact

 
  Banana split Ghibili style

Banana split Ghibili style, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Cake and Coffee at the Straw Hat, Ghibli Museum

..you are allowed take photos in the museum cafe, which is a brillant place where all the food looks like it just escaped from a cartoon by Miyazaki. And tastes good too.

 
  Museum Ghibli (w/ Totoro)

Museum Ghibli (w/ Totoro), originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Sadly, it is forbidden to take photos inside the Museum Ghibli at Mikata. Which is a big shame, cause there are some amazing things inside...

 
  Akihabara has loads of pretend electricals shops...

and still has plenty of places for wireheads to salivate

 
  Akihabara again

Akihabara again, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
  At the port of Kushiro* they are ready for anything

 
  I guess we call it an interpretive centre (mr shinoda took us here)

 
  Inside Kushiro watchtower

Inside Kushiro watchtower, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Kushiro national park from the watchtower

 
  Famed in song and story, Lake Akhan (with mountain)

 
Monday, November 26, 2007
  Mr Groove himself

Mr Groove himself, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Shinoda-san and Luke-san attempt to perform harmonies for the road

 
  the closer the grooves, the higher the note

 
  Mr Shizuo Shinoda inspects his work

 
  The lads at the Shibetsu Salmon Museum

 
  These tiny fish are sturgeon/shark hybrids...

26112007822, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

(obviously the aim is to make caviar that can defend itself...)

 
  Ainu Salmon-skin booties

originally uploaded by ..::w::...

The little fin left on one of the salmon skins used to make these boots is just priceless

 
  ANA's pokomon jet in New Chitose Airport

 
Sunday, November 25, 2007
  for the train that has it all....

25112007781, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  The Casseopeia, car 1, berth 1

24112007752, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  24112007755

24112007755, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  The Casseopeia at Ueno station, Tokyo

24112007775, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
Saturday, November 24, 2007
  chome wha?

chome wha?
Originally uploaded by ..::w::..
finding directions becomes a neigbourhood obsession in Nishi-ku, Osaka
 
Friday, November 23, 2007
  'ambergers Joel Robuchon-style

'ambergers Joel Robuchon-style, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Bento Box lunch

Bento Box lunch, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Asahi Braille

Asahi Braille, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Otaku schoolboy

Otaku schoolboy, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Nice Ryokan (Kan ka so)

Nice Ryokan (Kan ka so), originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Never get tired of the stuff

Never get tired of the stuff, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  (more acer)

(more acer), originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Acer, by any other name...

Acer, by any other name..., originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  The Great Buddha

The Great Buddha, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Todai-Ji's Daibutsu

Todai-Ji's Daibutsu, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
  20/11/2007, Ito-ya, Ginza

20/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Nestling there between Tiffany (eeeuch) and Chanel (eeeeeeuch) on the Giza dori is quite literarlly the greatest stationary shop in the world, Ito-ya. And when you've done the 9 floors of the main building, don't forget to do the annex...and the third annex with japanese papers is best of all

 
  19112007637 (Ito-ya, Ginza)

19112007637, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  19112007642 (Ito-ya, Ginza)

19112007642, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

mmmmm...

 
  Ito-ya, Ginza

19112007636, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

...did i mention that Ito-ya is quite literally the greatest paper shop in the world

 
  19112007645

19112007645, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Ito-yaaaaaaa!!

 
  d.v.d.

drumboy1, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

new interfaces everywhere - at ripponghi crossing exhibition, the d.v.d. people have a game where the actions are controlled by playing the drums

 
  20/11/2007

20/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

books! gorgeous...i wonder what they are about?

 
  night in neo-tokyo

nightcity2, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

accidentally using the lores setting doesn't really spoil the pic

 
  The Fridge at 302, Ropponghi Cribs III

thefridge, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

nice!

 
  Ropponghi Hills

coloursSeatsRopponghi, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

If must sit on the 73 floor, make sure its on a glowing transparent pouffe

 
  dervzilla over Tokyo

dervzillaB, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

munchmuchmunch

 
Sunday, November 18, 2007
  18/11/2007

20/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

the red zoo man turned out to be much less weird than the chocoknife man, which make sense.

 
  18/11/2007

20/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Design Festa Tokyo...it's that chocoknife guy - "slogan eat up your chocolate before you can't"...another budding brand at the Design Festa

 
Saturday, November 17, 2007
  17/11/2007

20/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

prototype phone at KDDI Design Centre

 
  17112007586

17112007586, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Inside the gundam, network

 
  17112007584

17112007584, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Smoking area by Shibuya station

 
  NipponZeppelin

NipponZeppelin, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

they've started commercial sightseeing tours of Tokyo in an airship...it is the size of a jumbo jet and just happened to drift by when we were sitting on the sevetysomethingth floor of the Ropponghi Hills building...

 
  16/11/2007

16/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

formation swimming red bean paste pancake fish

 
  16/11/2007

16/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

a whole shoal of red bean paste pancake fish

 
  16/11/2007

16/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

the nice woman who makes sweet red bean paste pancakes

 
Friday, November 16, 2007
  DogmanDogparlour

DogmanDogparlour, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  pingpingboing

Masayasu Tzboguchi Trio +2 in full effect
 
  Masayasu Tzboguchi's support band...


originally uploaded by ..::w::...

...who seemed to be called "Group"

 
  superdeluxey wiring

superdeluxey wiring, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

 
  Masayasu Tzboguchi Trio + 2 Live @ Super-deluxe, tokyo

 
  Masayasu Tzboguchi Trio + 2 Live @ Super-deluxe, tokyo (and the vibes girl was part of the +2, so we never did get her name. good though)

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

hospital, Meguro

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Hospitality

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

its a phone company, by the way, not a bank at all...

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

superderv, often mistaken for a native due to her constant use of her mobile

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

fish-shaped pancake stuffed with sweet red bean paste. And tasty too.

 
Thursday, November 15, 2007
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

Clask rubber lettering

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

In Japan, magenta is a primary colour...

 
  15/11/2007

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

what are they selling? balloons? space craft?

 
  tokyo metro. still no worries.

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

that makes everything clearer

 
  tokyo metro. no worries.

15/11/2007, originally uploaded by ..::w::...

you see, it's all much easier that you might expect. Just follow the green line. or the yellow one maybe

 
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
  Big In Japan
I often find that Ireland can be, you know, pretty small. And i don't mean any variation on small minded, though, on occasions, that's also true. And of me. But what im talking about is more like, y'know, that the place is not long enough; and indeed, not wide enough, just doesn't quite fit. I'm guessing Japan has the same issue in spades. So, im off to find out...so don't expect any theatre reviews or interviews or any of that stuff here. But maybe some nice snaps of cultural disorientation in full colour. And lots of squeezing in.
 
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Name: Luke Clancy
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