Day to Day 一 Japan

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I’m little bit pissed off… I just wrote a very nice blog post and when I tried to publish it, I got an error and it disappeared !

Let’s start again..

Normally everyday I wake up about 4am-6am and fire up my macbook pro, ipad and other gadgets to do my stuff and since I wake up so early, I eat breakfast early as well like 5am-6am. In Aomori as in most of Japan the grocery stores have these awesome bakeries inside them. Depends on my mood but I buy something from the local bakeries daily.
Like these things.
Breakfast panBreakfast pan
I will try later to capture couple of shots at the small bakery I like so you can see all the other tasty goodies they have.

Couple of weeks ago we visited in this old traditional Japanese house here in Aomori.
That tatami floor get’s me every time ! it feels so goooood !
Traditional Japanese house
(Kitchen/dining area)
Traditional Japanese house
(Shower/bath area)
Traditional Japanese house
(Traditional Japanese Toilet)
Sometimes I have problems using the Japanese toilet but most of the time I can manage with it to do my business. I do prefer a western toilet or ToTo “robot” toilet even more.
Old Japanese roomTraditional Japanese house

What do we learn from this photograph?
Foreigner in Japan

Later I will make bigger posts about stores in japan but here are few little info messages.

Book-Off — Probably the second best place to buy DVDs and Manga in Japan
For used DVDs I prefer Tsutayas DVD selling area, it’s cheaper and usually better condition
For Manga I like Enterking and Mandarake more.
Book-Off sells a lot of stuff like:
-Manga/Magazines/books
-DVDs/VHS
-Games for consoles
-Phones/PSPs and other devices
-Gaming cards
and more
Book-off in Aomori

100 yen Shop — One of my personal favorite store in Japan
What ever you need they have it, very cheap and stuff you buy from there don’t break so fast as you might think.
as the name goes 100yen store it means that about 90% of things in this store costs 100yen
In Aomori and other “Country sides” the stores are much bigger and that includes the 100 yen store. One 100 yen store here in Aomori is the size of 4-6 normal size 100 yen stores in Tokyo for example.
100-yen shop DAISO in Aomori

Bought a ice cream on a hot day from Lawson, it was not that good but it said “NEW” and I’m a sucker for new things.
Orange ice cream (not good)

What do you learn from this photo?
Do not wear a jacket that says “Bad Man” in Japan or you get in trouble.
Stop the bad man !

One day my girlfriend wanted to visit a Apple factory in Hirosaki which was a very nice place. In there I saw this bond full of Koi (鯉) the Japanese fish that you can find in pretty much every park in Japan almost. This place was a bit special because you could actually feed the koi with the food you could buy at the reception of the cafe near by.

I bought couple of bags of them (50yen a bag) to play with the fish a bit.
Feeding Koi 青森の鯉
I wanted to try what happens if I throw all the fish food from one bag in at the same time, all the fish went crazy as I expected! I have a video of it and I will upload it to you tube when I get back to Tokyo.
Feeding Koi 青森の鯉Feeding Koi 青森の鯉
This is me feeding the koi
Feeding Koi 青森の鯉

Soon as we ran out of fish food we went inside to do some pottery. I made a cup ( at least I tried to make it look like a cup) and my girlfriend made an ashtray.
Pottery in JapanPottery in JapanPottery in Japan

If you follow my twitter or facebook page you might have seen a lot of photos of a cat called Chibi which means “small” in Japanese. She is 18 years old (human years), one of the cutest cats in the world.
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!
When I take her outside she goes crazy with all the grass and tries to eat all of it like this.
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!
One day when I was outside with her and it was time to go back inside, she pulled a cute but annoying stunt. She started laying down in the ground and not getting up.
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!
When she is not laying down on my chest she likes to sit near the window and watch outside.
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!
One last cute photo of her !
Journey of Chibi ちびちゃん!

In Japan you can see lots of interesting English everywhere. Sometimes the sentences don’t make any sense and other times you have to think a little.
Here are couple funny photos I found.
1st. Liquid – Like a hair … Liquid is a good name for a bar but my girlfriend said that the place was a hair saloon. That name for a hair saloon is just confusing.
2nd. don’t touch it… Why can’t I touch it !! I want to touch it ! what is it that I can’t touch!
English in JapanDon't Touch it !

Sometimes when we are bored at Hirosaki center, we go to this mall where we play this coin slot mario game. Excellent way to pass the time.
Mario coin slot game in Japan
You can play Mario game while dropping coins to the slots.
Mario coin slot game in Japan
Mario coin slot game in JapanMario coin slot game in Japan

Luckily Hirosaki center has Baskin Robins as well where we go from time to time to relax and eat some delicious ice creams. I usually have my shake because the Baskin robins shake is deeelicious !
My girlfriend usually has this one
Baskin Robins in Hirosaki, Japan
and I have the shake of course
Baskin Robins in Hirosaki, Japan
Baskin Robins in Hirosaki, JapanBaskin Robins in Hirosaki, Japan

Thank you for visiting my site again ! I’ll try to get more posts up here asp.
Our plan is to go to the city called Hakodate tomorrow that is located in Hokkaido but now a huge typhoon is closing in to this area and could be that our ship will not leave the harbor for safety reasons but we will see that tomorrow.

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My Sony in Kyoto

In the recent posts I only added photos that I took with my Nikon but in this one I will show you all kinds of photos that I just quickly took with my Sony pocket cam. Mostly photos of food we ate and so on ! I hope you like them and don’t become too hungry while watching the photos !

This is us leaving to the trip in the evening.
Ready for our trip to Kyoto !Ready for our trip to Kyoto !
I look so horrible in that photo !

The first and second High way stops we got off to stretch our legs, Very interesting places those highway stops !
Highway stop Tokyo-KyotoHighway stop Tokyo-Kyoto
Finally arrived to Kyoto at 5.30am
Arrived to Kyoto station

Our breakfast/lunch that morning
Japanese SaladBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグNormal morning set in Japan cafeBreakfast hotdog 朝食のホットドッグ
I had the Hotdog morning set and my girl had a normal bacon morning set ! found that small cafe by accident and it was sooo delicious !

I ate way too much of Macha icecream (green tea) in Kyoto ! I’m in love with it !
Green tea icecream 抹茶ソフト
While I was having my ice cream my girl was eating this delicious dish called Zenzai!
ぜんざい

Someday I want to try one of these over sized plates
Restaurant where everything is big

Had quite normal dinner as well since we were both tired after the first day and too bored to start searching a better restaurant.
Mix grill set (in Kyoto)Mix grill set (in Kyoto)

Here it is ! our room at the Ryokan we stayed at! We were there two nights, it was not bad at all considering it’s price which was about 6000yen a night and it had a goodish onsen downstairs and very close to the Kyoto station (about 3 min walk) ps. Sorry that it is quite messy ! was too lazy to clean for a quick photo.
Ryokan Kyoto 京都の旅館
Ryokan Kyoto 京都の旅館
This Fanta looked good at the store but when I tried it I was so disappointed
Delicious fanta.. NOT

Normal Morning McDonald meal (morning set)
Morning set at mcdonnalds

After the first Temple of the day I ate one of the best icecreams ever ! mixed with many Japanese flavors including Macha(green tea),Maron,other tea and vanilla.
Icecream mix , 四種のミックスソフト

Had a delicious late lunch the second day !
udon うどん湯葉丼抹茶パフェ Macha icecream抹茶パフェ Macha icecream抹茶パフェ Macha icecream
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Delicious it made me cry !

Quick hot dog at Kyoto station the third day
Hotdog at Kyoto stationHotdog at Kyoto station

My breakfast after climbing the fushimi inari shrine mountain
breakfast toast

Our dinner before the buss back to Tokyo at Kyoto station
Spaghetti スパゲッティSpaghetti スパゲッティ

Delicious icecream ! no idea where I ate it tho, Macha flavor of course
Green tea icecream 抹茶ソフト

My girls Takoyaki (octopus balls)
たこ焼き takoyakiたこ焼き takoyaki
(my cola)

and some of the souvenirs we bought at kyoto.
Souvenirs from KyotoSouvenirs from Kyoto

More to come…