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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Cute Cat family at Asakusa

While we were walking to the Sakura hostel asakusa today, we saw this very cute family of kittens and since I am somewhat of a cat stalker I had to take few photos and video of them !
Cute cat family 猫家族

Here is the video of those cuties!

Cat cafe 猫カフェ

Yesterday once again we went to my favorite cat cafe at Shinjuku, this time I had my nikon with me so I got some excellent photos taken, also this time we bought the chicken that you can give to the cats so we were very popular with them.

Shinjuku is famous for it’s restaurants, bars and clubs but hidden behind the beautiful lights is a relaxing cat cafe called Calico!

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In there you can eat tasty dishes while watching cats sleep and play, you can drink beer and soft drinks and prices are not expensive at all.
1hour costs 1000yen
2hours costs 1500yen
plus if you want to be popular with the cats buy a small box of chicken with 300 yen and they will all come to you.
A little tip if you are going there, about 5pm is their feeding time so you don’t have to buy chicken 😀

When you go to cat cafe ( what to do)
1st.Take off your shoes and change for slippers
2nd.wash your hands with soap very well.
3rd.Dry your hands and put a bit of alcohol thingy to make your hands very clean.
4th.put that paper thing around your neck that shows what time you came in so you know when 1 hour is up ( you can stay as long as your wallet can handle it)
5th.Go in to the cat area and put your jacket and things to the locker
6th. go crazy with the cats 😀

I know you are waiting that I show you photos from there that will make you go “awwwwww”
Here we go!!!!

Cat cafe at Shinjuku
this next one is my favorite there. Always playing with him!
Cat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at Shinjuku
This guy thinks he is so cool!
Cat cafe at Shinjuku
I love it how they put their paw on your hand when you give em chicken
Cat cafe at Shinjuku
Cat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at Shinjuku

This Cat cafe has two areas upstairs and downstairs
Downstairs is a lot of manga (comics) to read and also a smoking room and “restaurant”
Upstairs is full of different things you can use to play with the cats. (you can also donate things there)
Cat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at Shinjuku

I still have much great photos from here and the other things we did this day that I will upload soon and also got photos from Tokyo motor show that I want to share with you and I climbed Mt.Takao few days ago too (been busy ehheh)
but here are few more photos ! see more at my flickr like always !
Cat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at ShinjukuCat cafe at Shinjuku

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2 Of the cutest Cats in Chiba !

And again is a time for Cat videos of Japan ! saw this cute cat when we were walking in chiba going to Costco!

She is so cute isn’t she ?!?!

This Cat is the one I see daily !