I was walking to a local takeout store for dinner tonight when I saw something flying across the sky. It was very bright and moving quite quickly. It seemed to be moving faster than a low-flying jet, but I couldn't hear anything. There's an American air base near where I live, but it was going the wrong direction. The base is to the north, not the northwest.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a public washroom in a public park in Japan, then you’ll understand these pictures.
Some public washrooms in Japan are so public that anyone could walk by and see you taking a pee.
If you want to know something even worse, try using the public washroom at Kinomiya Station in Atami. It’s unisex. One wall has many urinals, while on the opposite wall are toilet stalls. Men and women both use this washroom. Also, the doorways are so big that the entire inside of the washroom is visible from the ticket gates for the station. Anyone can see the men taking a pee.
Also, you may be surprised when in the public men’s washroom anywhere in Japan when a female cleaner comes in without making sure it’s empty. And it seems no one cares if she’s in there, either.
How would you feel in this situation?
When I started this blog in 2009, I intended it to be a way to save my photos online. I haven’t even done 10% of my photos, and I haven’t been very active recently on this blog. I have, however, been very active on a couple other photo blogs. I’ve mentioned them before, but I’d like to mention them again.
On Mainichi Dokodemo Photography, I post photos that I take wherever I am, and usually once a day. I may do more, or I may miss a day once in a while, but I fairly consistently post a photo every day. Recently are photos from the coast of Kamakura with some amazing views of Enoshima. I highly recommend you follow that blog.
On 365 Rotations, I’m conducting an experiment where I take a photo from 3 locations every day and post them. I also do a weekly photo from 6 other locations. Now, this is a limited time project, where I’m only posting photos for 1 year. I’m 2 months away from finishing, but when I finish, I will compile all the photos into galleries, and hopefully as time lapse videos so you can see how each view changes over the year. I started it in February this year, and then got to see the cherry trees bloom, everything turn green, and now all the leaves are changing colour. What I’m hoping for this winter are some snow pictures. But check it out and follow!
As for this blog, I have gotten back into doing Japan by Train, and I will return to doing the Exploring Japan series. Things have become quite hectic for me, and I’ve been focusing on my book recently. Please check out I Read Encylopedias for Fun, my main writing blog. I have been posting there every day this month, and I plan to continue posting up to 7 days a week (or at least 5 days a week) from now on.
As I said earlier, I was restarting Japan by Train this month, and I finally did today. I took my daughter walking around the Mutsuainichidaimae Station neighbourhood, and it felt great. I was able to recapture the feeling I had whenever I went exploring new places, and I found a couple of really nice places. One was a temple, the other was a shrine. I’m a bit tired, as we walked for 4 hours, and probably around 10-15 km. But you know, it doesn’t matter that I’m tired. What matters is that I was able to feel peaceful the entire time. I’m definitely doing more.
Exploring Japan will also be returning soon with Niigata prefecture.
Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist is part memoir, part social commentary written by fellow Japan resident Baye McNeil. He talks about his experiences ranging from his childhood in New York, his time in the Army, and teaching English in Japan. But throughout this book, there is one common theme: racism.
He starts the book off with something most foreigners in Japan experience, the empty seat on a train.
This is just a quick note to those of you who are wondering where Niigata is. It’s coming. I’m not on hiatus. I’ve just been busy in some other areas recently, and it will be coming along. I’ve decided not to focus on a weekly deadline for this, as sometimes I do get busy. I have some other blogs that I’m currently working on, especially I Read Encyclopedias for Fun, which I recommend you follow if you like books, and I’m also working on my own book, so go follow my official author page here.
In addition to the Exploring Japan posts, I want to get back to doing more photo posts. That’s why I started this blog, for my photos. I need to get back to my roots. That will all be coming soon.
Ever since my daughter was born, I haven’t had much time to go out and see things. In fact, I haven’t been able to do this since my wife was pregnant. And lately, I’ve been feeling this itch to get out and explore. The way things are right now, Japan just doesn’t feel like Japan. It doesn’t feel like what I came here to see. Everything is routine, work, family, sleep. That’s going to change.
Starting in October, I’m going to resume exploring areas around train stations. However, I’ll be bringing my daughter with me. I’ll be adding playgrounds to as places to see. Japan by Train will be returning, even though I have yet to make a single blog post for it. Unfortunately, many of the earlier explorations may have been lost due to a Blue Screen of Death on my old computer where I have all those photos stored. I may be able to recover them, as it’s just my system32 directory that’s corrupt. My current Exploring Japan may also not be done every week, as I always work on it on Thursdays, and that’s the day I’d be out exploring. But it’ll be finished early next year anyway.
I’m feeling pretty motivated to do this, and it’ll be great for some father-daughter bonding, as well.