For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I guess you were a bit surprised to see the new theme. I decided to change it after 1 1/2 years on the Ocean Mist theme. This new theme, Pilcrow, is very customizable. It’s simple, I can change the background colour (or even use a background image), change the header image (as usual), and even have custom header images for different pages (which I will take advantage of). I think my background will match the header image for now. Lots of bamboo and green. I hope you like the way it looks!
Monthly Archives: November 2010
Around where I work, there are many ginkgo trees. They have distinctive fan-shaped leaves and a small fruit. The ginkgo nut is an expensive food to buy, but every autumn, after they fall to the ground, many people will gather them. They’re free ginkgo nuts! Unfortunately, whenever they fall on a sidewalk or street, many will be stepped on or driven on. Ginkgo nuts stink. They smell bad. But people seem to like eating them. This photo was taken today, showing the various autumn colours. Some trees are still green, but most have become yellow. All three of these trees are ginkgo trees.
This post has been added to a great new photo meme called “Show Me Japan,” hosted by the Japan blog Budget Trouble. Check it out!
I’ve been living in Kamakura for more than 4 years now, but in 2 weeks, I’ll be moving to the Shonandai area of Fujisawa. It’s not far from where I live now, but it’ll be a lot closer to where I work. I currently live in company housing, but will be moving to a very nice apartment. So, for the next 2 or 3 weeks, I’ll be busy packing and cleaning. Then, at the end of December, I’m going to Canada for a holiday. I intend to continue posting the Picture of the Week the entire time, though. If I can, I’ll post more, but I won’t guarantee it. But keep checking back! In the new year, I’m going to do some major work on transfering all my photos from my old computer to my current computer. This means I’ll have easier access to the many hundreds of photos I’ve taken up until the end of last year, and I can finally get some good work done on this blog. This is only the beginning!
Today, I went for a walk around the Tsujido station area in Fujisawa to get pictures for the Japan by Train series (still need to get that started). First of all, Tsujido is actually a pretty nice area. Lots of expensive houses, many small shrines and a couple nice temples. During my walk, there were two instances of friendliness I experienced when I was taking pictures of shrines. Both times, elementary school aged boys said hello to me (in Japanese), and I responded. They seemed like nice kids. Sometimes, while I’m out walking, a stranger will say hello to me, or even try to help me, assuming I’m lost. Of course, I’m not lost. GPS on my iPhone is a wonderful thing. I was also looking at a map, and an elderly man asked me if I needed help, but I said I was ok. It’s great to meet so many friendly people while walking.
The second big surprise was a clear view of Mt Fuji. I was at the station when I saw Mt Fuji, and I took a couple pictures. Enjoy!