Thursday, June 30, 2011

Delayed again

Due to a lot of work and not enough time, this weekend Show Me Japan will be open for entries from Friday evening to Monday evening (Japan time).

I apologize for any inconvenience.


急なヤボ用が入ってしまったため、今週のShow Me Japanは日本時間金曜夕方からエントリーを開始し、月曜午後に締め切ります。
突然の変更ごめんなさい。

Friday, June 24, 2011

Show Me Japan Vol 1 Issue 31

IMPORTANT: Please enter a link to a specific post on your blog, not a general link to your entire blog/website. Thank you!



Welcome to the 31st edition of Show Me Japan. 第31回 Show Me Japan へようこそ。

You can see previous editions here. 前回の”Show Me Japan” エントリーはここです。

FAQ page in English and Japanese is here. 英語と日本語のFAQはここにありますので、初めて参加される方は目を通して頂けると幸いです。

Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants. 前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

The widget to enter your links is at the end of this post – below the photos. ”Show Me Japan”にエントリーする際のリンクを貼るウィジェットはこの記事の一番下にあります。

 As always - click on the photos to be taken to the participants' blogs.
参加者が撮影した写真をクリックすると、参加者のブログへ飛びます。


 From Anzu



From As I See Japan... From L.A.



From Seoul Man in Tokyo


From Lina



From Loco in Yokohama.





If you participate in Show Me Japan, please be so kind and include a link back to this blog in your post. エントリーしたポスト中で “Show Me Japan”のリンクを貼り忘れてないか確かめて頂けると幸いです。バッジに “Show Me Japan”のリンクを加えて頂ければ至極幸いここ極まれりです。


Thank you for participating and have a wonderful weekend.
それでは参加者の皆さん、よい週末を。




And now it's your turn!!!






Show Me Japan Participants

1. lina
2. TSOJ
3. misadventures with miso
4. Jon (Toshogu)
5. loco
6. kirsten
7. Mullenkedheim
8. Rekishi no Tabi
9. Haikugirl
10. bartman
11. Kyushudan
12. David
13. cocomino
14. sixmats
15. David LaSpina
16. Laura (tokyololas)
17. Jay Dee in Japan
18. Spam From Japan
19. kirsten
20. Spam From Japan
21. Fernando Ramos
22. LifeyouTV


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Trip to Aizu Wakamatsu in Fukushima - part 2

Yes, better late than never. Part 1 of our Aizu Wakamatsu trip report is here.


During Golden Week we decided to visit the Aizu castle for the second time. Why? To see the cherries in full bloom. The weather was nice in Tochigi and the forecast said it was going to be nice in Fukushima as well. It wasn't. The sky was dark and gray and it looked like it was about to start raining any minute.

But that didn't matter one bit to the people who were busy hanami'ing around the castle.



I know there are foreigners living in Aizu Wakamatsu, but that day I saw only one gaijin there and he was just leaving. Therefore, yours truly was a very popular girl that day. Random people thanked me for coming to Fukushima, asked for photos with me, invited me to have drinks with them. If I had known it was going to be like that, I would have put on some makeup or something. But no, my face was paint-free and my hair was greasy, messy and unwashed (my dislike of washing my hair is legendary, "you and Kurt Cobain" as my husband usually says).

Maybe I should do what this girl did? Just a thought:



Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, Aizu Wakamatsu. I love that town. If not for this soon-to-be-moved-in-brand-new house in Tochigi, I'd pack up and settle in Fukushima in a heartbeat.



Needless to say, I'm a big fan of akabeko (Aizu red cow) and our cats love it, too. We even have an akabeko at home, though it's already missing a tail. The cats say it was delicious.


What's the deal with the red roof? Based on the records from the Edo period, that was the original color of the roof and that's how the castle people want to keep it.

Just when we were about to give up and leave, the sun suddenly came out.


The sky was blue for maybe 5 minutes before it started to rain...

We didn't go inside this time around, we visited the museum during our first visit. The ticket girl was dressed in period costume.



So was the tour guide:


I can't wait to return to Fukushima. For my next trip I'd like to take the third sector train from Kinugawa and stop at different onsen villages along the way. That's my summer vacation plan.

But in the meantime, here's a video of Aizu hanami:





And this is my very own entry for this week's Show Me Japan!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Show Me Japan Vol 1 Issue 30

IMPORTANT: Please enter a link to a specific post on your blog, not a general link to your entire blog/website. Thank you!



Welcome to the 30th edition of Show Me Japan. 第30回 Show Me Japan へようこそ。

You can see previous editions here. 前回の”Show Me Japan” エントリーはここです。

FAQ page in English and Japanese is here. 英語と日本語のFAQはここにありますので、初めて参加される方は目を通して頂けると幸いです。

Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants. 前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

The widget to enter your links is at the end of this post – below the photos. ”Show Me Japan”にエントリーする際のリンクを貼るウィジェットはこの記事の一番下にあります。

 As always - click on the photos to be taken to the participants' blogs.
参加者が撮影した写真をクリックすると、参加者のブログへ飛びます。



From Haikugirl



From sixmats



From Kathryn



From Japanese Castle Explorer



From Misadventures With Miso




If you participate in Show Me Japan, please be so kind and include a link back to this blog in your post. エントリーしたポスト中で “Show Me Japan”のリンクを貼り忘れてないか確かめて頂けると幸いです。バッジに “Show Me Japan”のリンクを加えて頂ければ至極幸いここ極まれりです。


Thank you for participating and have a wonderful weekend.
それでは参加者の皆さん、よい週末を。




And now it's your turn!!!






Show Me Japan Participants

1. misadventures with miso
2. Jon (Toshogu)
3. jjwalsh
4. Loco
5. Jon Allen
6. Kyushudan
7. Rekishi no Tabi
8. lina
9. TSOJ
10. LifeyouTV
11. Expatria Baby
12. Mullenkedheim
13. Haikugirl
14. Anzu
15. bartman
16. cocomino
17. David LaSpina
18. sixmats
19. Nobu
20. Haikugirl
21. YOUSUKE
22. Jay Dee in Japan
23. Anna
24. Ichigoichielove

Friday, June 10, 2011

Show Me Japan Vol 1 Issue 29

IMPORTANT: Please enter a link to a specific post on your blog, not a general link to your entire blog/website. Thank you!

Because this edition has been delayed, it will close on Monday at 9:30PM.


Welcome to the 29th edition of Show Me Japan. 第29回 Show Me Japan へようこそ。

You can see previous editions here. 前回の”Show Me Japan” エントリーはここです。

FAQ page in English and Japanese is here. 英語と日本語のFAQはここにありますので、初めて参加される方は目を通して頂けると幸いです。

Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants. 前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

The widget to enter your links is at the end of this post – below the photos. ”Show Me Japan”にエントリーする際のリンクを貼るウィジェットはこの記事の一番下にあります。


 Click on the image to visit Kirsten's blog.



Click on the image to visit LifeYouTV's blog.



Click on the image to visit Nobu's blog.


Click on the image to visit David's blog.



To visit Three Steps Over Japan's blog, click on the image above...



 And now, for a very special cat update:



Untitled from HBB on Vimeo.

From Bad Boy in Japan...


And another one, this time from Birdmini and his friend:





If you participate in Show Me Japan, please be so kind and include a link back to this blog in your post. エントリーしたポスト中で “Show Me Japan”のリンクを貼り忘れてないか確かめて頂けると幸いです。バッジに “Show Me Japan”のリンクを加えて頂ければ至極幸いここ極まれりです。


Thank you for participating and have a wonderful weekend.
それでは参加者の皆さん、よい週末を。




And now it's your turn!!!






Show Me Japan Participants

1. Rekishi no Tabi
2. Kyushudan
3. LifeyouTV
4. YOUSUKE
5. TSOJ
6. Contamination
7. Mullenkedheim
8. We♥Kansai
9. Kathryn
10. bartman
11. misadventures with miso
12. Haikugirl
13. Loco
14. Nobu
15. Rafal
16. Expatria Baby
17. David LaSpina
18. Badboy
19. sixmats
20. Ichigoichielove
21. Jay Dee in Japan
22. Yoshi
23. kirsten
24. Jon

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Delay

Due to a lot of work and not enough time, this weekend Show Me Japan will be open for entries from Friday evening to Monday evening (Japan time).

I apologize for any inconvenience.


急なヤボ用が入ってしまったため、今週のShow Me Japanは日本時間金曜夕方からエントリーを開始し、月曜午後に締め切ります。
突然の変更ごめんなさい。

Friday, June 3, 2011

Show Me Japan Vol 1 Issue 28

IMPORTANT: Please enter a link to a specific post on your blog, not a general link to your entire blog/website. Thank you!


Welcome to the 28th edition of Show Me Japan. 第28回 Show Me Japan へようこそ。

You can see previous editions here. 前回の”Show Me Japan” エントリーはここです。

FAQ page in English and Japanese is here. 英語と日本語のFAQはここにありますので、初めて参加される方は目を通して頂けると幸いです。

Below is a random selection of photos from last week’s participants. 前回の参加者中からランダムに選んだ写真を以下に紹介します。

The widget to enter your links is at the end of this post – below the photos. ”Show Me Japan”にエントリーする際のリンクを貼るウィジェットはこの記事の一番下にあります。


To see Fernando's flickr awesomeness, click on the photo above.



Because we love cats... To visit Birdmini's blog, click on the photo above.



Mullenkedheim is waiting for you to find out more about his favorite giant trees. Go ahead, click on the photo above, I dare you!



Surviving in Japan has a photo version. What, you didn't know? Click on the you-know-what to be magically taken there.


To see what Ichigoichielove has been up to, click on the... who the hell knows what they are...





If you participate in Show Me Japan, please be so kind and include a link back to this blog in your post. エントリーしたポスト中で “Show Me Japan”のリンクを貼り忘れてないか確かめて頂けると幸いです。バッジに “Show Me Japan”のリンクを加えて頂ければ至極幸いここ極まれりです。


Thank you for participating and have a wonderful weekend.
それでは参加者の皆さん、よい週末を。




And now it's your turn!!!







Show Me Japan Participants

1. Loco
2. We♥Kansai
3. Anti-Japan?
4. Contamination
5. misadventures with miso
6. Jon (Toshogu)
7. Rekishi no Tabi
8. YOUSUKE
9. lina
10. Expatria Baby
11. Mullenkedheim
12. sixmats
13. Haikugirl
14. David LaSpina
15. Spooning with a Schoolboy
16. LifeyouTV
17. David
18. Nobu
19. TSOJ
20. cocomino
21. birdmini
22. bartman
23. Jay Dee in Japan
24. Ichigoichielove
25. Spam From Japan
26. Yoshi
27. goodandbadjapan
28. kirsten
29. Rafal
30. Laura (tokyololas)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

No tattoos

Or rather, No! Tatoo, as the sign says.



We had a field trip to the "famous" Tobu Zoo today. I'm not a fan of zoos, so it wasn't a particularly exciting occasion for me. And trust me, that zoo is definitely NOT worth the trip. Bleh...

But the warning sign at the entrance to the Super Pool got me thinking. I understand the no tattoos rule. Or rather, the No! Tatoo rule. But decals? That is just stupid. What if a five year old had a decal on his hand? No entry?

And what about henna wedding designs? No entry? And what about permanently tattooed eyebrows, eye- and lip-lines? No entry?



Yeah, my feelings exactly.