Friday, September 30, 2005

English School dinner in Kanazawa

kanazawa station, a very sterile environment.

komono and electronics

dinner: Eating the fish head was a first for me, strangely enough, this fish was first boiled, and cooked in a soy mirin sauce. i began to take the bones out and was harsly reprimanded, as since this fish was boiled, the `bones were soft` and could be eaten. They still didnt feel so good tho in my opinion.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

English Poetry

One of the assignments in the English classes here is to write poetry. I thought I`d share some of the better ones with you:

Never stop
Noisy, Cold, Rude,
Indeed the world

Rong ago,
Dog, bird, and monkiy
They became very happy

Three faces
Fine, Cloudy, rain,
Just like people`s expressions

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

a night out with the skyline

one more quick thing

Interesting website: it is kinda strange tho, everything is yellow for some reason, but useful, calculates the distance between any two cities in the world.

My current distance away from home in San Diego is:
Miles: 5391.63
Kilometers: 8676.75

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tokyo Part 2


Friday, September 23, 2005

Both this typhoon and I are on our ways to Tokyo

Thursday, September 22, 2005

kanazawa is bigger than you might think

uchinada by night

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Monday, September 19, 2005

Mos Burger

The japanese technical diagram for a "Freshu Burger" from the fast food chain Mos Burger, so this is why the hamburgers i get are always exactly the same.

Shinto shrines

As today is "Respect your Elders Day" here in fair japan and i had the day off work, i figured i take a walk around and take some pictures of one of the Shrines in Uchinada. Every town has at least one "jinja" or shinto shrines. Uchinada has 3 or 4 of them, and this is the one closest to my house. Many people stop by very quickly to pay their respects to the shrine and to ring the bell and burn a stick of incense.

This circular symbol is found all over the shrine, it also can be found all over the place here in Japan. Most of my japanese friends have small little good luck charms in their cars with this symbol to try and ward off bad luck and keep away accidents. Of course, no shrine would be complete without stone beasts and monoliths with hand-carved kanji, look at the very precise detail in the written prayers.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

sunset on the sea

Kanazawa Castle Moon Festival

Wasn't much going on there other than a small flute and traditional japanese singing concert. But this picture at least gives you some idea what the place looked like. The castle was destroyed something like 10 times, and they finally got tired of trying to rebuild it. Today, they've re-constructed only one part of the original castle, that's what the picture is of. I think this was only a wall of the castle when it was at it's peak. In WWII it was used as a military base, then after the war was part of Kanazawa University, but in the last 10 years it was convereted back to a park as part of Kanazawa's World city program i think. It's something like over 100 meters long, but

Saturday, September 17, 2005

elementary school visiting

Friday, September 16, 2005

In the Uchinada News