Uncommon House in Central Tokyo

Uncommon House in Central Tokyo
20+ years ago when I worked for LSI (Logic) our Tokyo office was in the heart of central Tokyo in an area called Akasaka. It was and is a very high-end area catering to business and politics. We were in the west wing of the Kokusai Shin Akasaka Building which is right on top of ...

Light Bar on Police Car

Light Bar on Police Car
This is something I have never seen before. It’s a light bar on top of a police car that extends upward for better visibility. I saw this in Ryogoku after a sumo tournament while I was walking back to the station.  Very clever, but I’m not sure how useful it might be.

100-yen Shop in Akihabara

100-yen Shop in Akihabara
Day 13 Post Note: This is from a series of trip reports from my January 2010 Tokyo Trip. They are random musings about whatever seems interesting for that day. On day 13, my getaway day, I left my bags at Keisei Nippori and headed to Akihabara for lunch and some final omiyage (souvenir) shopping. In ...

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi

Tonkatsu at Sueyoshi
Day 11 PostNote: This is from a series of trip reports from my January 2010 Tokyo Trip. They are random musings about whatever seems interesting for that day. Seems like an annual event now but on day 11 I went to Akasaka to visit my second favorite tonkatsu restaurant in the world (Katsuretsu-an being my ...

Osaka Castle Visit

Osaka Castle Visit
Day 7 Post Note: This is from a series of trip reports from my January 2010 Tokyo Trip. They are random musings about whatever seems interesting for that day. On Day 7 I visited Osaka Castle. I didn’t pay to go up to the top because I was told it’s a concrete replica and not ...

Fresh Wasabi 2

Fresh Wasabi
Most people have not seen fresh wasabi.  It costs about US$21/lb wholesale so it’s not cheap.   Here is a picture of some at the wholesale market in Tsukiji.

Amazing Stair Climbing Dolly 1

Amazing Stair Climbing Dolly
I was outside of Otsuki Station and saw one of the most interesting carrying devices I’ve ever seen anywhere.  This dolly can climb up and down stairs with large amounts of payload.  It certainly beats the heck out of hauling these boxes up and down stairs the old-fashioned way.

Mt. Fuji Pictures at 270 km/h

Mt. Fuji Pictures at 270 km/h
I was heading to Osaka in January 2009 on a beautiful clear day and took these pictures of Mt. Fuji.  It was truly fortunate to be traveling on such a clear day.

300 km/h Shinkansen Ride

300 km/h Shinkansen Ride
I shot a picture of my GPS while going from Hiroshima to Tokyo.     But, looking closer zoomed in, check out the maximum speed of 300 km/h.  

Takkyubin (Door-to-Door Courier Service) 2

Takkyubin (Door-to-Door Courier Service)
Everyone talks about using takkyubin and luggage forwarding.  It’s pretty straightforward to do this at the airport counter or from a hotel when the bell desk takes care of it for you, but most non-Japanese speaking people are probably intimidated by walking into a Yamato (Kuro-Neko/Black-Cat) depot with suitcases to be forwarded to your next ...