PS3 Gran Turismo Route 246 Course 2

PS3 Gran Turismo Route 246 Course
I became a fan of the Gran Turismo series of games over ten years ago on the original Sony Playstation.  It was and is pretty much the gold standard of how a console video game should play.  I became intrigued with one of the courses which is called Route 246 in the game and traverses ...

2009 Visit Shitamachi Museum

2009 Visit Shitamachi Museum
If you ever have a spare hour or so waiting for the Keisei Skyliner at Ueno you might check out the Shitamachi Museum.  It’s about one minute away from Keisei Ueno Station and has some interesting exhibits.  It’s probably not worth making a trip to Ueno to see but it is worth stopping by if ...

2009 Ivan Ramen Visit

2009 Ivan Ramen Visit
I visited Ivan Ramen for the third time in early 2009 along with a friend of mine from California.  Ivan was there and they had some slack time between rushes so we were able to chat, take pictures and he actually sold me an autographed copy of his book.  Another interesting article by ramentokyo gives ...

Osaka Ebisu-bashi Glico Man 2

Osaka Ebisu-bashi Glico Man
A friend of mine asked me to take a picture of the Glico Man in Osaka.  I was staying in Osaka and took pictures of this most famous symbol of Osaka.

2009 Himeji Castle Visit

2009 Himeji Castle Visit
I visited Himeji castle in early 2009.  The photo gallery is here.

Formula One Car at Toyota Amlux

Formula One Car at Toyota Amlux
I reserved a separate blog entry and gallery for the Formula One Car at Amlux in 2009.  It is a work of art, a masterpiece of engineering.  Here is the gallery.

Toyota Amlux Showroom

Toyota Amlux Showroom
I visited Toyota Amlux in Ikebukuro on a Saturday afternoon in early 2009.  This is by far the most extensive car showroom in the Tokyo area. It is amazing how many models Toyota manufactures.   The photo gallery is available for viewing.

Aizu-Wakamatsu Webcam 4

Aizu-Wakamatsu Webcam
The webcam located at JR Aizu-Wakamatsu Station is probably one of the most impressive examples of the Internet technology known as streaming video.  I had a spare morning and one last day on my JR Pass so I decided to go check out this camera.  My photos are in my gallery now.

Okonomiyaki Yatai at Ameyoko

Okonomiyaki Yatai at Ameyoko
I’ve been getting okonomiyaki from this guy at Ameyoko for many years.  He sets up in the late afternoon and makes a killing until he shuts down in the early evening.  My picture gallery of Ameyoko, mostly featuring this yatai is online now.   UPDATE:  Unfortunately, this yatai has been shutdown by the police.  This ...

Tetsudo Hakubutsukan (Saitama Railroad Museum)

Tetsudo Hakubutsukan (Saitama Railroad Museum)
I visited the Saitama Tetsudo Hakubutsukan in January.  It is a fantastic place for anyone who likes trains.  I recommend going on a weekday because it gets very crowded on weekends.