Tokyo 2009 – Top Hotels 3

Update: A 2010 version is here. The 2009 Tokyo Michelin Guide has hotel ratings.   I am a little surprised that the Imperial, Strings and Cerulean Tower are in the 4th group, ranked pretty far down the list.  I think the Okura is exactly where it should be, the top of the second group and I ...

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 Visit to Kappabashi

2009 Visit to Kappabashi
My cousins asked me to pickup some kitchenware while I was in Japan.  What better place to go but Kappabashi.  Famous for the plastic food displayed at restaurants but the principal items for sale are anything to do with cooking, restaurant supplies and kitchware.  Pictures are here.

2009 Visit to Kawasaki 2

2009 Visit to Kawasaki
I went to the Costco in Kawasaki and took some pictures along the way.  Interestingly enough, the main fire station next door to the Costco was having some fire rescue drills when I arrived.

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 Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome Visit

2009 Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome Visit
I visited the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.  It is a very solemn place to visit and I took many pictures.

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.