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Earth Day

22 Apr

Today (April 22nd, 2014) is 「アース・デイ」 (“Earth Day”).  It is observed in many countries, including Japan.

This is the day set aside to remind us to protect the environment, not only on Earth Day, but always.

At the very least, we should remember the “3Rs”…reduce, reuse and recycle.

In honor of Earth Day, a website has been made by Google and Time Magazine that allows visitors to upload their photos of “My Beautiful Earth

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Click here to visit the “My Beautiful Earth” website.

New Year Fire Drill

5 Jan

Every year on January 6th, the Tokyo Fire Department has 出初式 (New Year Fire Drill).

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Tomorrow is 2014 January 6th, so it will take place tomorrow.

It’s a great event! You should see it if you have a chance!

I have been to this event a couple of times … I wrote a post with photos and video four years ago:

Click here to see it.

New Years Meal

1 Jan

In Japan, New Years means a big traditional meal with relatives!

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Plastic Food

1 Sep

Many restaurants in Japan have plastic displays of the menu items outside.

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Lun-chan

22 Jun

My pet turtle is getting big!

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So cute, isn’t she?

Wisteria Festival

2 May

Last weekend, we went to a 藤祭り (Wisteria Festival) in Tokyo.
藤 (Wisteria) is a type of flower that is purple and blooms around this time of year.

Here are some photos that I took:

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We also saw the new Tokyo Sky Duck bus.
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The Tokyo Sky Duck is a new bus service that just started in Tokyo last March.
It gives passengers a tour of Tokyo both by street…and then by river cruise because it’s both a bus and a boat!

Here is a video of the Tokyo Sky Duck bus getting into the river:

At the top of the world’s tallest tower

19 Jan

Yesterday I went up the Tokyo Sky Tree.

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634 meters tall … the tallest tower in the world!

First of all, the elevators move at 600 meters per minute! But they’re so smooth, I could hardly feel them move!

The sky was clear, blue and sunny … so I could clearly see Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Tower, Shinjuku, Tokyo Disneyland, the Tokyo Dome…all of Tokyo and beyond!

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The shadow of Tokyo Sky Tree

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Snowy Adults Day

14 Jan

Today is a holiday in Japan.
It’s 「成人の日」(“Coming of Age Day” or “Adults Day”).

In Japan,  twenty years old is the legal age of adulthood.
The drinking and voting age is 20 in Japan.

On the second Monday of January (today), twenty-year-olds in Japan dress in kimono and attend a special ceremony.

My oldest daughter will do it next year!
I can’t believe how fast they grow up!

Anyway, every winter in Tokyo it usually snows once or twice.
It’s snowing today!

The weather had been so nice everyday recently and then, on the day that so many people dressed up for a special day, the weather went downhill.

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I feel sorry for them!

I hope the weather is nice on this day next year and the following two years … for my daughters’ ceremonies!

Cats

11 Jan

Do you ever look at the “Huffington Post” website? I have their app on my smartphone. I like animals a lot … so I liked this slideshow of cats sleeping in funny positions that I found on their site: Click here to see it.

Then there’s “Maru”, the cute cat here in Japan that has become a bit of a YouTube celebrity:

OzzFest!

3 Nov

First of all, today is November 3rd…the Japanese holiday 「文化の日」(“Culture Day”).
If you went to the 浅草 (Asakusa) area of Tokyo today, you would have seen the interesting 「東京時代祭り」(“Tokyo-Era Festival”).

I’ve been to that festival a couple of times before. Click here to see the photos and videos I took of it in 2008.

Anyways, I found out yesterday that the godfathers of heavy metal, Black Sabbath will come to Japan in May 2013!

Ozzy Osbourne will bring his metal festival “OzzFest” to Japan for the first time!

Click here to visit the official OzzFest Japan website.

On Saturday, May 11th 2013, Slipknot will headline.
On Sunday, May 12th 2013, Black Sabbath will headline.

The venue will be the Makuhari Messe not far from Tokyo.