日本での一年間

December 24, 2008

Going on a short trip

Filed under: Strange, Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 2:48 am

No more posts after this until the New Year because I’m going on a trip to Shanghai.

Here are some pictures from when I tried to go to the Bank of China to exchange money, only to find out, after wandering around lost for over an hour, that it wasn’t open and didn’t look like it would open…ever. Judging from the metal door anyway.

Bank of China - finally found it!...

Bank of China - finally found it!...

...but I guess Im not getting any money from them...

...but I guess I'm not getting any money from them...

December 22, 2008

Expensive Fruit

Filed under: seikatsu, Strange — myyearinjapan @ 3:53 pm

Fruit is expensive in Japan. But fruit meant to be given as presents are even more expensive.

780 yen (about $8) an appple!

780 yen (about $8) an appple!

close-up on the apple. Merry Christmas is written on it!

close-up on the apple. Merry Christmas is written on it!

1220 yen a watermelon.  (about $13)

1200 yen a watermelon. (about $13)

3,000 yen a melon. (about $34)

3,000 yen a melon. (about $34) But one of them is 30% off...

December 21, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen

Filed under: Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 11:13 am

I got a little taste of home when I visited the California Pizza Kitchen at Tokyo Dome. The prices are about double that of the California Pizza Kitchen I know from home though. Import are expensive. But it was still tasty!

CPK

CPK

My friends BLT pizza

My friend's BLT pizza. It doesn't look all that appetizing to me...

Familiar logo

Familiar logo

My favorite Pizza! Original BBQ Chicken!

My favorite Pizza! Original BBQ Chicken!

Karihuorunia Piza Kicchin

Karihuorunia Piza Kicchin

December 20, 2008

It’s Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 1:45 am

I went to Tokyo Dome again. (To see what I saw last time click here.) This time I went at night ands was able to enjoy the illuminations they had to celebrate the holidays.

Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland

Let it snow. Let in snow. Let it snow.

Let it snow. Let in snow. Let it snow.

Dance of the sugar plum fairy

Dance of the sugar plum fairy

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bell Rock

Its the most wonderful time of the year

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Rocking arond the christmas trees

Rocking around the Christmas trees

Silver bells

Silver bells

Im dreaming of a white christmas

I'm dreaming of a white christmas

December 19, 2008

Kit Kat Flavors 2

Filed under: Kit Kat Flavors, Strange — myyearinjapan @ 2:23 am

More kit kat flavors that can’t be found in most of the world. (click the link to see flavors that I posted before.)

Oshiruko (Japanese red bean soup) flavor

Oshiruko (Japanese red bean soup) flavor

For an explanation of oshiruko click here.

strawberry cheesecake flavor

strawberry cheesecake flavor

blueberry cheese cake flavor

blueberry cheese cake flavor

Cookie Kit Kats

Cookie Kit Kats

kinako (soybean powder) flavor

kinako (soybean powder) flavor

For an explanation of kinako click here.

apple flavor

apple flavor

tasty strawberry flavor

tasty strawberry flavor

I’m not saying this flavor is actually delicious. I have no idea about that. but ‘tasty’ is part of the name of the flavor.

Fall Colors on Campus

Filed under: school, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 1:48 am

Some pictures I took around campus when the leaves changed colors and as they were falling off the trees. Now most of the trees are bare, but it isn’t nearly cold enough for snow. Some days, watching the leaves fall here was like watching snow fall because so many leaves would come off at once.

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Students walk past trees in full fall foliage

Sun shining behind the trees

Sun shining behind the trees

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

Students enjoy lunch on a beautiful autumn day

The ground covered in yellow leaves

The ground covered in yellow leaves

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Looking up at the nice blue sky behind the trees

Some trees already slightly bare

Some trees already slightly bare

All yellow

All yellow

auditorium

auditorium

a path with some fall foliage

a path with some fall foliage and the library tower in the background

December 18, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 5)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 3:23 am

A few more pictures from my trip to see the fall foliage.

paying homage at a small shrine

paying homage at a small shrine

Peopl pay a small fee for this fortune paper that tells them their future luck and then they tie it to this rope.

People pay a small fee for this fortune paper that tells them their future luck and then they tie it to this rope.

another small shrine

another small shrine

beautiful fall colors

beautiful fall colors

tons of people!!!

tons of people!!!

The road at the bottom of the mountain

The road at the bottom of the mountain, lined with cute little shops

December 16, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 4)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 4:32 am

Some pictures from the descent down Mt. Takao when I went to view the fall colors.

Sing for Mt. Takao written in old style chinese characters

Sign for Mt. Takao written in old style Chinese characters

Crowds next to a shrine

Crowds next to a shrine

A man takes a break in front of a shrine

A man takes a break in front of a shrine

Looking out at the sky

Looking out at the sky

crazy crowds of people

crazy crowds of people

Shrine roof

Shrine roof

statues

statues

temple

temple

statue guarding the temple

statue guarding the temple

More people

More people

leaves peeking out from behind the temple

leaves peeking out from behind the temple

December 15, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 3)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 6:25 am

The following pictures were taken from near the peak of Mt. Tako.

Snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance

Snow-capped Mt. Fuji in the distance

Zoomed in to see Mt. Fuji

Zoomed in to see Mt. Fuji

Yet another view of Mt. Fuji

Yet another view of Mt. Fuji

the skinny trees on the top of the mountain

the skinny trees on the top of the mountain

smoky distant mountains

smoky distant mountains

Some other climbers. Lots of old people come out and stumble up the mountain with their walking sticks

Some other climbers. Lots of old people come out and stumble up the mountain with their walking sticks

While most trees were still green, these had already lost their leaves

While most trees were still green, these had already lost their leaves

December 14, 2008

Fall Colors at Mt. Takao (Part 2)

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places, Western Tokyo — myyearinjapan @ 11:41 pm

More pictures from my day trip to Mt. Takao to see the fall colors.

looking up at the still green trees

looking up at the still green trees

evergreens

evergreens

finally some color!

finally some color!

Momiji tree

Momiji tree

Peeking through the momiji leaves

Peeking through the momiji leaves

the red leaves against the blue sky

the red leaves against the blue sky

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