日本での一年間

May 17, 2011

Sanouji, a Japan top 100 Terraced-Rice Field

I apologize for the delay in new posts, but I am back from my travels and have many more pictures to post in the coming weeks. I went to Hong Kong and Thailand during my 2 week trip. But I have yet to sort through those photos, so for now I will keep posting some pictures taken in Japan before my trip.

Not too far from the Japan top 100 pond from my previous post, is another Japan top 100, a top 100 terraced-rice field (棚田日本100選). When I visited, it was still barely spring and the lush green that I could probably see in the summer time was still a lazy brown. But it was still very…terraced. I can see why it’s in the top 100!

Several levels of the terraced rice field

These rice field levels are all smushed together

This tree was blooming by the rice fields.

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April 23, 2011

Signs

Japan has a tendency to make everything cute. From No Smoking signs to manhole covers, the most mundane things are overly adorable. I have posted many other sign pictures on here before, including the beware of bear sign, the sign asking you to prevent forest fires, the water system mascot sign (at the bottom of the page in the link), and this sign proclaiming Toyooka to be a town of bags. Here’s some more fun signs!

This sign says Kids House No. 110. Its a government program to help keep kids safe. People in the community volunteer to have this sign posted outside their house, or put a sticker in the window. Homes displaying the No. 110 emblem are supposed to be safe havens for kids to go to when they are in trouble.

Mr. Cool Frog says, "Dont toss trash into the river! The river is for everyone and we should all protect it together."

At the construction site, the sign politely bows to me to apologize for any inconvenience.

Isnt this manhole a bit too cute? It has characters from the Yamata no Orochi legend, in which the god Susano slays the great Orochi serpent.

On a train with no glass windows, a sign telling everyone not to stick out their hands or head because its dangerous.

April 18, 2011

No Shopkeeper Used Car Dealership

Going along with the store-without-people idea that I wrote about yesterday, today I have some pictures of a little car dealership not too far from where I live. If you didn’t stop to read the sign, you would probably just drive right by this place and wonder who parked all those cars on the side of the road. But if you take a closer look, there is a sign shouting “Used Cars” and then underneath that proclaiming, “No people. Please take a look.” There’s also a number you can call if you are interested. I pass by this place almost everyday and I think I’ve only seen people here once or twice. I’m not sure how good business is, but if any cars have been sold or new cars have come in, I haven’t noticed.

Cars galore.

This little truck costs 130,000 yen or about 1,500 USD.

The sign for the "store" is across the street. And there are more cars parked there as well.

"Come on it and take a look!"

April 17, 2011

No Shopkeeper Store

This store has no shopkeeper. Right now, there is nothing for sale, but at another similar store, I saw fresh produce, including green leafy veggies and adzuki beans. Each was pack into a little plastic bag and closed with tape and had a price sticker on it. There’s a money box that looks like a piggy bank with a lock (but nothing as fancy as the things they have at the Piggy Bank Museum, it’s just a plain wooden box.) And There’s also a notebook and pen, so people who buy things can make a note of it.  I can’t imagine this business model working anywhere but rural Japan. I’m sure that everything would be stolen if a store like this were to open in the states.

The sign literally says, "no person selling shop." Money is supposed to change hands without having to see the other person's hand.

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