Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Iris Japonica

iris japonicaWhen I was wallking in a park, I found a little flower.
We call it "Shaga".
This flower bllom just one day.
I t bloom in the morning and fade in the evning.

It is small and so lovely.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hyper Sea Story in Calib

hyper sea story in calib
Do you remenber the article I posted on April 7.
This is new pachinko game machine "Hyper sea story in calib".
It is sixth series work of "sea story".
"sea story" was produced in 1999, and have been favorite with pachinko fun.
You can see the girle with yellow hair and bikini. she is "Marine", a popular pachinko character.

Monday, April 28, 2008

A railroad station

railroad station
This is a railroad station of Tob-Noda line.
I have used it for more tahn 30 yesrs.
The scenery around the station has changed.
But the scenery of the station remain the same when I was a boy.
It takes about 7 minutes to reach Funabashi(tobu)station.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

100 Yen shop

100yen shop In Japan, 100 yen shop sell various goods for 100 yen each item. There are lot's of daily necessaries, like small articl of cosmetic, stationary, processed food, kitcen ware, table ware, craft goods, and so many more.
This photo is one of 100 yen shop chain "DAISO".
If I find some cool goods in there, I will post my blog.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Kappa ebisen

kappa ebisen
This is a long-seller Japanese wheat snack, prawn flavor, "Kappa ebisen".
It has been put on market since 1964 by Calbee, japanese food maker.

The catch phrase "YAMERARENAI TOMARANAI" is well known by every body in Japan.
It means "I can't stop".
Yes, If you open the packge of it, you will eat up soon.
This simple catch phrase is really fit this snack.
I usually eat it with beer.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


This is a kind of cherry tree, "Yaezakura".
Color of blossoms are pink.
Fresh leaves come out at same time the blossom.
I took this photo at a park in Funabashi city.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hana no Keiji

hana no keiji
This is a character of pachinko game.
But originally, it's a character of Manga, "Hana no Keiji".
A story of Samurai.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bicycle parking close to the Funabashi station

bycicle parking

bicycle parking

Going to the railroad station by the car to get on the train, is not general in Japan.
In Japan, most railroad station is located central of the town, especialy in urban.
So driving parking close to the railroad station is limitted and expencive.
Many of people go to the the railroad station by walking , taking the bus, or riding bicycle.
these photos are bicycle parking close to Funabashi station.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Egg vending machine

egg vending machine

egg vending machine
Today I bought eggs at this vending machine.
Those eggs are fresh from hen poultry this morrning.
By the way, the price of eggs seem to go up, in Japan.
Because the price of corn chiken feed has already risen.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Gogatsu Ningyo

gogatsu ningyo
gogatsu ningyo" Gogatsu" means May, "Ningyo" means doll.
May 5 is japanease national holiday as children's day.
But originaly, it was Boy's Festival for celevletion boy's growing. ( girl's festival is March 3 .)
On this day, families who have little boy, set a doll in their house.
These photos are miniature replica headpice and armor of Samurai.
It is a kind of "Gogatsu Ningyo".

In the first photo, that headpice and armor are Date Masamune model.
Date Masamune was a samurai called "Dokugan Ryu" (one eyed doragon).

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sand pear tree

sand pear tree

There is a lot of sand pear farm in Funabashi-city.
The sand pear trees are just in blossom.
The harvest starts in august.
It is juicy and delicious fruit.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sashimi in the supermarket

sashimi in the supermarket

tuna sashimi Japanese likes sashimi.
It is delicious and healthy.
Sashimi is thinly sliced raw fish. Many kind of sashimi are in the fresh fish counter of the supermarket.
Second photo is Kihada-maguro ( yellow fin tuna ) sashimi.
It is one of my favorite sashimi.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

North side of Funabashi station

funabashi station It is north side of Funabashi station.
I took this photo on the other side of pedestrian deck.
Under that pedway there are bus stops.

There is no sight of past when I was a boy.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A monkey

It isn't planet of the apes.
I took this photo in front of Funabashi station yesterday.
It is a advertisment of a Pachinko parlor.
They are so competitive.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Vending machine on the street

beverage vending machine

display of vending machine
In Japan, There are vending machines in various place.
The vending machine, in this photo , is new type.
On the liquid crystal screen of the vending machine, short movie commercial is displayed.
And we can use electric money with cell phone to buy beverage from it.
It is not mere machine anymore.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Funabashi station (JR)

funabashi station

It takes around 30 minutes Funabashi st. to Tokyo st. by rapid train.
The station is connected with a shopping mall.
The second photo is a advertisement of the shopping mall.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

GACHA figures

gacha figures
gacha vending machine These are GACHA figures.
GACHA is capsule toy sold by GACHA vending machine.
There are GACHA figures in varous places
I took those photos in a supermarket in funabashi city.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

A storm in spring

cherry blossomes after storm
Yesterday, strong wind blew here in Funabashi city.
Petals of the cherry blossom have fallen to the ground in the storm.
I feel so lonly.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Pachinko game characters

pachinko character

pachinko character
These are characters of Pachinko, Pachislot Game.
I took these photos in front of pachinko house.
I don't play pachinko game, but I feel these caracter's are funny and lovely.
The first photo is Marin (left) and Warin(right).
They are characters of "sea story", Marin is so lovely.
The second photo is Yoshimune, He is funny.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

A small shinto shrine

shinto shrin This small shinto shrine is located along one of the main street of central Funabashi.

There are a lot of small shinto shrine looks like it, all over Japan.
And those are adored by naighborhood people.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom

cherry blossoms are in full bloom
Yesterday, It was cloudy, and windy, but today is fine and warm.
Cherry blossoms have become full-bloomed here in Funabashi city.
I feel that spring has come.

In this picture, it is same tree I took picture a week ago.

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