Monday, October 31, 2011

Meiji Jingu (March 15th, 2011)

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I reached the torii for the main shrine area. Almost stunning in how empty of people it is.

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This is the cleansing font, Temizuya.

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I think for tourists, this is a good shrine to visit if you want to learn a bit about how things are done at a Shinto shrine. Want to see more?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Stroll: Halloween on Carroll Avenue

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When I was much younger we would take field trips to parts of Southern California. One that I remember was getting to see the wonderful Victorian homes on Carroll Avenue at Angelinos Heights in Los Angeles.

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Since last year I would be out and about, Halloween seemed a perfect time to head back to Carroll Avenue. Kind of helped that this was the Innes house used for the series "Charmed".

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Sure enough, many of the homes were decorated appropriately. Want to see more?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Food for Friday: El Paseo Inn at Olvera Street

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Oh Halloween and Dia de los Muertos! Last year I finally did something I've wanted to do for a long time.

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Head over to Olvera Street and experience a real Dia de los Muertos festival. Of course that means eating Mexican food!

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Our choice in the very crowded Olvera Street? El Paseo Inn! Come join us.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Walk through Meiji Shrine (March 15th, 2011)

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Even with everything going on, there were still those dedicated to their work. I did wonder if racking gravel that day was a little risky.

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The emptiness was a bit astounding. This is one of the most popular shrines in all of Japan.

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Still it was nice to be able to stop and spend time looking at things I might have missed if there were crowds. Like this bridge, and more below.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Meiji Shrine (March 15th, 2011)

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I actually had a plan for the day. One I had wanted to do even before arriving in Japan this time. One expects that not everything will go perfect when traveling, but when major disasters reach the point of making you wonder each day if you are going to be evacuated, you kind of want something normal to happen. You want to have that vacation you planned on.

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My first stop in the area was not shopping in Harajuku but the Meiji Shrine. I'd been to these torii before but we did not go in very far since there was much to see on that visit. This time my visit was to go in.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Harajuku Station (March 15th, 2011)

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I will say, March 15th did not start off as a very good day. First off I has signed up for a cooking class that day with Elizabeth Andoh which I had been looking forward to for some time. But it was cancelled due to the disasters. I lost internet for a short time when an aftershock caused the cable to come loose from my computer. Meanwhile the news was showing another building blowing up at Fukushima Dai-ichi. I finally found the button for English translation on the tv and got the plug back into the computer. Not having any information about what one is seeing is not a good thing.

Having waited till the afternoon when things seem to have settled down, I knew I could not stay inside the small room. Watching the news and reading things on line and having to be calm for those back home was not enjoyable. I did find a professor who had a counter on-line and turned out the readings were not out of line for the Shibuya area. I needed something positive to do, so off I went.

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Even though current events were very much on my mind the whole time, as it was for everyone there, I didn't go all the way to Japan just to sit in a hotel room the whole time. Knowing too there were others who needed the transportation out of Japan more than I did was a factor. I thought perhaps my staying and showing I believed in the Japanese people might mean more than running away in fear. Plus I knew even my little money spent while there would help.

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So off to Hamamatsucho Station where the Manneken Pis still tinkled away in his fireman outfit. Rather fitting choice even though his outfit was changed prior to the earthquake. But the big question was, where was I going?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Stroll: Community Garden

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With weather getting cooler and Fall in the air, it makes me think of harvests.

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So last year I took a stroll at the local community garden to see what was growing there.

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Under watchful eyes.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Food for Friday: Eatalian

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Making this post is like trying to order at Eatalian. There is so much to chose from just how do I put everything into one post?

By the way, that's not the actual entrance to Eatalian.

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You actually go in through a side street door to a waiting area surrounded by large cans of tomatoes. Unusual choice for a dividing wall but then again, Eatalian isn't your usual restaurant.

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And why isn't it? It's location is in the middle of an industrial area. Surrounded by auto repair shops, warehouses and more, it's hard to imagine there is an up and coming Italian restaurant there. But there is a reason for this choice of location. Keep going to find out why and also see just some of the things they cook up there.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dinner with a darkened view (March 14th, 2011)

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Back in my hotel room I watched the low lit buildings around me. Much darker than before.

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As I ate my local konbini food. I think this was the day I found a Lawson on the way back. Want to see what I ate?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Can't go over so under we go (March 14th, 2011)

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Since it wasn't helping to be at Odaiba, only thing to do was go back. The interesting thing about the automated train is it doesn't go over Rainbow Bridge. It goes in the middle of it.

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Which doesn't give great views but offers an interesting perspective of Rainbow Bridge.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Odaiba is closed (March 14th, 2011)

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I had heard Oedo Onsen was quite the place to see. But like everything else, it was closed.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Stroll: At the beach in Redondo Beach

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One thing about Southern California, there are lots of beaches.

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Luckily living here I have been able to go at times when they aren't as crowded.

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It's really my favorite time to take photos there. Would you like to see more?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Food for Friday: Redondo Beach Brewing Company take two

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I'm glad we decided to go back to Redondo Beach Brewery last year. Not just to get more photos, but to have another nice lunch.

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This time sitting upstairs on a nice October day.

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On the wall the list of their specialty brews for the day. Want to see what they looked like?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Empty Odaiba (March 14th, 2011)

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Having crossed Rainbow Bridge on the automated train I had hoped to see something was open, people out shopping or just walking around.

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There were some driving. But not many were stopping.

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I got a view of the giant tools at Tokyo Big Site.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Surely something in Odaiba must be open

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I do recommend the ride on the automated train as a way to see the skyline of Tokyo and not have to walk around much. It's also interesting to see the islands in the bay. Some with interesting architecture and some with huge empty lots.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

What does one do? (Tokyo, March 14, 2011)

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What does one do when you go on vacation and almost everything is closed?

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I took photos.

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Sadly the weather reflected how I was feeling, probably how a lot of people in Japan were feeling.

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