Archive for October, 2009

Sannomiya Station

Monday, October 26th, 2009
 Sannomiya Station

Then we walked over to Sannomiya Station area and just strolled around, taking photos, and getting a feel for the town. We stumbled upon the Akasen district, and walked upon and down the main street a couple of times, dipping down into the back alleys just to see what was there; the same as usual: little member’s only bars, cabaret clubs, love hotels, late night noodle shops, and so on. On our way there, we had asked a few hotels if there was any room in the inn and we’re getting a little discouraged after three or four no’s. The iPhone “around me” app was surprisingly hugely helpful. With it we easily navigated from one hotel to the other, even love hotels, and not to mention bars, attractions and so on. I was amazed about how much info it had on Kobe, Japan of all places. So finally we settled in on a place, took a nice onsen, bought a can of beer from the vending machine, and formulated our plan for the next day.

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Kobe Port Tower

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
 Kobe Port Tower

Then we took a stroll down to Kobe Port.

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Chinese Kitsch

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
 Chinese Kitsch

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Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown…

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
 Forget it, Jake. Its Chinatown...

First stop in Kobe, for some noodles, gyoza, and goma-dango.

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Kobe Beast

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
 Kobe Beast

Yasuko and I went on three trips recently, the first to Bali, the second to Kobe, and the third to Hokkaido. We had a great time in each place and it was good to get out of Tokyo for a while. As my Bali project is not finished yet, I’ll start with Kobe, which began with a 3 day weekend and Yasuko saying to me, “Lets go down to the Shikansen station with a backpack, some sneakers and film, and a map…no plan otherwise,” which is what we did. When we got to the station, we considered Chugoku, specifically Tottori where I am still dying to go, Kyushu, and Tohoku but finally ended up going to Kobe, followed by Hemeji, and then stopped at Isejingu in Mie on the way home. I love that Yasuko loves to travel despite our ways of traveling being so different.

Anyway, I’ll tell more of the story as it moves along. This is near below Mount Rokkō and all the old consulate buildings, a really cool area of the city.

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Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
 Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon

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めぬ by みき

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

oshirase めぬ by みき

Hey Everybody,

Go check out my dear friend and fellow Hanafudan, Miki Matsushima’s exhibition happening this week at PlaceM. Miki is an incredibly talented artist and eccentric extraordinaire. I saw the proofs of this show and I assure you, it will knock your socks off.

PlaceM is open everyday from 1:00 to 7:00 and the show will hang until Sunday the 11th. So don’t miss it.

PLACEM map めぬ by みき

PS. Masato Seto is exhibiting in the mini-gallery this week too.

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And Coda…

Monday, October 5th, 2009
 And Coda...

The Coda, Shimokitazawa Matsuri, 2009.

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