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Mount Fuji – Fuji-san (富士山) on a cold February day

25 Feb

mount fuji


Old Steam Engine in kids playground

13 Feb


Nowhere else in the world will you find cooler playgrounds than Japan. I have seen some unique items for kids to play on over the years, including a now-lifeless military helicopter up in the Mito area, but today I spotted this great looking black steam engine in a local Chiba park. Very cool.

Fishing Tackle Vending Machine

9 Feb

Spied this in Shin-kiba, aka lumber (timber) town last summer. The first time I have seen a vending machine aimed at the angler ! C’mon, let’s get a line in the water !

Japan Anti-drugs poster

8 Feb

I saw this advertisement on a train station wall recently and it caught my attention. An assortment of powders, pills and plants are displayed with the ‘Be Poisoned, Be Broken, No Future” messages, along with the possibility of a “Flashback”
Cheap cigarette and booze vending machines just out of shot !!!

(warm) Waiting Rooms at Japanese train station platforms

8 Feb

I’ve sat in these rooms so many times – and on a cold and windy winter’s day or night, they are your best friend !
They are found at some of the larger JR train stations, usually on the platform. Clean, air tight, smoke-free and on a freezing, icy day in winter, the only place to be. When the sun shines through they heat up nicely and it’s a good place to nod off if your are sleepy !

Japan photograph – Snow: 11 February 2011

11 Feb

Another lovely photograph of the snow in Ibaraki, Japan taken Friday 11 February, 2011

Japan photograph – Snow: 11 February 2011

11 Feb

Winter photo of Ibaraki, Japan.