Saturday, March 15

Last Day in Japan

Here are some pictures from my last day. Nothing great just a few shots.

Here I am standing in front of a couple of giant kokeshi dolls at the Misawa Airport.

Something to buy at the airport...strange place for scallops.

Here's my plane...the beginning of a long day.

Gravity defying food at Narita.

Last picture of me in Japan. She's a perfume sales girl. Kind of cute.


Wednesday, March 12

Going Home

At the moment I'm at Misawa Airport waiting for my flight to Haneda (Tokyo) Airport. The time here is 9:15 am Thursday March 13th. Once I get to Haneda I'll need to take a bus to Narita Airport to catch my flight to Dallas. There I'll go through immigration and customs. Finally I'll get on the plane home to Houston. I'll be back in Houston at 6:30 pm Thursday March 13th. This is going to be a very long day.

I still have a few pictures to post. I'll most likely take a few more before I'm on my flight home.


Friday, March 7

Yamato and Sagawa

Since we travel all over Japan taking family pictures on bases we need to ship our equipment to our next destination. We use two different companies, Yamato and Sagawa.

Just about anyone who has been to Japan will recognize the Yamato trucks. Here they are known as Kuro Neko, Black Cat. They probably have one of the most recognized logos in Japan. It's a mother cat carrying its baby.

The other is Sagawa. They just recently updated their trucks and logo.

This next picture of the guy who picked up our stuff at Yokosuka Naval Base. He was nice enough to give me a ride to our shoot location from the NEX services building so we could load his truck.

Service with a smile. Most Japanese in some sort of customer service position will go out of their way to make the customer happy.

Hase Kannon Temple (Hasedera)

After visiting the Great Buddha we walked a short while to the Hase Kannon Temple. This is a very picturesque temple sitting atop a hill with a great view of the surrounding area. Inside the main building is a very large ornate gilt wooden statue of an eleven headed goddess. The statute is 30 feet high, the tallest wooden sculpture in Japan. They allow people inside to view it but no cameras.

Whenever you walk up to a temple they have water to cleanse yourself. You dip the ladle in the water and pour it over your hands.

On the walk up to the temple there is an area full of small Jizo statues. Jizo is the guardian of children.

Here are a couple of pictures of the main temple.

Next to the temple is a Japanese cemetery.

Here are a few more pictures of different things on the temple grounds.

This is a very bored Buddha...

And finally I had to take a picture of this before I left.

The swastika is a sacred symbol in Buddhism.

I'll have more stuff later. I have more pictures than I know what to do with.

Great Buddha (Daibutsu)

During our last day in Yokosuka we got a ride to Kamakura. This area has temples everywhere. The main reason for going was to see the Great Buddha. It is on the Kotokuin Temple grounds and was cast in 1252. It is 13.35 meters high, almost 44 feet. The Buddha was originally in a large temple that was washed away by a tsunami in the 15th century.

This Buddha is huge, the second largest in Japan.

Here I am standing in front of it.

Here are a couple more pictures from the temple grounds.

We did go see another temple while we were there. I'll be posting those pictures soon.

Tuesday, March 4

Kujuku Shima

The last day we were in Sasebo we took a cruise of Kujuku Shima. This means 99 Islands. There are actually over 200 islands here but kujuku also means too many to count. We took pictures of these islands a couple of days before from the over look in Kashimae. It was a fairly lousy day but I did manage to get a few pictures worth posting.

This is a very pretty area. The water is very clear. The Japanese farm oysters here besides the normal fishing.

Here are a few more. The day was very overcast, windy and cold. I got quite cold standing on the deck taking is winter here.

I would like to go back here on a nice day. It is a pretty area.


Monday, March 3

More to Come

Well, I have quite a few pictures of various stuff I've taken over the last week that has yet to make it into a post. I've been editing and resizing and whatever. As soon as I decide what to do you'll see some or most of them. Some are just little things around here. Some are "pretty" pictures of more scenic places in lousy weather. It's winter here and there is plenty of lousy weather, rain, sleet, snow and just cold and wind.
Later this week I go to Misawa and even worse weather. Maybe, if everything goes well, I get to go and see the Great Buddha in's only about 30 minutes from here by train...we'll see. There are temples there and a bunch of cool things to take pictures of.


Sunday, March 2

Today's Weather in Tokyo


Or more from Nagasaki Airport.

I seen lots of stuff packed in cans but this is a first...whale. I'm assuming this is whale in a can because of the picture on the front.

I'm still debating whether or not to buy a can of this just for the hell of it...great souvenir. I really doubt I'd ever open it...this stuff isn't real cheap.

Just below the canned stuff is a refrigerated bin full of vacuum packed whale...never saw this before either.

Also there was another bin full of packaged least that is what it looked like to me. This one even had samples on toothpicks...I couldn't bring myself to try it.

This is all in an airport. I guess some people buy this stuff as gifts.
I've actually seen stranger stuff here and I'm sure I'll be taking pictures if I see more.