Archive for the ‘scraps and bones’ Category

Have I ever mentioned my undying love for Peko-chan (ペコちゃん), the mascot of Japan’s ubiquitous Fujiya confectionery shops? It’s true.  It’s all true. And oh-my-god I just discovered the Hello Kitty 40th anniversary tie-in with Peko-chan:  “sweet! and cute!”


2014 begins the Year of the Horse in Japan.  Celebrities born in the Year of the Horse apparently include Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John […]


I love the English that ends up on t-shirts in Japan, though for a long time I’ve stopped keeping my eye out for it because English-language t-shirts are so ubiquitous that trying to remember to actually read them is a bit like trying to remember to taste the air when you breathe.  Recently I’ve been […]


I had no intention of uploading this shot of the very cute Team Moto-Liberty Honda Motocompo, until I was pointed in the direction of a very fine Madness advertisement for the Honda City, which also includes a cameo by the Motocompo.  The Motocompo is basically a transformer bike, a motorcycle that folds up like a […]


08May13

A set of shots from a night out with friends at one of my favorite local izakaya, 楽.  楽 (raku) means ‘enjoyment’ in Japanese, and is part of two of my favorite kanji compounds: 音楽 (ongaku) and 楽ちん (rakuchin).  音楽 means ‘music,’ but since it’s made up of the kanji for ‘sound’ and ‘enjoyment’ I […]


Four photos taken in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture.




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