Posts Tagged ‘mascot’

The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge runs between the city of Akashi* and the island of Awaji and has the “longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.” (Wikipedia) It’s an engineering marvel and a beautiful bridge. I took these shots from Maiko Park, which is situated just below the point where the bridge leaves […]


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!”


The 2012 Aqua Metropolis Osaka Festival offered a series of delights, including a giant inflatable kokeshi doll produced by the artist collective Yotta Groove.  There’s something both benign and menacing about the cute blankness of the kokeshi doll when it’s magnified to kaiju proportions.  Yotta Groove wasn’t the only collective active at the Aqua Metropolis […]


The recent increase in popularity of Osaka’s Shinsekai area among Japanese tourists has brought with it a proliferation of the Billiken, the “God of Things as They Ought to Be.”  The original Billiken (pictured directly below) sits at the top of Tsutenkaku Tower, and there have always been one or two “false idols” in the […]


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21Oct10

Photo information, by order of appearance, including camera, lens, and film type: 1) Voigtlander Bessa-T, 50mm Nokton, uncertain film type. 2) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Fuji Natura 1600. 3) Ricoh GRD2, digital square. 4) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak 400 Ultra Color. 5) Voigtlander Bessa R2A, 35mm Ultron, Kodak 400 Ultra Color.


Every city in Japan has its own specialty foods, and Nagoya is no exception.  The list of regional specialties includes miso-katsu (pork cutlets with miso sauce), tenmusu (rice balls with tempura inside), and ogura toast (anko — red bean paste — on toast).  I think my favorite of all must be hitsumabushi — grilled eel […]


Tokyo may have failed in its bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, but at least it has an 18-meter Gundam statue to show for it.  According to the Japan Times, the “35-ton fiberglass and steel monolith is the centerpiece of the Green Tokyo Gundam Project intended to raise environmental awareness.”  While there are certainly […]



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