Magnolias

Near the branch office I’m currently assigned to, there’s a really good artisan noodle restaurant, where you can create a custom bowl of kishimen. Kishimen is a local specialty, which is like a thinner version of udon. Outside the shop is an outdoor seating area with a couple of potted magnolia trees. The trees themselves […]

Changing Leaves

The leaves have started to change as the weather has been getting cooler. I haven’t had a chance to go view the fall colors, but there is one tree in my neighborhood in particular that caught my eye on the way home. It stands in feontbof the local community center and is illustrated by a […]

Carp

Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan. A few minutes away from the station, there is a small river filled with enormous carp. On my day off, I spent some time watching them swim around and eat cherry blossom petals from the surface of the water.

Retro Photography

Here in Japan, there is something called a Lucky Bag, which is sold around New Year’s. The draw of such bags is two fold. First there is the perceived value of getting a bag full of items worth more than the retail price. Second is the mystery aspect of what will be in the (often […]

Illumination in Kanayama

There’s an interesting illumination display in the shopping center next to Kanayama station. I’m not sure what the theme is per say, but I imagine that it might be fantasy or something similar. Regardless, it’s rather unique and incredibly beautiful when lit up at night. In the day, it’s a bit… Well, you judge for […]

Steel Birds

Around Obu train station, there are metal rails with sparrow sized metal birds perched on top. I’ve been to the station at least half a dozen times but have only noticed them this morning. I didn’t see any info about the pieces or about the person(s) that made them. Most people around the station didn’t […]

Flowers in Nagoya

At a major intersection in downtown Nagoya, someone has set up an intricate flower display. A small garden shed like building was erected and surrounded by flowers of different kinds. There is even a little path from one end to the other if you wish to walk through. Inside the shed, there are yet more […]

Tajimi 80th

I had a one-day assignment in Tajimi yesterday and saw this while at the station. Tajimi, which is a city in Gifu Prefecture, is famous for its pottery and ceramics. When I first saw this display, I simply thought that it was a pretty piece of ceramic but when I returned to the station to […]

Furukawa Branch Museum Saburo Memorial

After visiting the main building of the Furukawa Art Museum, a staff member who was bringing an item to the Annex building was kind enough to show me the way and chat a bit. She took me though a shortcut and introduced the building and explaining that there was an antiques exibit that I might […]

Furukawa Art Museum

Today, on a whim, I visited the Furukawa Art Museum. I had been running errands at Nagoya Station when I caught sight of a flyer similar to the one above. Being a cat person, I googled the exibit, before deciding to go. It wasn’t too troublesome to find, though I did almost go the weong […]

Aichi SoE Art Challenge: Days 4 & 5

A while back I wrote about an art challenge that I issued to myself when Aichi first put the state of emergency into effect. That challenge was to produce one piece of art for every day I was home under the SoE. However, in that time I only completed five pieces before turning my attention […]

Hanami at Home

Due to Coronavirus, many public events are on indefinite hiatus, including hanami. Hanami is a spring tradition of eating, drinking, and socializing under the cherry trees. It usually involves being packed into confined spaces with strangers and friends alike, so it’s a total no go these days. That said, my local supermarket came up with […]