29 May 2013

Statues in Arakawa

I spotted these statues at the Arakawa Ward Office.

My first thought was, "This is a bit Biblical for Japan, isn't it?"



This statue is called "Twins".

25 May 2013

Modern stone lanterns

I spotted these beautiful stone lanterns at Jōshin-ji in Bunkyō-ku. Wouldn't you love to have one in your garden?



23 May 2013

It's green curtain time!

My interest in eco-friendly air conditioning hasn't abated one bit, and I've decided to follow this particular plant's progress this summer.

I noticed it on the Hongō campus of the University of Tokyo. The university really makes an effort to be a green campus, both literally and figuratively, and this year they've planted and neatly labelled several species in this specific flower bed near Kaitoku Gate.

This one, Aristolochia macrophylla, is native to the eastern United States. It's nicknamed Dutchman's Pipe because its flowers are shaped like a pipe. I'll record its progress and snap photos of its flowers as soon as they appear.



20 May 2013

Excellent idea

Spotted on a hair salon in Saitama

18 May 2013

17 May 2013

The list continues

A few days ago I wrote about a temple called Saikō-in that seems to have followed a list of "stuff that must be present at any temple that wants to cover all possible calamities", but wait! There's more! (I think the only important Japanese personage we're still missing is Hello Kitty.)

Ema with Daruma doll

Kitsune

Tanuki

Kappa

The mythical trio at the entrance to the temple

Kakuban, known posthumously as Kōgyō-Daishi, was a priest of the Shingon sect.

16 May 2013

Sorry, motorists!

くらしのみち means "road of life", and it indicates a road where pedestrians and cyclists have right have way. I took these photos in Sendagi.



15 May 2013

Sweets from yesteryear

Pure nostalgia! These old sweets were sold in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. I bought them at a retro sweet shop in Saitama. How do they taste? Nice!






Cigarettes for kids! It's made of a sugary, chalky white substance. We used to have something similar in South Africa, if I can recall my long-gone murky past correctly.

14 May 2013

13 May 2013

Tokorozawa Aviation Museum in Saitama

The Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is in a park called Kōkū-Kōen in Saitama. Apart from the indoors museum, there are several memorials in the park.

91-1143 Curtiss C-46A Commando



Air Nippon YS-11 propeller plane, donated by Air Nippon in 1997

Memorial to aircraft mechanics who worked in this area during World War II.
The sculptor is Naganuma Kōzō (長沼孝三).

11 May 2013

Looking for a tenant

I spotted this building in Fujino-Ushijima in Saitama. I have no idea what it was originally supposed to be, but I wasn't surprised that it's looking for a tenant ...





10 May 2013