September 30, 2008

Warmth and Fireflies

It has been raining for the past three days, and it looks like the steady pitter patter of raindrops will continue for at least one more day.  Tropical storm Jangmi is making its presence felt even as it skirts the Chinese coast with Taiwan and its class 3 status behind it.  The above picture brings back the warmth and waning summer breeze of the Stone Buddha Fire Festival I attended in Usuki a month back.  This picture always makes be think of s'mores and camping.  Enjoy and if you have pleasant weather, I hope you are making the best of it.

September 22, 2008

Any Bed Will Do

I decided to start posting some of the pictures I have taken since arriving in Japan.  Perhaps one every day or two.  Everyweek will consist of a different set with a theme tieing the pictures together.  The first set will consist of homeless and passed out salarymen pictures I took in Tokyo at the end of July.  If you have any specific interests, please let me know and I will see if I can oblige you.

September 18, 2008

Dreaming of a Ham, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich

When living abroad there are always certain foods and things that you just can't find except in your native country.  For the most part this is fine because there are so many new foods and tastes to experience, but every once in a while that urge creeps up.  The other day I was craving a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel (from New Jersey), so I decided to put together this little tribute video to my favorite food.


September 8, 2008

Of Lanterns and Fire

I have been attending quite a few end of summer festivals lately, and the majority of them have involved fire and/or laterns of some kind.  Here are three different photos from three different festivals.

Laterns at the Tanabata Matsuri in Oita City, Oita

Takoyaki Latern at Inukai's local matsuri

Fire basket at Usuki's Stone Budha Fire Festival