Ohira san 太平山

I took the last week of my holiday to do some hiking with my friends. We went up to one of the mountains called Ohira san太平山 near my place. The view is —-stunning!

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Forgot to bring your food and drinks? Dont’ worry! Loads of shops along the way.Image

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Let’s check out what’s upstairs!Image

Japanese people like to write their wishes on the locks and put them on the fence.Image

A resting placeImage

Heaps of different trails on the mountain for you to try. This one is 170m long. Wanna try?Image

After walking hundreds of steps up….Image

You will get here! Image

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I was surprised as this is the first time I saw someone playing hang-gliding in Japan! I thought Japanese people aren’t into sports, especially this kind which may be too breathtaking for them.Image

Let’s have a cuppa in……..hair salon!

I aint’ joking! You really can have a cuppa in the hair salons in Japan.

Below is the one I got last week when I was in a hair salon. Yes, the hair dresser gave it to me when she learned that I like coffee. So, it’s free! Actually, they will serve you any kind of drink you like as long as they have it, say, green tea, soft drinks etc. What a good service! Starbucks has one more competitor now 🙂

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I was given a watermelon!

Summer has arrived. I have been teaching summer classes run by the government in my prefecture. In one of the classes, a student gave me a watermelon after the lesson! A watermelon probably doesn’t mean much if it happens in any other country, except for Japan. Unlike other countries, fruits are luxuries in Japan. This medium sized watermelon surely costs you at least $15 (or 1500yen).

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1 minute later:

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I got a tummy ache!

I touched on the topic of Sprite in Japan last year. I said that it has a unique flavour which is so different from other Sprite’s I have ever tried in other countries. As a brand name soft drink which caters for those from little kids up to the elderly, from manual blue collars to top CEOs, it is expected to carry a commonly accepting flavour. Yet, the Sprite here does it the other way. It is sour, which is in stark contrast to most of the common soft drinks on the market which taste sweet.

This topic came up in a chat between me and a Japanese co-worker in the school. I was told that because Japanese people are conscious of their health, they think that (too much) sugar is not good for health, especially in soft drinks in which they are well known for high sugar level.

This week, I was in this grade 1 class in which I used ice creams as a means so the kids could use them to learn numbers 1- 10 in English. I led in to the topic by asking whether they liked ice cream. As anyone can tell, kids love sweets and ice cream so I got overwhelming response. To keep the ball rolling, I replied that I like ice cream too and I eat it every day. Everyone was dumbfounded! They said that I would get a tummy ache if I really do it.

This is Japanese people.

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Fujiya 不二家

When was the last time you shopped in the deli section in a department store in Japan? As you are browsing, did the colorful foods caught your attention, especially the cakes? Yes, cakes (and cake shops) are one of the things that you should pay special attention to as you do your shopping in Japan. Their wide variety of types, colors, tastes, etc are all great enough to capture your eyes.

Fujiya (不二家) – one of the largest cake shops in Japan – has been selling one of the series of their cakes for 1000yen only. I got a chocolate one 2 weeks ago after work. To my surprise, except for the cake, I was also given a plate for souvenir so that’s free!

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4K TV

Everyone must have heard a lot about the next generation TV – 4K, which is said to have a resolution 4 times higher than the current widespread used high definition (HD) TV in many homes. I happened to find a 4K TV set in an electric shop last week in Akihabara (秋葉原). It is a Sony Bravia KD-84X9000 84 inches, priced at a whopping 1,680,000yen and most importantly, I didn’t see much difference between this one and my current HD TV set in my house, yet the 4K TV costs much dearer 😦

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Other photos I took in Akihabara(秋葉原), Ueno(上野), Tokyo Skytree, Asakusa(浅草) areas.

S3590024S3590009BaoBao has got a store inside Tokyo Skytree!!! Dont’ miss out!!!S3590040 S3590038 Tokyo Skytree – Time flies. It’s been one year since it opened in May last year.Skytree

Don’t forget to buy the postcards in Skytree. You won’t find them anywhere else!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStamps to show your buddies you have visited Skytree.
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The landmark you can’t afford to miss every time you come to Ueno上野 – Ameya Yokocho アメヤ横丁S3590017 Ame yoko1

My lunch, at Pepper Lunch in Ueno上野.S3590015S3590043

Giordano has entered Japan, didn’t you know about it? S3590041

Long time no see~ Ikebukuno 池袋

It’s been a long time since my last visit to the western side of Tokyo – Ikebukuno(池袋), Harajuku(原宿), Shinjuku(新宿), Shibuya(渋谷). I took the opportunity of a meeting in Shinjuku(新宿) this weekend to take some photos with my new Olympus.

Surprised to see that loads of shops have changed faces to the extent that I could hardly recognize where I was while I was walking in the street. New buildings came into my eyes too. The tablet showing Takeshita Street (竹下通り) has also changed from metal to balloon flowers. The biggest difference between this time and the previous is: streets and places are much more packed than before, and obviously, it has exceeded the capacity that roads and traffic can handle. 😦Beniez Bershka OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A sea of people outside Shibuya station渋谷

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The iconic tablet has got a new look!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Calbee , the biggest producer of various fries and snack food in Japan, has a shop too.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This one is really a bargain, if you have a big stomach!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

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Stepping into the Meiji Shrine, you will see this million years telephone booth. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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