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.

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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

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

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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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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

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Cherries arrived

This year, summer comes a bit sooner than last year in Japan. Here’s the cherries in my area.

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Ski trip

It’s been a few days since it’s stepped into the Christmas period. Have you been enjoying your Christmas holidays? What’s your plans for the New Year tomorrow?

Following the suggestion from other teachers, my friends and I took a 1 hour train to a ski resort called Gran Deco. Since it’s high season for skiing, the venue was packed with people when we got there.

Except for skiing, the resort also offers accommodation and hot spring service.

Check it out!

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Red leaves 紅葉 trip

 

It’s the best time to see the red leaves in the eastern part of Japan this week so I took the train to Aizu Wakamatsu(会津若松) to try my luck and took these pictures. Hope you like them!

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Do you know where you should go if you wanna ask for money in Japan? Not the bank, but the shrines! Loads of money is waiting for you there.

 

 

 

 

Red leaves 紅葉

November is nearing and winter is around the corner in Japan. For those already in Japan or planning to visit the country, the hottest topic these days has been the red leaves. Compared with before, they come a bit late this year due to the warmer weather.

Where to find red leaves information?

There is loads of information on the web each year since September giving you information about when and where you should go to see the red leaves. One of the most visited websites for Japanese people is called ‘ Zenkoku Kouyo Saizensen ’ 全國紅葉最前線 with address: http://kouyou.nihon-kankou.or.jp

 

Best spot to see red leaves

Where do you think you will find the most captivating red leaves in Japan? According to a poll on this site, Kyoto京都 has got the highest votes (98 votes) for its ‘best red leaves you have ever seen’. Do you know the reason? It is not because the trees there are of any special strand which makes the leaves stand out, but because of the backdrops in Kyoto京都: the traditional shrines, pebble roads, and ancient buildings behind the leaves. Same as cherry blossom, red leaves come only once a year in Japan. If you happen to be in Kyoto 京都in the next couple of weeks, don’t miss out.
The best red leaves spots in Kyoto京都 according to ‘Zenkoku Kouyo Saizensen’ 全國紅葉最前線:

嵐山
宝筐院
尊院
常寂光寺
鹿王院


What about red leaves in other locations?
Check out Labelguy.net

 

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Cook lobster in street

It was long weekend last week celebrating Sports Day (体育の日) in Japan. I spent some time in Sendai.

When I was walking in the street, I happened to find a celebration event in a square instantly captured my attention. People were dressed up in traditional Japanese clothing, singing and dancing.

 

  

 

Eating lobsters in the street?

Unheard of? There was really a stall there selling boiled and steamed lobsters! It’s 700 yen for one with either way of cooking. With 1000yen, you can get a combo. So yummy! 

 People lining up to buy lobsters
 


Steamed lobsters on the left; boiled on the right. Which one would you like sir?

 

Leg fashion?

Japan is a pro country with specialization in many many areas. When it comes to fashion, this shopping mall has developed a line called leg fashion, instead of what we usually call it hosiery, stockings, socks. I guess it’s the first one in the world.

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