Friday, September 18, 2009

There goes my workout!

Tokyo Metro's "Please do it at Home" campaign continues!What?
This is Tokyo Metro's latest attempt to make my train ride less productive. Why can't I do my pull ups on the Subway? This is the poster up this month :)
Hey! I sat next to that guy on the train yesterday!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why should I wear clean underwear out today?


Sorry Mum, you were wrong. I don't have to wear fresh underwear every time I leave the house. For the recently reduced price of 1000-yen, I can buy a fresh pair from this machine.

But wait... that's not all! After I have changed into my new cartoon adorned undies, I'll saunter over to the Udon/Miso/Ramen in a can machine for lunch.
If I feel like yard work, I'll simply drop 2 shiny silver 100-yen coins into a machine for some grass seed.
I have found a few weird vending machines, but rarely do I find more than one in the same place. Jackpot!
By the way, I didn't buy any of these things.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Octopus Caramels... never a good idea.

My taste buds were the victim of an attack today. I paid 200-yen for it too! I don't know who thought that Tako (octopus) Caramels would be a good idea, but it wasn't.

If you can read the machines, you will see that we passed on the chocolate and Bambi caramels. I couldn't eat Bambi!
The closest taste comparison I can think of would be to imagine eating a chewy chicken bullion cube.

You're missing the big picture!

You are missing the big picture of the Daikanransha Ferris Wheel. We went for a loop on the big wheel in Odaiba, but I neglected to take a photo of the wheel from afar. It is among the biggest in the world. If Wikipedia is to be believed, it is in the top 15.We opted to ride in a see through car. They have four see through cars and the wait time for those is displayed on a monitor as you walk in.
Tokyo skyline from the Ferris Wheel.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kanazawa Zoo

I'm not a huge fan of zoos, but we went to the Kanazawa Zoo today and I thought I would post some photos.
Elephant poop. We were lucky enough to see it fresh too.
The English brochure we were given upon entrance listed this bull as a "Gaur: The world-biggest bull. Its most attractive features are its white legs!"
This picture is a bit deceptive. It doesn't depict how big that rocky hill really is. This area is home to animals from the Americas.

The brochure for the Kanazawa Zoo was hilarious without meaning to be. Watch out for the Black-necked swan. "If it hits you with its wings it will feel like a deadly karate chop."

There is also the Baird's Tapir. "The Tapir can move its trunk in humorous yet skillful ways."

The Reticulated Giraffe: "I am waiting for you with my neck long."

Admission is 500-yen for adults and the last admission is 16:00.

We were on a deadline and moving fast, but we were able to see most of the zoo in an hour. No reading, just looking. I did stop for a while at the elephant poop.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Showa Koen

We went back the a really cook park called Showa Kinen Koen. The entrance we used was right across a walkway from the Nishi-Tachikawa station. We had a blast, but I must say it wasn't as pretty as it was the first time we went. The first time was in April during a flower festival. The original post I did is here.
It was quite warm this last time. We had the bouncy clouds to ourselves for the first 20 minutes or so, but a school group showed up after a while. You can't wear your shoes, or take cameras on the clouds.
Rainbow hammock area is a series of interconnected nets. They seem similar to the nets that the trapeeze artists fall into. Unfortunately, adults are forbidden from dancing upon these brightly coloured strings. You can't claim you can't read the signs either... it's in pictograms.
Ooooh, the Misty Forest.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Beetles!

These Beetles are quite popular here in Japan. Look closely, those kids are finding them in the wood chips. They then pair two beetles up to make them fight. It was Mushiking in real life.
I think we paid 300-yen per person to enter this little garden room to play with the Beetles. It was interesting, but I felt bad for the beetles being kid handled so much.


Don't ride the Beetle!
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