Sunday, July 22, 2007

Gomen nasai!

Osaka Shashin is currently on hold. My parents are visiting, I'm moving out of my apartment in three days and I still have way too much to do. I may or not be able to catch up before I head home (I leave Japan on August 7th)...I'm thinking about just shifting everything back a month and posting the rest of July's pictures in August. But rest assured, I do have some nice pictures to post!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Shinkansen View

The view from the shinkansen (bullet train) is pretty.

This was taken on the way to Nagoya. Yay rice fields!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Pokemon Train

...I rode on the Pokemon train today.

...every single ad inside the train was of Pokemon. Even the outside was painted with them.

Taken on the Meitetsu train line in Nagoya.

More Tanabata

(Taken last year, near the Osaka Aquarium)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Interesting ad in the Hankyuu Umeda train station the other day...

Apparently there's a new TV show called, basically, "Cool Guy Paradise."

(No, I didn't watch it.)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Tanabata & 5000

Last weekend was the holiday Tanabata in Japan. Japanese people put up bamboo and hang fancy paper decorations on it. Then they write their wishes/hopes/dreams on pieces of paper and tie them to the bamboo.

In the basement of the Hep 5 department store in Osaka, they had one set up for the public to use. I wrote a wish down, too. Mine said "いいしごとをみつけるように".

I took a picture of the tree when I had finished. I tried to wait until the people left, but the longer I waited the more people came to write their wishes...

When I opened up this picture to send to my photo blog file, I noticed something. The filename my camera automatically assigned to this picture was DSC05000.

That means that this is officially the 5000th picture I've taken with my camera.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Triangle Park

Down among the pots and tree planters in Triangle Park, there was a small statue of a Hindu deity. I think it's Lakshmi, goddess of luck and prosperity.

I think.

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Triangle Park, Ame-mura, Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

There is a mysterious crowd, hanging out and watching the building with the big TV screen. There are crowd control people, keeping the general public away from the front of the shop there. There are people with t-shirts, bags, etc. from a band called An Cafe, which is a band I actually know and like.

I decide to hang out and see what's going on.

2 PM. There is a rush of excitement from the crowd. The screen is showing an ad for An Cafe's new single (which will be released in August). They play through one entire song in the ad, to much cheering and clapping and exclamations of "kawaii!" ("cute!").

The video ad ends. The video screen slowly raises. (I didn't know it could do that.)

Standing in the second story of the building are the members of An Cafe, wearing cute summer yukata. (For the record, they are all guys. Even the one in pink.) There is more cheering. They talk about their new CD and their next concert in Osaka (which is free! but unfortunately it's also after I leave). Then the screen goes down again and it is over.

...until they come out and got into the van that's waiting. Then there is more screaming and cheering and waving. Also, the distribution of free postcards by staff people.

See? Postcard! (image from their website):

Hooray for coincidence!

Thursday, July 5, 2007


I think this is Kiyomizu temple. I'm pretty sure. The stairway looks a little different than what I remember...but where else could it be? temple in Kyoto, taken last year.

Happy 4th!

In honor of Independence Day, two blurry fireworks pictures from the summer fireworks festival in Kobe last year.

They set off the fireworks above the harbor. On the way down, we could see them from underneath the raised highway, past the boats, out over the water.

It was crowded. And pretty. And I sat on the asphalt road in my yukata.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

What do you need?

(Hep 5 is a big shopping center in the middle of Umeda.)

Monday, July 2, 2007


Asakusa, Tokyo.

...the text on the banner is reversed. It must have blown around in the wind - or else I just took a picture of the back side of it.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Osaka Skyline

Any guesses where this was taken from?

(Answer: the top of Osaka Castle)