Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Salaryman

This morning I was awakened by a strong earthquake, two minutes ahead of my daily alarm setting. I immediately sat on the edge of the bed. While waiting for the shakings to stop, the ghost of the March 11 earthquake flashed back. As soon as the earth stabilized, I switched on the lights and proceeded with the routine of a salaryman. Shower. Eat. Travel. Work. Eat. Shower. Sleep. Pretty exciting life, right?

salaryman
photo by Noemi

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Underworld

In the Philippines, November 1 and 2 are public holidays. We usually take this chance to go and visit the cemeteries, and pray for the departed. Of course, we also look forward in meeting our relatives during these days. It was always a sort of mini-reunion. When we were kids, I and my cousins would collect the molten candles and shape them into balls while our parents prepared some sticky rice and other traditional Filipino food. We would end the night with ghost stories and spirit games.

halloween

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Firebush

Often listed as one of the most surreal places in the world, Hitachi Seaside Park is a must visit destination in Japan. The park is very popular in Ibaraki Prefecture just days before the peak of autumn. The red-colored firebushes / kochia flooding the park is a sight to behold especially to photo enthusiasts like me. One would want to stay there forever.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fleeting

Last week I was in South Korea for another technical meeting. The flight from Tokyo to Seoul is around two hours. I was about to sleep when my eyes caught sight of a familiar silhouette – that was of Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji. I grabbed my smart phone and took a lot of photos until it disappeared. 

Fleeting, like life.

fuji

talking to summer 
clouds in silence, breathing life 
silhouettes of trees 

 /totomai 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Owls

The Takeshita Dori in Harajuku, Tokyo is one the crowded streets in Japan especially on weekends. It is filled with fashion shops , souvenir stores, crepe stands and cafes. Talking about café, there is a newly opened one - Owl Cafe and Bar Owl Village right in the heart of this busy street. This doesn’t surprise me at all since theme cafes are very popular in the country.

owl

pleas of once-caged owls
freed in a man-made forest 
plastic autumn leaves 

 /totomai

Friday, September 9, 2016

Auction

Five years ago, we went to the Tsukiji Fish Market to experience the tuna auction. However, we made a huge mistake of not checking the schedule. The auction was canceled because of the March 11 earthquake. The tuna auction is often listed as one of the must-do things in Tokyo. And with the news of the market’s possible relocation at the end of the year, we again decided to give it a go.

tuna

a giant tuna 
from wasabi-green sea to
a pool of soy sauce 

/totomai

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Crystals

Aside from the matsuri, Japan has hundreds of exhibits too during summer. One of the exhibits that caught my interest was DMM Planets Arts by teamLab. It is currently being held in Odaiba from July 16 to August 31 2016 [10 am – 10 pm]. The event is located just a few steps away from the Diver City [Gundam]. It costs 2,000 yen and an additional of 1,500 yen for priority ticket, in case you are too lazy to be in queue for more than 30 minutes. You can get a 500 yen discount for online reservation.

crystal

crystals

songs of good luck charms
only heard by the superstitious
choir at the pawnshop

/totomai

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pond

Last year, I visited the Fuji Five Lakes. Between those lakes are villages turning to be tourist attractions as well. One of them is Oshino Hakkai (忍野八海). I haven't heard about it until a friend invited to join the bus tour.

pond
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