Friday, February 27, 2009


Well, not much to say today, so I thought I'd post another old photo when we went to Disneyworld in 2007. There was a special exhibit of extra shrub characters, all over Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Lovely.

Oh, I saw 24 for the first time last night. Rented it here for $1.60 (the usual price for new and old releases at America, our rental store here). I found 24 cheap and boring. I couldn't get past 20 minutes into the 2nd show. Very anti-dramatic, plus a subplot of looking for their daughter which never did connect (maybe it does later) to the main story.

I often stop stuff if it doesn't interest me in 10 minutes. Life's too short. But at least I do try new things!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

return to Disneyland!

Yes, we're planning a return to the happiest place on Japan. In April we're headed back to the place we were married - the wonderful DisneySea/Land.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

bean sprouts!

I've always liked sprouts, whether they're the bigger watery kind or the stuff more like moss you get at the salad bar. Well, this picture shows the former, a rather tasty side dish you can get at the average Japanese restaurant here.

By the way, there's a great chain here selling used books/cds/dvds called Book Off. I listen to music all the time when I'm working (what I listen to depends on what kind of work I'm doing; instrumental if I have to really concentrate, for instance), so having a place here where I can get $1 cds is great. Sometimes they can be $2.50 or $5, depending on who it is, but lately I've been buying a lot of dance for a buck a piece. Right Said Fred is fun!

Monday, February 23, 2009

our favorite Chinese restaurant in Japan

It's a chain, so you can find them pretty easy around Japan. Here you see egg drop soup, spring rolls, gioza (softer kinda eggroll with pork and chopped veggies inside), and something akin to RiceaRoni. Of course we split this stuff, I can't eat it all. You Americans would miss buffets of this Chinese food, I'm sure. No buffet of this. Plus, no unlimited drinks. You want another Coke, you buy another Coke!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

sharp things

Walking around Kyoto, I noticed this window. Seems like I'm back in America somehow.

Friday, February 20, 2009

BEST pizza ever

Mayu and I had the best pizza I've ever had in Kyoto city a few days ago. Here you see it, in all its gloriousness. And without cheese! Yes, neither of us like cheese. Sure, we'll eat it on pizza, but you'd be surprised how tasty a tomato/basil/pepperoni pizza can be without it!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

stylish bathroom sign

We were here last night. Cute, huh?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

wedding cake

Back in Nov., we went to the wedding of Mayumi's best friend, Kanako. Here's a piece of that tasty wedding cake. And remember, they use whip cream, not the heavy sweet cream, in most cakes here.

I know, lots of food on this blog lately. Well, not a lot of chances to take pictures of us lately. Work, work, work for us both. You can blame the previous US President for that.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

wanna buy little fishes for your dog?

Yep, there's lots of fish here in Japan - including for your pets! Of course I've never given a dog fish, so I don't know how they'd react in the states. I know that whenever I gave my dog something green or good for it, like a pill, the only thing that would be left in the bowl hidden in a deep dish of dog food would be something green or good for it.

Interesting Japan trivia: did you know that they reverse the jacket zipper here? Yep, the part you pull up is on the left.

Monday, February 16, 2009

panda pastry!

Mayu got this the other day in the pasty section in a grocery store we seldom go to. Ah, soka...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

don't be scared!

we saw Friday the 13th on the 13th

For a change, this film started on the same day as America. It was good. My 2nd least favorite, after the most terrible Freddy vs. Jason.

And before that, we had one of the best pizzas I've ever had in my life, at an Italian restaurant in Kyoto city. As I haven't had time to download that picture from my camera yet, I offer you...


Friday, February 13, 2009

dinner the other night

I had a great salad served in a real and big shell. Also, you can choose various dishes that they sit in the middle of your table - a big frying pan that keeps things sizzling as you eat. On the left side are sprouts, very good. Chicken in the middle. And a squid kinda Japanese pizza on the right - for my wife!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

waiting on the wife

I took a couple photos while waiting for Mayu shopping in Al Plaza, the "mall" we usually go to. This is the same place that has that big game room with the Santa Claus face that I posted last month. And there's a grocery store on the 1st floor.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

this man is eating Chinese food

My first successful use of chopsticks, 2 years ago at the Nine Dragons in EPCOT. I've been using them a bit more here in Japan, and I'm not Terrible anymore. But I also can't eat salad or pick up a single piece of corn with them, like my dear wife can.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

have a drink!

The drink selection in Japan is just as large as the USA, but completely different. For instance, my favorite drink used to be diet A&W root beer, but you can only rarely find the non-diet stuff in import stores, not in the average store. Ditto for my favorite sweet drink, Mr. Pibb (actually, Dr. Pepper here in import stores).

But believe me, they more than make up for it with their variety. I'm a guy who likes tea. I could drink it all the time, with Splenda or sugar. One of my favorites here is Kirin's Afternoon Tea. Slightly sweet, and even better with half a spoon of Splenda per glass. Of course my favorite here is melon soda, which I usually have when we go to the movies or a family restaurant. Yes, it's for kids, but maybe Mr. Pibb really is too?

Oh, but I just remembered, perhaps my #1 favorite is something I've only had at one restaurant. Banana soda!! Oh, this is heaven. I could drink it daily. (Reminds me of my favorite sweet treat, called Crunky, which is banana ice cream covered with Crunch-like chocolate. On a stick, of course.)

I've never been a liquor or beer drinker. Beer to me tastes like the broth of an ashtray (I think). But I thought you might want to see some of the beer cans here. You know, you even drink beer in Tokyo Disneyland?

Monday, February 9, 2009

toys on the shelf

It must be great to be a kid in Japan. Lots of toys and cute stuff everywhere you go. This is a picture from one of the grocery stores we go to, on the candy aisle.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

an author's site

I also wanted to post this, from Sandra Grabman, one of the hard-working authors I know:

Hi, y'all. My friend Cheryl Morris has just finished setting up a website for me on my very own domain. (Does that mean I'm hot stuff now???) Anyway, come take a peek at I'm kind of proud of it.

now that you've had your cake

I think it's time to eat your Japanese veggies.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

the famous cake window!

Getting hungry? Amazing, huh?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

more cakes

By the way, the Japanese pronounce them "cakeys". Each syllable of all words gets pronounced. The opposite of French!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

cake time 2!

I took a bunch of pictures of these fruity cakes.

Monday, February 2, 2009

cake time!

Japan is known for its lovely cakes - delicious and decorative. I posted pictures of a huge window of cakes in the Kyoto train station a while back. Well, I took new pictures 2 days ago, so I thought you might like to see some of their latest creations.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

the lovely Mrs. Ohmart

We went to our semi-usual Chinese restaurant last night (Sunday). We always order a few things and split them. And I got to have dinner with this lovely lady.