Tuesday, March 31, 2009

a sea of tea!


We stopped at an on-the-road market on Sunday and I snapped a couple pictures. It IS a nation of tea.

And cake.

practice chopsticks


Want to learn how to use chopsticks? Here's where you start.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

more at the pet store
















Bones and more parts of a pig. Dog heaven?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

at the pet store

















Would your little dog care to nibble on a pig nose?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

win win!


She didn't. :(

These games are hard.

We were on the street once and watched 2 girls try several times to win a stuffed animal. But after each time, one of the workers opened up the case and kept moving the prize back to its original position. How unfair is that?!

me between the movies and lunch


Walking from lunch (Mos Burger) to the movies (the Tom Cruise movie; because I'm too lazy to look up how to spell the Wagner opera!).

Monday, March 23, 2009

the couple we saw the other day
















Fun couple we saw the other day before going to see the new Tom Cruise movie. These birds had all the room they wanted, but they wanted to sit close.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

our Mickey D's McFlurry


Green tea and Oreo - and yuck!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

dinner the other night
















What do you think? Tasty?

Friday, March 20, 2009

the language


A few people have asked me if I've learned Japanese yet. Well, with several hundred emails to go thru and answer daily, plus working on books and trying to work on my own books, I haven't found a lot of time to do it yet. I've been developing a better ear to pick up the words I do know, like ichi-ban (first), but I need to set aside more time for study!

Oh, this is a wedding cake to a wedding we went to in Nov. Just thought it was cute.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

desert at our favorite Italian restaurant


Mama Louisiana's! You order the "set meal" and you get a choice of 3 deserts off the desert tray.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

at the Frances Langford museum


The new book I'm working on - now that I've finally finished Judy Canova - is Frances Langford. We visited the collection in Jensen Beach last year. Just feeling nostalgic today...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

want some desert?


This is collectively how we finished our dinners out the other night. :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

want to buy a porky?

















Yep, you can actually buy one of these little guys in the pet/Loew's-like store that opened here 2 weeks ago. $250 gets you something sticky you can't pet!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

oh, forgot to go to Costco!

















Sorry, I forgot to report on Costco when we finally got there! It was a huge warehouse, like Sam's, teeming with things and people (this was on a Saturday). I got a few cheap USBs (because my stereo has a USB slot, so I can fill up mp3s and stick it in - music for hours!), lots of food and snacks. You can also get full on the free samples - just like America. And just like Sam's, you have to join before shopping, so the 4 of us did.

I don't like crab, but I had to take a picture of the seafood section. Big ol' things, aren't they?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

when we went to USJ


Us in Universal Studios, Japan, 2 years ago. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

look! up in the sky!

walkabout part 2
















More photos from my wife's incredible 1-day journey. A little slice of paradise, isn't it?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

my wife's journey into crab country

















Mayu went out with her this weekend to a place outside of Kyoto. She had a massage, walked this lovely purple bridge, and had a great dinner of king crabs in the restaurant. I'm not a crab person at all, so I didn't miss out. I stayed home and watched Battle of Britain, Return of the Magnificent Seven, a Jackie Chan flick and tried to watch The Marine, but it was too camp for me, so I had to shut it off.

Friday, March 6, 2009

lunch set


We had lunch at a nice coffeeshop the other day. Here's Mayu's lunch. It's smaller than it looks.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

still on the road!


I know, I do spread out our adventures, don't I? Well, we're not traveling a lot these days and sometimes I don't know what to write on this blog, so I gotta stretch out our trips!

Here's another picture of goodies you can buy at the convenience mall we stopped at. This stand was right next to the softcream stand. Here you see hot dogs on sticks. "American dogs" which look like corndogs, but they're not covered with cornbread, they're deep fried in dough or biscuit. There's fried chicken, which you can get at every convenience store. But I have to warn you - their chicken is fatty. It's always dark meat and very hard to find white meat chicken anywhere. I'm not sure what they save it for, unless it's McD's chicken sandwiches!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

on the road to Costco!


There's a Costco near Kyoto, so the in-laws, Mayu and I drove less than 2 hours to go see it. Yes sir, it's just like Sam's in the states. Huge building, especially for Japan!, and teeming with bargains and bulk galore. Even some stuff I've not been able to get anywhere else here - like Dr. Pepper (ah, I did miss that) and a big ol' American-size bag of M&Ms. We filled up the buggy of course!

Oh, this picture was taken at a convenience mall we stopped out on the way (we stopped for softcream; soft serve ice cream). I'm not a baseball fan anymore, but leave it to the Japanese to make even baseball look cute!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

eyeing the buffet


On Sunday I saw Benjamin Button while Mayu shopped. The film was good, not great. I'm glad it and Brad Pitt didn't win the Oscar. If you want a heavily narrated epic, I suggest The Notebook and Forrest Gump first.

After that, we went to dinner nearby. A nice Japanese buffet where I had carrot salad, bamboo soup, grilled fish and a few other goodies I don't know or can't remember. Mayu had more variety since she's a seafood lover. I would go back. Nice atmosphere as well - see the bamboo on the ceiling even?

Monday, March 2, 2009

us in Disneyworld


Having long arms helps.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

such a card


Here's me in front of Alice's restaurant - not the song - the best looking place to eat in the Magic Kingdom in Tokyo Disneyland. Well, equal, in a different way is the restaurant overlooking the Pirate ride. Each are beautiful places to sit and have a lite meal.

Don't forget - Alice in Wonderland is the greatest Disney cartoon ever!