April 30, 2009
April 29, 2009
Everything is turning green...I like it.
Today is a holiday in Japan. Until 1988, this day was celebrated as the Emperor's Birthday. After he passed away, from 1989 to 2006, it was 'Greenery Day.' But now it's 'Showa Day' in honour of Emperor Showa's birthday.
Today is also the start of the 'Golden Week' here. Whoohoo!
April 28, 2009
April 27, 2009
Naro is a specialty store that sells american brand clothes. The store has a western feel to it. Most of the clothes there are for men, but I love their flannel shirts. You can never have too many.
They also have cute native american accessories and bags, too.
April 26, 2009
These unattended stands, called Mujin Hanbai, can be seen in some places around Tokorozawa.
These stands are owned by local farmers or gardeners. They place their produce, along with a donation box, here. The vegetables would be sold for about 100yen per bag. It's a lot cheaper compared to the supermarket.
I sometimes buy my edamame at one of the stands on weekends. I like how they trust you to leave 100yen in the box.
April 25, 2009
There's a Noh Mask Museum in Tokorozawa, near the Koku Park. I've never been in it, they close pretty early, but will have to find the time to someday.
Don't know much about Noh (Guide to Noh), but I think it's one of the oldest types of theater...kind of like a musical. The masks that they wear are one of it's features.
The museum is open every first and third Saturday & Sundays from 11am to 5pm. The admission fee is 300yen.
April 24, 2009
April 23, 2009
April 22, 2009
I love browsing around at the fabric stores. Iseki is a shop located along the Prope Street. It's part fabric store, part kimono store, with a bit of interior thrown in.
I tend to go here a lot because they have a large selection of Hawaiian print fabric. But they really have everything, from satin to tulle to hello kitty buttons. It's a great place.
April 21, 2009
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April 18, 2009
April 17, 2009
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April 15, 2009
This is a crazy cherry tree, leaning over to the side. Sort of looks like the wind is blowing it.
I think the cherry blossom season is pretty much over. We still see some, but the leaves are really taking over the trees. Well, cherry blossoms are of course pretty as can be, but I don't mind the lush green leaves either.
April 14, 2009
Himalaya Dining has the best Indian/Nepalese food ever! They also play the ever so entertaining Indian movies and music videos. They also have a lot of books and magazines on Nepal laying around, so there's always something to keep you occupied here.
April 13, 2009
Ponzu, or Ponzu Shoyu (citrus sauce mixed with soy sauce), goes with just about anything. We love it here in Japan.
The supermarket right outside Tokorozawa Station, Seiyu, has a few. I especially like Kaori no Kura. It has a rich yuzu taste and I usually use it on salads, tofu, and tenpura.
April 12, 2009
Seiyu is a supermarket located right by Tokorozawa Station. Daiei, which is further down the road, actually has a wider variety of products. But I usually end up going to Seiyu because it's closer to my side of the station and they're food section is open until 2am. That means I could come back from the city on the last train and still by milk and eggs. Very convenient.
Anyways, I was just really surprised at how many types of mayonnaise there are. So many variety...cut calories, cholestrole free, mustard mix, small obento sizes.
Just so you know, it tastes TOTALLY different from the mayonnaise in the US.
April 11, 2009
The season for baseball has begun!
As Tokorozawa is home to the Seibu Dome, we of course are rooting for the Saitama Seibu Lions!
Actually they were just 'Seibu Lions' until last year, when they changed the name to 'Saitama Seibu Lions.' Then they went on to win the Pacific League Championships and the Japan Series. They even won the Asia Series that year. So it seems like the new name brought on a spurt of good luck. Or it could've been the new manager...
Anyways, the shops around the station have a whole bunch of posters on the walls. We're hoping to win the championships 2 years in a row! Go Lions!
April 10, 2009
April 9, 2009
April 8, 2009
Cherry blossoms at night are fantastic.
And the Azuma River that goes through Tokorozawa shows them off beautifully. About 400 cherry trees are lit up with lanterns from 6pm to 11pm until April 14th. The cherry trees stand alongside the river for over 3km...so if you're planning on enjoying ALL the cherry blossoms, wear sneakers.
April 7, 2009
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April 5, 2009
The Yakumo Shrine when through a renovation this winter.
(Old Yakumo Shrine)
Actually you can't really see it because I took the picture in the dark. But I like this picture because of the moon in the corner. Can you see it?
One of my friends told me that the old Yakumo Shrine looked like it could be in a horror movie like Juon. Well, I found out that Tokorozawa was actually one of the places they taped the movie.
Exciting but creepy.
April 4, 2009
Most of the trains or subways here in the Kanto area have a Women Only train car during the 'rush hour' in the mornings. Seibu Shinjuku Line is no different.
On weekdays from 7:30am to 9:30am, the first car on the Seibu Shinjuku Line is a Women Only train car.
I always ride in this car for two reasons. For one, it's the nearest car to the station exit that I get off at. And the other, because it smells good. Especially in the summer. I'm not saying that men smell...but it definately smells better in the Women Only cars.
April 3, 2009
From 10am to 5pm, there's a train that comes every hour and takes you straight to Kokubunji station.
This first started in 2003 when they got a train to go from Shin Tokorozawa to Kokubunji. But in 2006, in commemoration of the 111th year since the Hon-kawagoe Station was built, they now have a train starting in Hon-kawagoe and goes all the way to Kokubunji.
Very convenient for when you want to transfer onto the Chuo Line.