November 30, 2009
November 28, 2009
This is Tokorozawa's fire ladder truck.
No idea why it was there but the little kids who passed by it were going wild over it, screaming 'Ooh ooh ooh kan kan kan!' which is apparently what a firetruck siren sounds like to them.
November 27, 2009
November 26, 2009
This is how most children in grade school walk to school. In a straight line.
There is one public school for each district in the city and most of those districts are divided into a number of smaller sections. So in the morning, the children in those sections would gather in front of someones house or at a corner, then walk to school together.
I think this is a good idea because not only is there safety in numbers (not that this area is dangerous), but it's about the only time that children from different grades can be together.
With all the racket these kids were making while walking past, I'd say they were having a good time.
November 25, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 21, 2009
The Tokorozawa Minsho Koyo Festival was taking place in the outside stage at Koku Koen this weekend.
This was a Kyogen performance called 'Onigawara.' Onigawara is a Japanese gargoyle roof onament. The story is about a lord who sees this onigawara and is reminded of someone...only to realize that it was his wife! Pretty funny.
November 20, 2009
I've just started joggin recently. Only for a few miles but I'm hoping to get better.
So the big question is...should I run at night or in the morning?
Watching a sunrise like this while running sounds lovely. But then, will it still be lovely when I'm out of breath? Hmmm.
November 19, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 17, 2009
This is another road in Koku Koen, a big park nearby.
Don't you love how the moss is growing in between the stones? I'm a big fan of moss.
Some high school baseball players were jogging down this path while I was crouching down to take photos. If you look closely, you can see the green fence from the baseball stadium between the trees.
November 16, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 13, 2009
This is part of the entrance to the building in yesterdays photo.
I like this wall because light shines through it, but the light from outside also reflects on it, so that there's a slight change in the hues with the angle.
I also like this building itself because it is minutes from the station. How great would it be to be able to leave the apartment and hop on a train in a few minutes?
PS) Today is Friday the Thirteenth! Anyone have bad luck? Good luck? Either way, hope you all have a happy weekend!
November 12, 2009
It's not raining anymore! Well, at least for now.
Walking back home I saw a big puddle with lights flickering in it. Pretty, don't you think?
It was reflecting the Hills Tokorozawa Ekimai Kusunokidai, an apartment building right next to the station.
November 11, 2009
The rain is back...and with a bit of a force!
Why is it that the rain seems to come down hardest when you step outside? It was like that this morning. Everything was a blur on my way to the station. Kind of like this photo.
November 10, 2009
Just out riding my bike and took a short break by the creek. All the trees are cherry trees so it's beautiful in the spring. But, ofcourse, it's still a pretty view now.
I like looking for something in the reflection. Nothing in particular. Just something...
November 9, 2009
This is the sign at the entrance of the Tokorozawa Library. It says 'Tokorozawa Library' (surprise, surprise!) in Kanji.
It was actually closed when I went by the other day. Darn. So I'm heading there again this week. But I did take a photo of this sign because I liked bricks behind it.
Don't you love libraries? The quietness, the smell of books, and the excitement of finding a story that you've never read before. Can't wait!
November 8, 2009
This is the Chozuya (手水舎) at the Kumano Shrine.
This is where they have the water you can use, to wash your hands and mouth, to purify yourself before offering a prayer at the main shrine. The water of this Chozuya comes out of the mouth of a fierce-looking dragon.
November 7, 2009
Behind Tokorozawa's City Hall there are tall bamboo trees all along the sidewalk.
I don't think they're that old because the bamboo trees are still very thin. But it felt really good riding my bike past all these bamboo trees!
November 6, 2009
November 5, 2009
I've been rushing around and trying to update this blog...hopefully things have calmed down and the updates will be more consistant!
This is a view out of the Red Arrow Limited Express Train that stops in Tokorozawa and heads for Shinjuku. One of my favorite rides.