A marker on a bridge in Kanazawa.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Koi find their way, I assume by human hand, into many of Japan's seemingly haphazard waterways, catchments, ponds, and concrete rivers.
I wonder who decides to introduce Koi into a catchment like this? What time requirements does it take? Do they need permission from the city? Which leads to the question, is this even city property? (It was next to a shrine, it could have been on their property although it appears to be city infrastructure.) If someone illegally introduces koi into a place like this, what actions are taken by the city?
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This is love. It is a machine and it gives love in 100 yen and 300 yen doses. The cups are free, but the love is endless--as long as you have 100 yen coins. This is perhaps the best vending machine in Japan. Yes, I know what you are thinking what about that mythological underwear vending machine somewhere in Tokyo yea yea.. this beats it in so many ways. This machine give you love in the form of local Ishikawa pref. sake (aka nihonshu).
This vending machine is located in the omiyage-kan (the hall of local gifts to bring to your friends back home) of Kanzawa station. You insert 100 yen for the top row, or 300 yen for the bottom row. Make sure you pay attention to which side you put the money in however, top row (the 100 yen stuff) is the right side, bottom row (the 300 yen stuff) is the left side. You have to put the cup into the machine yourself. I don't want you to pour that liquid love down the drain after you've so painstakingly chosen by selecting the label intrigues you the most. (That's how I choose them!)
Kanazawa is a really cool town with a ton of amazing places to see (I think I've posted about it before) and if you go there make sure that you enjoy the booze vending machine!
Monday, August 04, 2008
These large round metal plates rotate cars so they can be loaded into the elevators in the correct orientation. Throughout Japan the cost of land and demand so high that these multi-story parking buildings can be constructed. They are self automated but I typically see some staff manning the controls at places like this, however at this location I did not see any staff. This building also had a nice traditional Japanese style room for you to wait as your car gets carried down from above. The waiting room is visible behind the green question mark.