Scenes from Japan

Nice and / or interesting photos of Japan.

(For interesting but odd photos of Japan, see Odd Stuff).

Sunday, October 11, 2009   6:04 AM

Passing-out ceremony

It has been brought to my attention by the J-Blog Licensing Committee that although I have been blogging on things Japan-related for quite some time, I have not yet included the obligatory picture of a passed-out salaryperson sleeping in an inappropriate position on a public conveyance.

So, with no further ado, I present you with "Unconscious Guy With a Briefcase and a Tie On the Floor of the Last Yamanote Line train to Ikebukuro":

Sleeping salaryman on the floor of a Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan

More amusing pictures of people sleeping on Japanese trains can be found



Thursday, September 10, 2009   5:41 PM

Getting some sausage

Among the things I miss in Japan is a nice bit of sizzling sausage. Fortunately in Tokyo there is no shortage of Oktoberfests, often in months outside of the traditional Oktoberfest month of September such as May. Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Oktoberfest currently being held at Tokyo Midtown (details here, in Japanese only) in the company of some friends who shall remain anonymous for my own personal safety. To my delight there was not only sausage, but Thueringer Bratwurst, of which many have helped me while away tedious passages of time waiting for a train on a cold winter station platform in Berlin.

Thueringer Bratwurst in Tokyo

It tasted almost as good as the German original, if the German original was slightly watery and underspiced. Still there was always the beer, a bargain at 1500 yen per half-litre, which helped numb the impact of the inevitable Bavarian-style band.

Other visitors were evidently not so lucky and found themselves performing a strange half-crazed dance.

Conga-dancing people at an Oktoberfest in Tokyo

some evidently under the control of traditional Bavarian-style wizard hats.

Daily, 4pm - 10pm on weekdays and 11am - 10pm on weekends, until Sunday 13th September. Located in the park behind the Midtown complex.



Thursday, September 3, 2009   3:13 PM

Crazy Parking

Parking in Tokyo is a perennial problem due to the city's notorious lack of space, which calls for all sorts of creative solutions. Not even the humble bicycle is excepted from this quandary, and many places are now adopting a clever mathematical algorithm recently developed at the renowned University of Charinko which enables easy insertion and retrieval of the maximum amount of bikes in the minimum amount of space.

Bicycle Parking in Tokyo, Japan 



Wednesday, August 12, 2009   2:47 AM

Graffiti

Penguin graffiti in Tokyo

I'm not normally a fan of random graffiti,but felt unable to resist taking a picture of this one on Yamate-Dori near Hatsudai.



Friday, July 31, 2009   4:14 AM

Club Fever

As the weekend draws near, it's a certain bet you can find ThePenguin down in the mosh pit of one of Tokyo's many "live house" locations showing the locals what he's made of.

Last night it was the turn of a new location, "Fever Popo" next to Setagaya's Shin-Daita station (one stop from Shimo Kitazawa) to see ThePenguin strut his moves [*]. On the playlist were (apart from some guys I missed due to being fashionably late) were:

Four Minutes to Midnight

Four Minutes til Midnight,

Tance Boy (箪笥ボーイ)

Tance Boy (箪笥ボーイ, actually three girls and one boy), and of course

Sunset Drive

Sunset Drive.

A fine time was had by all, and though I am of course a Sunset Drive groupie, I was quite taken by Tance Boy, who successfully combine hard(ish) rock and unpretentious fun.

[*] To and from the bar for purposes of purchasing beer.



Sunday, July 26, 2009   9:06 AM

Long time no Fuji

Mount Fuji, unusually visible from Tokyo in summer

Normally Mount Fuji is not usually visible from Tokyo, mainly due to the omnipresent heat haze, but despite being a very hot day today it has been quite windy, meaning the air is very clear, and Japan's highest mountain can just about be seen poking up from behind some clouds. (Click on the image for a larger version).



Saturday, July 25, 2009  10:13 AM

Whoops

Whoops - rucksack stuck in the door of a Yamanote Line train

Seen the other day at Gotanda Station



Saturday, July 4, 2009   3:35 PM

Life on the Edge

"The Penguin" and "Roppongi" are not necessarily words you hear often in the same sentence, but as the unofficial backup concert photographer for these guys (i.e. the only person usually sober enough to hold and operate a camera) needs must be and last night I found myself at Club Edge, a live house location at the less disreputable end of Roppongi's main strip towards Azabu Juban.

Sunset Drive performing at Club Edge, Roppongi

Nice venue, though as it is on the second basement floor accessible (as far as I could see) through quite a narrow entrance way, the words "fire trap" spring to mind. More seriously, the bar ran out of beer at around 10pm, but not tequila, and as it has been more than a decade since The Penguin last had any involvement with this particular liquid, and The Penguin had evidently forgotten the hard-learned lesson of that era, i.e. the advisability of avoiding that devilish concoction at all costs.

The Penguin will not be going into details but would like to emphasise that the forehead injury was sustained as the result of a vicious and unprovoked attack by one of the walls in his apartment.