Wabi-Sabi Japanese Design

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Wabi-Sabi

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Japanese do not really admire perfection ... The idea is that nothing in the universe ie perfect, therefor you should not look for perfection.

So when you design things, you leave something to make sure it is not perfect. The picture above is a gate at Nikko called Youmei Mon. It was so beautiful and prefect, the architecture decided to build the gate with one of the pillars upside down. That's wabi-sabi.
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腹筋女子 "Fukkin-Joshi," or Six-Pack-Women

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Okay, you have eaten Natto ... How about this?

Do you even know what this is?
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阿波おどり Awa Odori

If you have a change to be there ... You really should go there. I have never been there but I always wanted to go there ... one my bucket list items.



The Awa Dance Festival (阿波踊り Awa Odori) is held from 12 to 15 August as part of the Obon festival in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku in Japan. Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan, attracting over 1.3 million tourists every year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa_Dance_Festival
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Japan Fair 2018 in 10 Days

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What is this building?

Does anyone know what this building is?

This building appears on many Japanese movies including anime movies.
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The World's Cleanest Airport

Did you know Tokyo Haneda Airport was ranked the cleanest airport in the world?

Here are the top 10 cleanest airports.

The World's Cleanest Airports

1 Tokyo Haneda
2 Centrair Nagoya
3 Incheon
4 Taiwan Taoyuan
5 Singapore Changi
6 Tokyo Narita
7 Hong Kong
8 Zurich
9 Doha Hamad
10 Helsinki

http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards/worlds_cleanest_airports.html
Nothing in America.

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Battle Angel 銃夢

Another Japanese anime title turned into a real FX movie by Hollywood.

I hope this one does better than the Ghost in the Shell. Hollywood manage to butcher the storyline.
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和菓子 Wagashi ... Japanese Sweets

My friend gave me this 水羊羹 Mizu-Yokado, a type of Japanese sweets when I was in Japan. This is so good. Many people in the west do not associate red bean (any type of beans) to anything sweet. In japan, many of beans are used to create sweets.
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Sinjyuku ALTA ... 新宿アルタ

When you want to meet someone in Shijyuku, people usually pick ALTA as a place to meet. It is located right access the street from JR Shinjyuku Station and is one of the first building in Japan with big screen.

http://www.altastyle.com/shinjuku/

Studio ALTA was a home to the long running popular TV Variety Show called 笑っていいとも ... Waratte-Iitomo. The show run for 30 years。The show ened in March 31, 2014.
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Let me introduce someone.

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海鮮丼 Kaisenn Donburi

Kaisen = Fresh Seafood
Donburi = Deep Dish

Every for that served with rice and topping is called Donburi. For instance:

Tamag Donburi = UnaDon = Egg Donburi
Tempura Donburi = TenDon
Unagi Donburi = UnaDon = Eel Donburi

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Car Tax in Japan

The yearly car tax is based on the size of an engine.
K-Car 軽自動車 is the cheapest.
There is no consideration for Turbo to Super Charger.
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Hato Bus Tour

Hate Bus Terminal just Shut of JR Tokyo Station Marunouch Entrance.
One of the best ways to tour Japan (Tokyo) is get on the tour bus operated by Hato Bus. はとバス

This bus has been around for a long time and now operates many tours daily and nightly. Buses are modern and very clean with a guide. You can expect spend $30 to $90 depending on the tour. If you are not familiar with Tokyo, you might want to get on it.

https://www.hatobus.co.jp
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オタク Otaku

You do not hear this term very much any more but the word Oraku refers to the people that are somewhere between Geek and Nerd.

The word Otaku means "YOU". When the group of people who are not socially trained started calling others "Otaku", the word stuck back to them. Otaku itself is a price way of addressing you. You can say "Otaku Sama" to be very polite.
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食べ放題 Means "All You Can Eat"

There are many restaurants offer "All You Can Eat" in Japan. It usually limited by the time. Also there are some places that offer "All You Can Drink" 飲み放題 as well.
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Virtual Reality Porn

I saw this in Akihabara ... This tells me the VR is here to stay.

This means, someone is making videos (porn videos)using VR camera.

When the porn industry thinks VR is real business, that means VR is.
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Ramen vs Soba

Most Asian people including myself like noodles.
I personally like Soba better than Ramen.
But soba must be a good fresh soba.

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Kara (辛) Miso (味噌) Ramen (ラーメン)

This is Kara (辛) Miso (味噌) Ramen (ラーメン) at Hakata Tenjin Chain of Ramen Shop. It costs 600 yen or about US$5.50. You can get free second serving of noodles. What a deal!
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Japanese Restaurant

It is hard to choose something good for you over what tastes good in Japan. For instance, this Katsu Don was so good ... Who will want to eat just a Tofu-Salad.

This was at Ootoya, in Alaska-Mitsuke
https://www.ootoya.com
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Spicy Ramen

930 Yen
A lots of people in and outside the store.
I had a chance to vist 蒙古タンメン中本 (Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto) with I saw video of many times on YouTube. Their Hokkyoku Ramen is one of the spiciest ramens around.

It was spicy but was very tasty. I liked it and I finished it. The shop opens at 11:00am ... I got there at 11:20am and there were about 10 people waiting. When I got out, there were already over 30 people in line.


http://www.moukotanmen-nakamoto.com
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UBER in Japan

I just happen to open UBER app in Tokyo.
I saw three cars ... It was my understanding UBER is not allowed.
So, I checked.
The UBER is Japan is TAXI DISPATCH service.
Next time, I should try it so I can report it.
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Best Iced Coffee for 100 Yen

It is avaiable at Seven Eleven Japan.
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Akiba - Akihabara

It is the famous electric town. If you want to buy something electric from the watches to PC, DVR to LED, you can find them here at Akihabara. Also this is the home of Japanese girls singing group AKB 48.
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Trivia ... For Those Anime Fans

Do you know which anime features those characters?
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Near Akasaka-Mitsuke

Here are some of the places you can eat around Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station. Can you I guess what have chosen?

The answer is in the comment.
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Minimu Wage in Tokyo

What is the minimum wage in Tokyo?

Can people live in this wage in Tokyo?

Who makes this minimum in Tokyo?

Good questions.
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Over The Counter Pain Killers

Over The Counter (OTC) pain killers lik BUFFERIN and ASPIRIN are very expensive in Japan and quantity in the box is very small. Like this BUFFERIN 10 Tablets cost around $4.00.

If you are traveling to Japan ... You should bring your pain killers.
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Morning Walk

The Japan Diet
Back Street of Ginza
Tsukiji Market
Tokyo JR Tain Station
It was 70F and very comfortable so I decided to walk before it gets warm. I was not planning but I walked about 4 miles from my hotel in Akasaka to Tsukiji. Here are some picture I took on the way.
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Arrived in Tokyo

This airport is only $6 away from the Da-an Hotel.
Very convenient.
I arrive in Tokyo Haneda Airport.
I took monorail to Hamamatsucho and took a cab broom there to the hotel.
I am very tired ... I will try to recover using Sunday tomorrow.
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Traveling Japan from Taiwan Tomorrow

From the 91 st floor of Taipe 101.
This is as high as a visitor can go.
UYou have to climb 2 floors to get here.
This is what you see looking down from the 90th floor staircase.
I am traveling to Tokyo tomorrow.
Taipei just remind me of old Japan when I was glowing up.
I don’t feel like I am in different country.
I do not know know very much about this country.
I need to come more often.
Well, I think I have a business idea.

Another thing I noticed was, people here love Japan.
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Power Generation in Japan

We used to think that japan has very little natural resources so the power must be generated using resources using imported materials such as oil and gas. That was one of the biggest drive to push Japan into using nuclear power.

With new technologies and researches, there are more resources arrounding Japan. There is not need to rely on nuclear enegergy ,... but because there are so many companies relying on the nuclear businesses, Japan cannot just drop nuclear solutions.

There is a separation of religion and government, there should be a separation of business and government. Government is not bad. Business is not bad. But when they work together, bad things happen.
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Japanese Fast Food in Taipe

NT$99 ... That is about US$3.00
Nice!
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ANA Airport Lounge at Narita

I am lucky to be able to kill time at airport lounges.
This is Narita Airpiort ANA Lounge.
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Yakuza やくざ

This video shows what Yakuza is ...
Stay away ... This explain why tattoos are not allowed at public bath.
Many of the Fuzoku I tased about is run by Yakuza ... So I was told.
But you do not really now that. Yakuza would not like you (customer) to be scared.

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What is Fuzoku 風俗

Understanding 風俗 (Fuzoku)

Prostitution in Japan has existed throughout the country's history. While the Anti-Prostitution Law of 1956 states that "No person may either do prostitution or become the customer of it," loopholes, liberal interpretations and loose enforcement of the law have allowed the sex industry to prosper and earn an estimated 2.3 trillion yen ($24 billion) per year.

In Japan, the "sex industry" (fuzoku 風俗, literally "public morals") is not synonymous with prostitution. Since Japanese law defines prostitution as "intercourse with an unspecified person in exchange for payment," most fuzoku offer only non-coital services, such as conversation, dancing, or bathing, to remain legal.

NOTE: But remember "Prostitution Selling/Buying" is illegal in Japan. You just need to know what prostitution mean.
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Strip Clubs in Japan

May not be Tokyo ... But strip Clubs (Gentlemen's Clubs) are disappearing in all over Japan. It used to be one of the very popular entertainment in Japan but many places like that outside of Japan are closing.

The image above is a strip club called ROCKZA (Pronouced Rokku Za) located in Asakusa area of Tokyo Japan. Rokku ... 6区 ... It means 6th district but sounds like "Rock" music.

This is where "Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano)" started as a stand up. He was an elevator boy.

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