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Lost In Translation: Shibuya

2010.09.14

View from Starbucks Shibuya

One and a half year that I’ve been living in Japan, I’ve been to Shibuya many times but never had a chance to experience the moment of “Lost In Translation”….The place where I could sit for hour just looking down at the crowd of people crossing the street from Shibuya Station to somewhere that I’ve never known.

The place to experience this moment is Q-Front’s Starbucks, 2nd Fl…..It’s famous that so many tourists had to wait for a seat. Thousands of people crossed over the pedestrain everyday but each time, there are various and unique people mingle among Gals and Salary Man…..So, that’s how interesting it is to watch and experience the rush hour moment in Tokyo.

Mid-Summer Shibuya

Don’t Get Lost In the crowd!!!
Machiko

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Gaia Symphony N0.6 地球交響曲 6番

2010.09.13

 私の実家へ行く道筋、浅草の友達が経営しているカズンの前を通りがかった時、友達のオーナーであるミキさんが、お店から勢いよく飛び出してきて私に声をかけてくれた。実家の母とも特段約束もしていなかったので、ミキさんのお店で久しぶりにお酒を飲むことになった。ミキさんは最近お酒が飲めるようになったとか、イケメンのヒロ君も会社勤めを切り上げ、又カズンで働く様になったなど、四方山話をしていたところ、最近設置したという、大画面の液晶テレビを何気なく見てみた。そこに飛び込んできたのは、有名なインドのシタール奏者、ラビ、シャンカールだった。彼の素顔の大きな、丁寧な映像とともに音楽が流れていた。最近購入したという、液晶テレビは遺憾なく威力を発揮して、私はしばし話しをするのを忘れ、見入っていた。本当に綺麗だった。字幕は日本語、ナレーションも日本語だった。大画面の迫力もさることながら、人物の表情がとても良かった。ラビシャンカールという世界にも稀な人物だから、力もあって当然なのだろうけど、とにかく一度ゆっくり自宅でみたくなった。ミキさんに尋ねたら、地球交響曲とという、DVDのパッケージを見せてくれた。
昨日は休日だったが、朝から行燈のテーブルウエアを秋に向けて変えた。青森の骨董屋さんでみつけた素敵な灰皿、これはナイフ、フォーク入れに、また伊豆で買った盃、これはジャム入れに、お皿も、杯洗はナプキン入れに、などなど。その後、アマゾンのサイトで地球交響曲を調べてみた。龍村仁さんのサイトからオンラインで買える事を知り、6本全て注文した。きっと行燈のお客様にも見ていただければ、喜ばれるのは間違いなし。調べてみたら、全て英語、日本語の国際版だった。これも購入するきっかけとなった。
偶然ではなく必然だと言う人もいるけれども、ミキさんに感謝。これも一目惚れだと思う。そうそうめったにない出会いだ。あの晩は空腹で飲んだ為、翌日の朝はわずかにお酒が残っていた。どおりで帰りは千鳥足だったような?結局帰りも愛犬と共に歩きで帰ってきた。たまには、あてもなく歩き回るのもよいなあと思った。長いような短い一日だった。
T

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British guests from Nagano

2010.09.11

                                   

I met a super cool British guy when I was working today.
His name was Andrew and he’s been in Japan over 4 years. His mother visited Japan for her first time to see him and they are staying at Andon for two nights to travel in Tokyo.

Andrew spoke perfect Japanese and beautiful English.
He’s been stuck on snowboading and lived in Nagano for 4 years. He also teaches English at Uni in Tokyo.
He said that the beautiful mountains and perfect snow in Nagano have caught him and not released…!
I really got want to visit Nagano in winter in his talking…!

Thanks for nice “Oyaki”.
He bought some “Oyaki” which was Japanese-style bun stuffed with flavered vegetables and a typical local food of Nagano when they checked-in. We ate them together. It was a pleasant time : )

I hope to see you again!

Ryoko

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Blythe Full Option!!!

2010.09.09

Recently, there are some guests who like to buy Blythe Doll, but don’t know where to get it….As Newly Blythe Lover, well, All because of my lovely mother, I’ve searched for Blythe shops around Tokyo area and listed out as follow

Junie Moon Daikanyama (Main Store) and Shinjuku Marui-One, 4fl+ Blythe Gallerie

4-3, 1F, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0033 JAPAN

Tel 03-3496-0740
*Please make sure to call the right number.

Open Hour Tue -Sat … 12:00 – 20:00

Sun + Holiday … 12:00 – 18:00

Mon … Closed

It’s closer to walk from Shibuya New South Exit….This main store offers various kinds of Blythe and original Blythe acessory and face custom service.
However, if you want to look for more individual Blythe Clothing’s brands, I recommend to go to Yamashiroya at Ueno, chuo-exit, next to Marui Ueno, 5fl.
there are mini-gallerie of customized Blythe and so many clothes, but watch out for other doll’s clothings that might be sold at the same area.
Blythe is the doll that allows you to play with her beyond the imagination of creativity. I can’t wait to enjoy dressing her up with my mother.
Machiko

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Yokohama Hekkeijima sea paradise

2010.09.08

I went to Yokohama where is one of my favorite place.

In this time I went to “Yokohama Hakkeijima sea paradise” which is an amusement park consisting of an aquarium, shopping mall, hotel, marina and amusement rides. It is located in Yokohama Bay and a new generation style amusement park..
It takes about 30min from Yokohama station.
There is a leisure land surrounded by nature. It is one of the top aquariums in Japan. There are so many things to do and experience.
There is a big water tank and it is possible to pass in that by the escalator. It was very fun and had a great time at there. I saw dolphin and sea lion show. White dolphin’s show was most impressive for me.
This is Yokohama hakkeijima sea paradise web page:
http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/
After there, I went to Yokohama bay side and there was really nice view!! I got down at Sakuragi cho station and ride on sea cruise to Yamashita park. It was also nice veiw. I recommend to visit there for one day trip.
私の大好きな街の一つ、横浜へ遊びに行ってきました。今回はちょっと足を延ばして八景島シーパラダイスも行きました。
ここでは、大きな水族館のほかに、実際にイルカたちと触れ合える場所などもあって、施設も充実していてとてもよかったです
大きな水槽の中をエスカレーターで上ると、まるで海の中にいるようでとても感動しました。

まだまだ暑い日が続いているので、水族館でゆっくり過ごすのもいかがでしょうか♪

Kayo

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