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Sakura at Kyoto Incline

The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come down from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Close to Nanzenji, where you can still see the Aquaduct, the Incline is a popular place in Spring due to all of the beautiful Sakura…

Sakura and HDR

A while ago I showed a few HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos on the site which I had taken with my Nikon camera. One photo of HDR is actually made up of 5 shots that show the same scene at the same ISO level but with different lighting,…

Japan Book

I have been printing a bunch of my photos from recent trips whilst thinking about a book project that has been on my mind for a while. Not sure the final direction the book will take yet, but the photos are starting to give some sort of…

Maneki Neko

You will often see many stores have a Fortune Cat (Maneki Neko) outside or near the entrance way. This is supposed to help attract customers to the store and bring good fortune for the business. I saw the Cat above at a store recently…

Pokkuri Platform Shoes, Japan

Have you ever wanted to own your own Pokkuri shoes? The pokkuri shoes are traditional wooden platform shoes. They are the shoes that are often worn by Maiko during their apprentice as Geisha. They are wonderful at keeping the kimono off…

Japan Airlines Bankrupt

"Japan Airlines Bankrupt" was the headline news today as JAL entered the Japanese version of the US Chapter 11 Bankruptcy procedure. Its stock price for the entire company is now worth about $150 million, less than the price of a single…

Site Review

I have been reorganizing the shibuya246.com Site recently and adding a number of new features. Some of you may already have noticed a few of the changes. I thought it would be worthwhile logging the updates and explaining what is now…

Michael Moore in Shibuya, Tokyo

Michael Moore was in Shibuya today filming with what looked like the NHK film crew. I was just passing through and saw him as they were filming near Hachiko and Center-gai. I didn't want to get in the way of the filming so here are…

FX popular with Japanese

I visited the bookstore today to look for a design book and in passing the finance section was surprised to see how many books were being published to help people understand FX trading (Foreign Exchange Trading). FX has been big in Japan…

Pachinko Promotions

Pachinko is popular throughout Japan and while some of the parlors have ultra-modern architecture and look more like Las Vegas casinos, some still are the old variety that employ more "traditional" styles. Here is a street performer…

iPhone Earthquake Application

The iPhone has not proven a big hit in Japan but that has not stopped a number of applications that were popular with the imode range of phones being ported to the iPhone. Here is a free application made for the iPhone that shows the…

Sharp Ion plasmacluster

Having initially posted about this machine I bought, I see a lot of people searching for information about Sharp's Ion plasmacluster and thought it would be useful to add some more information about this. Original Post The original post…

Shibuya Koen-dori Walk

I took a walk up koen-dori today and took these pictures while I was out. Walking further up Koen-dori I went past the usual suspects of stores: and then had a look back down the street from half-way: took in some…

LABI says “Thanks for dropping in”

If your wallet is anything like mine then you probabaly have a lot of members cards to various places. It would be nice if all of these points could be accomodated on one card with an IC chip. Leaving that aside, LABI, Yamada Denki's…

Chocolate Underground Movie, Shibuya

The movie "Chocolate Underground" is set to open this Saturday (Jan 31) at the Shibuya Tsutaya Theater. Since Jan 16 the ads have been up in Shibuya promoting the animation movie which is an adaptation from the novel "Bootleg" by Alex…