November 2022 Archives

November 30, 2022

👋 snow!

Hokkaido snow from restaurant window

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Good morning from lake Toya!

A view of lake Toya

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November 26, 2022

Got to quickly see the Diver’s City Gundam in Odaiba, but it looked like it was still offline. The one in Yokohama is still fully functional (3rd photo).

Gundam in OdaibaGundam in OdaibaGundam in Yokohama

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Waiting to get inside. Japan is very good at queuing. Also, amazing coordination of the lines and crowds at this event! #comitia142 #comitia

waiting to get into Comitia 142

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We had a chance to go to see Suzume no tojimari (すずめの戸締まり ) last night at the theater. Such an amazing movie with beautiful animation and story telling!

movie poster for すずめの戸締まり

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On today’s menu: Comitia 142 at the Tokyo Big Sight! Hopefully we don’t die in the sun.

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November 25, 2022

Party time at the Shibuya Parco!

neut party at Shibuya Parco

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November 24, 2022

Dinner view of Shibuya.

window view of Shibuya

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First stop: Bungujoshi at the Tokyo Distribution Center 1st Exhibition Hall. It’s a huge stationery event with vendors from all over Japan selling their pens, notebooks and washi tape.

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I should have known that I wouldn’t lug 3 cameras around during this trip. I’ve been carrying my two Ricoh GR’s and leaving the Panasonic LUMIX LX100ii in the hotel room. Carrying a backpack all day long is hard, so traveling light is important.

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Audra has had us on a fairly packed schedule. Been walking 6+ miles a day. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the station. My feet hurt, but I’m thankful to be able to enjoy this place.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Shake Shack Yokohama! No turkey, but burgers are better! Very thankful for being able to come back to Japan.

Shake Shack meal

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November 23, 2022

Since we don’t have one in Hawaii, I guess it’s time for Shake Shack!

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Thankful that the weather is great today as we checked out of our hotel and have to get on the train. Hoping it stays this way for a bit.

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Yesterday it 🌧️ non-stop. Picked up our glasses at J!Ns in Shibuya and spent the rest of the time at the Parco waiting to get into the Nintendo shop. So glad I got shoe covers for rainy days!

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November 20, 2022

Dinner at Afuri. So good!

Afuri logoOur dinner! Ramen and Tsukemen and a chashu bowl

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Tachikawa is beautiful.

sunset in Tachikawa

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IKEA for lunch! Some might say it’s just cafeteria food, but we love it! Hawaii doesn’t have an IKEA, so we go when we can.

iKEA lunch

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November 19, 2022

I guess I missed my Twitterversary 4 days ago. I’ve been on that platform for 16 years and 4 days (since 15 Nov 2006). I hope it won’t burn to the ground before my vacation is over.

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Everyone is talking about the end of Twitter on Twitter.

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Always fun finding these amazing gashapon machine toys! Japan has a wicked sense of humor. 😂

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Tailscale has been a lifesaver during this trip. I’ve needed to remote into my home computer twice to do things that I can’t do on my iPad.

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Some helpful info on using Apple Pay if you’re on vacation in Japan. Basically, look for the Visa-Mastercard-Amex contactless acceptance marks, and tell the checkout staff you want to pay using: “credit” or “touch“. Don’t say ‘Apple Pay’.

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November 18, 2022

Nitori took over the Tokyu Hands building in Ikebukuro. Happy we were there on this store’s opening day, but sad that there’s no Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro now.

Nitori in Ikebukuro

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November 17, 2022

First curry of the week (and probably not the last). If you come to Japan, you must try!

Bondy Curry Restaurant in Jimbocho

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This seemed like a good idea at first… I did not try it, but I thought about it for longer than I care to admit…

sloppy joe and macncheese donut sammich?

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November 14, 2022

See you later Hawaii!

on board, ready to fly off!

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I totally forgot that I signed up for Mastodon back in 2017 or so? I’ll start cross-posting there just in case. I’m @kimonostereo@mastodon.social if you want to follow.

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November 11, 2022

Dunno if my brain will be working during my vacation, but I suppose I should figure out if it’s worthwhile to run my own mastodon instance.

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