Yokosuka, Japan – Kanagawa Prefecture Pt.3 (Actually it’s still TOKYO!!)

We’re still moving forward on our film prep but we don’t have any major announcements, yet.

My Japan photo-blog still continues…

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About $20 US each for us to go climb the tower! I guess they have to pay for it somehow…

So I mentioned, last time, that we went to see the new Tokyo Skytree on our date night away from Yokosuka. Since it was cold, raining, and dark by the time we actually made it into Tokyo via the subway, I didn’t bother with any exterior photos. I have a few from the construction days a few years ago but I’m too lazy to look for them…

Inside the Skytree
We couldn’t figure out if these were for New Years or if they are regularly here.

The base of the Tokyo Skytree is a shopping mall filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, and a planetarium. What was also nice is that the subway stops right below the Tokyo Skytree as well. All you need to do is take the escalators up! There was a restaurant called the “World Beer Museum” that I wanted to try but the line was just way too long.

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A view from the Tokyo Skytree

That’s when we decided to look for the Brazilian restaurant but not before making our way to the top and then the planetarium. Unfortunately…

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Another view from the Tokyo Skytree

I’m no Carl Sagan but the planetarium left me feeling a little cheated. There were a barrage of advertisements before the actual show started. Then, when it actually did start most of it consisted of looking at constellations (which we did enjoy but also thought there would be more to it). Outside of the Japanese I could understand, you basically stare at some projected stars while they play music with lyrics about love and the night sky.

If you’re a teenager, bring your girl friend so you can hold hands and make out. Considering the admission fee, we were a little disappointed but can cross it off our list.

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And yet, another view from the Tokyo Skytree

The view is truly amazing from the top floor of the Tokyo Skytree and I’d love to go back on a clear sunny day but not any time soon.

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Yokosuka, Japan – Kanagawa Prefecture Pt.2 (Actually it’s TOKYO!!)

We’re still moving forward on our film prep but we don’t have any major announcements, yet.

My Japan photo-blog continues…

Just to get out of Yokosuka (okay, we went on a date…) and see the new Tokyo Skytree, we made a break for uh, …Tokyo. It was a two hour subway ride north, one way, but it was worth it.

After seeing the Tokyo Skytree (pics next blog) we jumped back on the subway to grab dinner here.

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I was too busy feeding my face to take pictures at the actual restaurant. ;-p

I was unaware that Brazil has a very large Japanese community. After World War II, Japanese people not only immigrated to Hawaii and the US, but also Brazil. That has almost nothing to do with us going to this restaurant but I thought I’d throw that out there.

We actually went to this place because I was hungry and the Misses wanted to dance to Samba music. If you’re a non-smoker, like me, be fore-warned. Most places in Japan still allow smoking inside. I was irritated at first (because,of course, we sat next to the one guy who smokes like a chimney) but I had a couple mixed drinks and a beer and got over it.

I mean, how often do you see Japanese business men trying to dance Samba?

Good times.

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Yokosuka, Japan – Kanagawa Prefecture Pt.1

We’re still moving forward on our film prep but we don’t have any major announcements, yet.

In the mean time I thought I’d show you some more pics of Japan.

Oppama
Oppama. Neighbors to Yokosuka.

My sister-in-law has been house hunting over the last few months so we tagged along to check out a couple of places with her. One of the places she has been looking at is in Oppama (O-pah-mah). Oppama is about ten or fifteen minutes north of Yokosuka still in the Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Another view

We visited two different sites that day. Typical Japanese homes are small indeed and I noticed (and was later told) that typically a kitchen will have a stove top but NO oven. Thinking about all the dishes my wife typically cooks. Usually, no baking is involved.

Who’d a thunk it, eh?

Bikes
Motorcycles and Bicycles are used everywhere!

Oppama is your typical sleepy Japanese neighborhood. There aren’t many foreigners around but it’s still close enough to the US Naval base in Yokosuka to minimize the staring.

If they stare, do what I do.

Smile and bow.

Most of the time they smile and bow in return.

Good times.

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To Fresh Beginnings…!

Fireworks!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Candle
My wife made this candle, fyi.

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The LA Eiga Fest

Yesterday, I went to a few screenings at the Los Angeles Eiga (映画 / Film) Festival in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater.

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Inspiration to keep moving forward with this film.

I watched the new Toei anime “アシュラ” (Ashura) and the Short film, “Mo Ikkai” before that. “Mo Ikkai” was very calm and cerebral while “Ashura” was very violent and gorey but yet, thought provoking and beautiful in the end.

Afterwards I stuck around for the shorts competition and had no idea I’d be participating in the audience award selection. I enjoyed all six films. “Sacrifice” was very thought provoking and eye opening about the seemingly forgotten victims of the Fukushima radiation fall out while “Battle on the Underground” and “Edo of the Dead” were both fun films to enjoy a sillier side of everything. “Yukuharu” and “Nuku Nuku” (love the cast and cinematography in this film) were very strong and well done dramas but the audience award and competition winner is definitely “Famiry“.

Famiry is just a stand out fun short film that is full of twists, turns, and surprises. The lead actress is brilliant along with the director’s choice of shots and editing. There are some predictable story elements but the director still plays with them enough that I didn’t really care. I don’t want to sound too much like a critic but I really enjoyed this film and look forward to seeing what the director and cast do next.

I enjoyed myself for the most part but everything seemed a little disorganized. I was under the impression that the LA Eiga Fest had been around for years but it turned out this was their second year. So with that, I expect great things to happen in the coming years.

Watching every film inspired me to keep going with my own (American Hikikomori) so that I, too, can showcase a story that has meaning to me, and possibly, other people around the globe.