Temple in Kanagawa

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Kanagawa Countryside, too…

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Kanagawa Countryside

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Yokosuka Bay Sunrise

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Somewhere in Kamakura…

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PHOTO: Macha Green Tea with Candy Sweets

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A bowl of Macha Green Tea during our visit to our favorite bamboo temple in Kamakura. Check out our old blog, “Japanese Tea Ceremony: The Way of Tea

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Edo Wonderland

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A few of the locals dressed in period attire.

Back in 2010, we went to Edo Wonderland after visiting the Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine.

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Love the architecture.
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Daruma gargoyles?
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One side of a bridge.
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And the other

It rained that day and the park was pretty empty but we still had a good time.

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One of the theaters, I think.

We saw a ninja show and a traditional water show that you could photograph (non-flash) while you watched. They actually encourage you to. However, I didn’t like any of the photos I took.

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It’s a cool place if you’re in the neighborhood with the family.

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Taiko drums signal the park is closing.
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Samurai nobles to bid us a safe journey on our way out as the park closes.

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Production Blog #8: Updates

Happy Easter!

So if you’ve been following my posts, you know that I’ve been showing my pics from a recent trip to Japan. If you haven’t been following my posts, I’ve been showing some pics from a recent trip to Japan.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been slowly but steadily pulling together elements to make this short film, “American Hikikomori.”

The sun setting in Venice Beach, California.
The sun setting in Venice Beach, California.

We’ve been working on the budgeting, casting, fund raising gifts, and even learning basic html to get the website up and running. In trying to make this film, I’ve almost turned myself into a hikikomori as well. Everyone has felt alone at some point in his or her life and everyone has a story to tell. I’d like to tell mine.

And we’re getting closer…

Stay tuned!

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Yokosuka, Japan – Kanagawa Prefecture Pt.10

You have to see Mount Fuji when you visit Japan.

You don’t have to go there but you have to see it. Somewhere between Yokosuka and Kamakura, along the coast, there is a place to pull over and view Fuji-san in the distance.

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View of Fuji-san near Kamakura

Fyi- I zoomed in all the way in on a 200mm dslr lens to get this photo. It’s a good ways away.

Still amazing.

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Yokosuka, Japan – Kanagawa Prefecture Pt.9

We’ve got another treat for you if you head into downtown Yokosuka!

Once you’ve had some 焼き鳥 at our favorite skewer stand (see blog) get back on the main road and walk towards the base. On the right you’ll see another favorite from my wife’s childhood… いまがわやき (pronounced e-mah-gah-wah-yah-key / Imagawayaki) although the owner calls it みかさやき (pronounced me-kah-sah-yah-key / mikasayaki).

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A humble shop on the main road…

“Imagawayaki (今川焼き?) is a Japanese dessert often found at festivals, also eaten in Taiwan (where it is called chēlún bǐng 車輪餅 or hóngdòu bǐng 紅豆餅). It is made of batter in a special pan (similar to a waffle iron but without the honeycomb pattern), and filled with sweet azuki bean paste, although it is becoming increasingly popular to use a wider variety of fillings such as vanilla custard, different fruit custards and preserves, curry, different meat and vegetable fillings, potato and mayonnaise.[1][2] Imagawayaki are similar to Dorayaki, but the latter are two separate pancakes sandwiched around the filling after cooking, and are often served cold.
Imagawayaki began to be sold near the Kanda Imagawabashi bridge during An’ei years (1772 – 1781) in the Edo period. The name of Imagawayaki originates from this time.” – Wikipedia

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He actually gaves us permission to snap a few photos inside…

Despite the wiki definition, my wife says the filing has been typically red bean. We came back to this shop about three times. It’s so good. Every time we seemed to attract a few foreigners who would have normally walked by, which was awesome.

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White bean and red bean both sweet and delicious.

The business is family owned and apparently the same cook/owner has been doing this for more than thirty years.

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An artisan at work…

International magazines and multiple tv shows have covered this humble snack place so the owner is not shy in the least but don’t talk his ear off because (like most Japanese) he’s a dedicated pro and is running a business, so there’s not much time for small talk (in the native tongue of course).

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Eat it hot! Love the red bean filling…

Next to dorayaki, this is by far one of my favorite Japanese deserts.

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