Posts Tagged ‘Japan’


What do I find fascinating?

December 9, 2015

I love watching other people work. . .

credit: Spoon and Tomago


What am I sappy cat blogging?

October 9, 2015


Stationmaster Tama is 16 years old and has been in charge of the Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan since 2008. She’s also a cat.


Wakayama Dentetsu, the city where the station is located, loves the furry professional, and even decorated a train in her honor. Called the Tama Train, it was specially painted with cartoons of her likeness. The themed train has recently gotten an upgrade and now features giant cat ears, whiskers, and a stationmaster hat. The inside is air-conditioned and has some pretty funky furniture: The chairs are shaped like cats and the couches have fun feline patterns. There is even an elaborate cage for when the stationmaster wishes to ride the train (when she’s not there, a cardboard drawing of her fills her space).

from Mentalfloss

tama ears

tama car


tama station



Why am I looking down?

September 18, 2013


I love these colorful manhole covers from Japan.

                      Here are some others:

 From Seattle . . .

drain seattle

I don’t know where this one is from.

drain fish

This is one of my photos from San Diego

drain fish2

You know the water meter covers that you see on the street? My mom always told me that if you step on one you will have good luck.  However, she said, if you step on a gas meter cover, you will just get gas.

drain nantucket



What did I celebrate on Sunday?

June 3, 2013


The answer is that the first Sunday is June is traditional for celebrating the Day of the Rice God.  From Chase’s Annual Events:

Chiyoda. Annual rice-transplanting festival observed on first Sunday in June. Centuries-old rural folk ritual revived in 1930s and celebrated with colorful costumes, parades, music, dancing and prayers to the Shinto rice god Wbai-sama.


See also this explanation about the rice planting festival.

rice bowls
Here is a lovely set of rice bowls from Halcyon Pottery.
Disclaimer:  this is a totally self-serving plug from the author, Anne Bonney – pirate-potter.