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Japanese Flora and Fauna

The following images are all photos I took in Japan.  

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 Left: Plum blossoms in Kyoto, April 2014

Right: Unidentified flower in Tokyo, May 2014

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Left: a tree dripping with persimmons against a backdrop of snow, December 2013

Right: a pansy bravely shows its face despite the cold, November 2013

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Close ups of rice plants, Fukushima prefecture, August 2013

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Left: Grapes on the vine, Fukushima prefecture, August 2013

Right: an unidentified moth, Fukushima prefecture, October 2013

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Above: Bluebells peek out from a late snow, Fukushima prefecture, April 21st, 2013

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Above: Close up of blooming cherry blossoms after a late snow. Fukushima prefecture, April 21st, 2013

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Above: Snow monkeys in their natural habitat in Arashiyama, April 2013.

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Fall leaves in Fukushima prefecture, and a tree slowly being strangled by a vine. Fall 2012.

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Sites near my junior high: (Left) for some reason the summer of 2012 I saw a bunch of these guys living in a tiny marsh near my school. I would pause there each day to catch their red bodies swimming among the plants. The next summer, they were gone. (Right): some flowers planted at a house near my junior high. I’d never seen hollyhocks that color before.

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Pansies, cultivated in one of the sprawling gardens: Fukushima prefecture, May 10, 2012

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Flowers and a fern bloom in early May, Fukushima prefecture, 2012. 

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Funny Pictures from Japan

It wouldn’t really be a blog about Japan if I didn’t insert some amusing images that were captured by my very own camera here in this country. 

In many public toilet stalls you will see this device in the corner. It holds your baby for you while you relieve yourself.

In many public toilet stalls you will see this device in the corner. It holds your baby for you while you relieve yourself.

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Scurvy, be gone!: This is a sign found in front of many city parking lots. I know that it is supposed to be a fancy “T” but when I see the sign, my eyes usually read, “24h limes.” As if the city is passionate about its residents getting Vitamin C around the clock. 

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Wait, can I cook here?: This grocery store in Kyoto is called, “A kitchen.”


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For sale in Kyoto: ski masks that come with a warning


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Calling The Village People: The name of this restaurant in Kyoto is “Mr. Young Men.” Your guess is as good as mine.


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Fore!: At Koganei park in Tokyo, a sign asks guests not to practice their golf swing.


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Physical Education: in a country that loves cuteness, even the red and white blood cells can be furry stuffed animals. The school nurse at my elementary school had these on her desk one day.


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 Instructions on a soda can: The raised printing explains how the tab should be pulled forward, then pushed back in order to enjoy the drink inside.


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Tissue box covers: In Japan, they sometimes put fancy covers on tissue boxes. Here is one featuring a character from, “Nightmare before Christmas.”


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Flirting with Colonel Sanders: A hard plastic figure of Colonel Sanders stands outside KFC year round, hands outstretched to welcome chicken lovers in. At Christmas, he wears a Santa suit.


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 Um, the birth of Christ wasn’t a group picture: at Christmas time, I spied this nativity set, arranged according to height, with the animals in front and the wise men in the back.



 “COW”?: A bar of soap in a handicapped restroom at the Nico Tourism Office


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“We’ve hammered down the prices”: A sign on a vending machine, advertising the fact that it sells drinks for 100 yen instead of the 120-160 yen prices of other machines. My favorite part is the little tens who have died and are floating to heaven with angel wings.


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