That’s it, the school year has ended for the Lycée français international de Tokyo. Two months of holidays for the kids, a lot longer than what Japanese kids get in Japanese schools for summer.
I wasn’t going to upload more food photos this week but since @uzaigaijin and @_sparkplug kindly expressed their appreciation for such quality shots, here are a few more. As often, those were taken at lunch time in Kagurazaka.
What you can see in most places in Japan !
Took me a while to realise that this sign read Kirin Beer !
Today’s ¥1,000 lunch at Maison de la Bourguogne in Kagurazaka.
This blue stream running down the little valley in Kusatsu Onsen is made out of sulphuric hot water ! Not too hot though, just the right temperature for a dip :)
Lovely place for an afternoon tea with delicious cakes or a simple lunch !
Mamekitchi in Kusatsu Onsen is a nice shop selling all kinds of dried “beans” with dozens of flavours. You can even try them all before buying. I recommend !
Onsen tamago (温泉卵 or 温泉玉子) is a traditional Japanese boiled egg which is originally slow cooked in the water of onsen hot springs in Japan. The egg has a unique texture that the white tastes like a delicate custard (milky and soft) and the yolk comes out firm, but retains the color and creamy texture ...
Too much rain in Tokyo nowadays, even the plants have had enough of it ! Ok, to be fair I have to say that it is normal : it’s the rainy season after all.
Given the right car and the right amount of traffic, driving in the mountains of Japan can be a lot of fun. My favourite one is the Nihon Romantic Highway near Nikko: a one way road up the mountain, two lanes for yourself, pure fun ! That wasn’t romantic though : on the way down ...
Usual sight in Tokyo after a typhoon : dismantled umbrellas left dead on the streets, fallen bicycles and signs… Had to get up early to take those pictures though : everything is cleaned up very quickly – this is Japan after all !
A small Japanese version of Mordor lies North-West of Tokyo : Onioshidashi ! Check the Gallery for all the photos I took (together with a short explanation).
Driving 200km North East West of Tokyo brings you to an area with astonishing landscapes… More tomorrow :)
An illustration of what drives me crazy when driving in Japan : left lane empty, cars / trucks not moving from the right lane. One day I’ll equip my car with missiles :D
The sight of dying villages is always a depressing one, and Japan is no exception.
Around 400km in the mountains of Gunma Prefecture… beautiful sceneries, delicious food, relaxing onsens ! Get ready for a week of pictures from that short trip :)
With the 5D Mark II, it was difficult to take a photo without going unnoticed… Shutter noise is not an issue any more with the Mark III : there’s now a silent shooting mode :)
Dedicace @FloCuo @la_gondole @eriiiic @tetuko
If you lived in Japan and ever experienced Kuroneko, you must wonder, as I do, why they haven’t conquered the world and replaced DHL, Fedex, UPS… Perhaps not everyone cares about quality of service as much as the Japanese do ?
Combination of glass, steel and wood is always a killer in architecture !