Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tezuka Osamu collection in Ehime museum

The display inside the museum was a great insight into Tezuka Osamu's background and the museum had a movie theater where you could watch the original Astro boy cartoons. Astro boy is symbolic of Japan's rebirth after the atomic bombings. In the theater, there is a video predating Astro boy by Tezuka Osamu, it shows an American pilot who crash lands in Japan, only to be greeted by an angry Japanese man who is raising his fist in anger, then extends it out in a gesture of peace with a hand shake. You have to admire Osamu's frank and honest approach to help Japan find its place in the world today.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Korean BBQ Yami ichi Joe (Dark Market Joe's)

Dark (Black) Market Joe's is a popular Korean style BBQ hidden in the heart of Matsuyama city. Very popular with the locals. They seem surprised when a westerner fumbles their way inside their private party booths. But they are quite happy to see a visitor and the food is top notch. Saki for refreshment on the side.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Scenes from Matsuyama

The symbol of Matsuyama

Space hairstyles?

This ham and sausages are from Kamakura and quite good.

More Kamakura ham

Entering Dogo Onsen

Inside Dogo Onsen

Inside Dogo Onsen