Sunday, January 31, 2010

Himehiko Hot Spring

Entrance to the hot spring, notice the off angle window on the 2nd floor, upper right?

Toshihiko Spa
The spa is located in the hot spring section of downtown Matsuyama.

Waiting area adjacent to the lobby. Bathing is both a physical and social function.

Tatami to relax on before and after bathing.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

On the way to the spa

Typical apartment living

A taxi driver once asked me if in America, if they have all their cables overhead like in Japan. My answer was yes and no. In newer developments, all the cabling is underground. The reason the Japanese don't do that is primarily due to earthquakes, I believe.

You don't own a car in Japan unless you have a place to park it. It's the law.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

On the Road in Japan

Gas station in the hot spring area of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku Island, Japan.

Notice the color and shapes of the license plates, the one on the right is cloud shaped.

There are full service garages and there are full service Japanese garages. Best service I've seen. More to come on garages.

"Kids Moto Inside" is a take-off on the Intel Inside logo.

Aout care? Most likely meant to be Auto Care.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Scenes from around town

Most homes do not have a clothing dryer. Laundry is hung out to dry inside or outside, depending on the weather.

You don't see many dirty cars on the streets.

Have Hair and Make Kids at the same time!

Parking for Kids!

Honda Cars Japan

Honda Cars Japan

Saturday, January 2, 2010

1960's Japanese Postcards - Lake Hamana

Bentenjima Island & New Tokaido Line: Lake Hamana

A Pleasure Boat going along Seto: Lake Hamana

Kanzanji Spa as viewed from the observatory on Mt. Okusa: Lake Hamana

Visit the Lake Hamana website link and compare the pictures of yesterday and today.

Lake Hamana

Edo-Tokyo Museum - January 1995

The museum opened its doors in 1993. It has mixed reviews. Some people don't like it, some do. It is a decent museum as it does chronicle what daily life was like in Edo. The museum does an excellent job transitioning Edo to present day Tokyo. The displays are impressive. It is a worthwhile place to visit.

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Friday, January 1, 2010

How To Ride Tokyo Subways - 1995

January 1995

An extremely useful piece of literature, which guided many visitors in Tokyo to successfully navigate the wonderful Tokyo Subway system.

Tokyo Subway Map Today

Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.

Visit Tokyo's Metro's Website.

Map of Tokyo - 1995

January 1995. The design is made up of empty cigarette boxes. Back in 1995, people could still smoke in offices.