Sunday, October 25, 2009

Post Office

Across the street from the main branch of the post office in Matsuyama. Japanese post offices are serious business. It is more like a bank lobby than anything else. A very busy place and helpful and serious at the same time.

Construction Safety

Safety is taken seriously in Japan. Even construction sites are well managed for safety. Japan has got to be the safest place on earth as well as the most lovely.

Matsuyama Bread Shop

A bread shop in Matsuyama that was one of the better ones, unfortunately it is closed now. The Japanese take their bread seriously.

Used Car Lot - Japanese Style

This is a used car lot in Japan. They look brand new.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Construction in Japan

Most places you travel in Japan, there is construction going on. The Japanese are meticulous. It may seem like it takes forever, yet one day the project is completed.

Driver's License - Japanese Style!

Welcome to Ehime Prefecture's Driver's License Center.

Behind the building lies the Seto Inland Sea.


The lecture room. After the applicant is tested for vision, they are given a serious lecture on what has been updated to the traffic laws. For example, it is now required that passengers in the back seat wear seat-belts, as before it was optional. The Japanese take their driving very seriously.

The lecture was punctual and the audience was respectful and no cell phones were allowed. An older gentleman gave the lecture.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Matsuyama Street Food

In downtown Matsuyama, this is a local store known for its excellent eel.

An easy and delicious meal to pick up on the way home.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hitting the Streets of Matsuyama

The local English language school. The teaching jobs are filled by native English speakers.

Most everyplace you go there is freshly made food. The food stands are on wheels and are taken inside at night.

Looks good enough to eat!!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Prius Big in Japan

Automated Japanese Parking Machine. The Japanese will automate most anything they can. Works great and no vandalism.

The Japanese love their cars as much as anyone. The Toyota Prius is very popular in Japan and owning one is a big status symbol. The waiting time for a Toyota Prius is much less than in the USA - obviously.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dogo Yumekura

Leaving Dogo Yumekura

Looking over Dogo Onsen recreation and spa area at night.