Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Naruto in Postage Stamp

Animation Hero and Heroine series No.11
I have already introduced you anime stamps.
Japan Post Service issued the 11th series of "Animation Hero and Heroin Series" on 23 0ctober.
This new series feature "Naruto Shippuden".
You can see characters of the anime in postage stamps.

Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha SasukeUzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke

Sakura Haruno and Kakashi HatakeSakura Haruno and Kakashi Hatake

Sai and Shikamaru NaraSai and Shikamaru Nara

Deidara and Itach UchihaDeidara and Itach Uchiha

Jiraiya and 4th HokageJiraiya and 4th Hokage

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Real Scale Gundam

This statue of Gundam was built for 30th anniversary of Gundam.
( Gundam started on TV in 1979. )
It is 18 meter tall.
And it is real scale of RX-78-2 Gundam.
It stands at shiokaze-park in odaiba until end of this month.

Monday, June 22, 2009


miniature round fanMiniature round fan.

miniature folding fanMiniature folding fan.

I took these photos at a shopping mall in Tokyo station.
That shop is named "Mamegui" (まめぐい).
They sell lovely small crafts.
I think you can find nice souvenir of Japan at the shop.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hondoji Temple

five-storied pagoda in hondoji temple
Last Sunday, I visited hondoji temple.
It is a temple located Matsudo city, Chiba prefecture.
This temple is a noted places of hydrangea and Japanese iris.
Those flowers are typical flower of Jun.

hydrangea in the temple
hydrangea in the temple
hydrangea in the temple
iris pond in the temple
iris pond in the temple
iris pond in the temple
iris pond in the temple
iris pond in the temple
These photos were taken, Jun , 07 , 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Anime Stamps

anime stamps (GeGeGe no Kitaro)
anime stamps (Detective Conan)
Japanese love anime.
So, anime characters appear in stamps.

I took these photos in a post office.
Those are "Animation Hero and Heroine series of stamp".
One sheet has ten pieces of stamps which has different design.

Photo above is "GeGeGe no Kitaro".
Photo below is "Detective Conan".

Sunday, May 31, 2009


poster of a sunscreen
We, Japanese use many onomatopoeia.

This photo is a poster of a sunscreen.
Slogan of this product is "Sara-Sara Summer".

"Sara-Sara" is a Japanese onomatopoeia.
It express sound something ( water, sand etc ) flowing smoothly.
"Sara-Sara" also means squeaky clean.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Peko-chan in Ginza

peko-chan in ginza
I took the photo above in front of Fujiya building in Ginza, Tokyo.
I think you have already seen her in my article of "Hello Kitty in the parade" on this blog.
Peko-chan is a mascot of Fujiya that is food maker.
Do you know she is 6 years old eternity ?

fujiya building in ginza
Photo above is Fujiya building in ginza.
It stands at a corner of sukiyabashi crossing.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hello Kitty in the Parade

Hello Kitty in the parade
Ginza Yanagi Matsuri ( Ginza Willow Festival ) was held on May 5.
In the photo above, you can see Hello Kitty in the parade.
She caught so much attention from girls.

Hello Kitty in Ginza Yanagi Matsuri
Hello Kitty and Peko-chan By the way, do you know the girl with Hello Kitty?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Coin Internet Service

coin internet service
coin internet serviceI took these photos at a shopping mall in Tokyo railway station.
You can access internet with those machines by paying 100 yen every 10 minutes.
Do you think that it is expensive?
Anyway, it seems convenient for busy businessman.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Samurai Head Piece in Hyakuen Shop

samurai head pieceI took this photo in a hyakuen shop.
Those lovely samurai head pieces are for boy's day.
May 5 is a national holiday as "children's day" in Japan.
but originally that day is boy's day called "tango no sekku".

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hello Kitty Bus

Hello Kitty bus
Hello Kitty bus
Hello Kitty bus
This is a Hello Kitty tour bus.
You can see many Hello Kitty not only outside of the bus but also inside of the bus.
This bus is a "Hato Bus" which for Tokyo sight seeing in a day.
You can enjoy Tokyo" with Hello Kitty.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Miniature Cha-ya ( 茶屋 )

miniature cha-ya
miniature cha-ya

Cha-ya ( 茶屋 ) is a traditional Japanese rest house in old time.
Those are miniature cha-ya.
I took these photo in a 100 yen shop.
Those are sold as penny box.
Even miniature, it has a nostalgic atmosphere.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

No Enter

construction sign

This is a construction sign in Japan.
The character is mangatic (animetic).
He has very big eyes.

construction sign

You can see four kanji symbols in the photo above.
"立入禁止" means no enter.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


chindon-yaI took this photo on a main street of my city.
Chindon-ya means traditional street performers (marching band) who advertise for local business.
When I was a little boy, I used to see chindon-ya.
But in these days, I rare see them.
And I think that the style of chindon-ya(in this photo) is a little different from chindon-ya in old days.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hello Kitty Popcorn Machine

Hello kitty popcorn vending machine
I took this photo in a supermarket.
This is a hello kitty popcorn vending machine.
You can buy hot popcorn by it.
It is popular among little girls.

You can choose flavor among three flavors, caramel, salt, and butter.

Friday, April 10, 2009


hanami in the park Hanami (花見) means cherry blossom viewing in English.
It is a Japanese traditional custom which celebrate spring.
Japanese really love cherry blossom.

I took the photo above in ueno park that is a popular hanami point in Tokyo.
Please check my article Hanami in ueno park on my blog Tokyo Snap Photo.
Many people enjoy hanami party in the park.

hanami in a river side
I took the photo above at a river side in my city.
A mother and her children have a lunch under cherry blossom.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Matcha Oreo

This is a matcha flavored MacFurry.
Matcha is a powdered green tea.
Matcha is used in the Japanese tea ceremony as tea.
Also, it is often used for flavouring foods.
Matcha has a refreshing bitter taste.
It is good with sweet.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Glasses Cleaning

ultrasonic cleaning machine
ultrasonic cleaning machine
"Megane drug" is a well known glasses chain store in Japan.
This ultrasonic cleaning machine is set in front of stores of megane drug.
You can cleaning your glasses free by using this machine.