15105-050 January 4

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03104007.jpg  January 4,  2003

In the night it kept raining and in the morning was very cold.

A stump and the road were freezing. The winter of 2003 was the coldest in these fifteen years.

(代々木八幡、Yoyogihachiman,  Shibuya ward)

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The left cake is real and the right is abstract.

(榮太樓、Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

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130104005cx6.jpg  January 4,  2013

The green wire net structure is the playground for squirrels.

(高円寺南、Koenjiminami,  Sginami ward)

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15105-049 January 3

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03103005.jpg   January 3,  2003

During the lunch time, It began snowing.

(Yoyogihachiman,  Shibuya ward)

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08104007.jpg   January 4, 2008

I didn’t take a picture on January 3.

This is a offertory box in front of the shrine

(馬橋神社、Koenjiminami,  Suginami ward)

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130103009cx6.jpg   January 3,  2013

This big book store was closed for the earthquake-proof construction.

I miss it.

(成田東4丁目、Naritahigasi,  Suginami ward)

15105-049 Januray 2

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03102024.jpg   January 2,  2003

I began to work  to patrol around the road construction site.

(山手通り、Yoyogihachiman,  Shibuya ward)

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08102003.jpg   January 2,  2008.

In the new year ‘s holiday without work,  I cooked every day.

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130102010cx6.jpg  January 2,  2013

I love donuts like the children.

(阿佐谷南、Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

15105-047 January 1er

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03101003.jpg   January 1er , 2003

They visited to the shrine to prey their healthy and lucky life all through the year.

(神明宮、Asagayakita,  Suginami ward)

 

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08101006.jpg  January 1em ,  2008

They bring to the last year fortune goods to burn it in the bonfire  And They purchase the new goods for 2008.

(神明宮、Asagayakita,  Suginami ward)

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130101022cx6.jpg   January 1er,  2013

I stopped at my favorite coffee stand after a long walk of the New Years day.   This stand would be closed in the February.

(キリンコーヒー、阿佐ヶ谷北、Asagayakita, Suginami ward)

 

 

15105-046 December 31

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02c31013.jpg  December 31,  2002

This is the last shot of the 2002.   I’ve just prepared the New Year’s meal.

I’d already eaten half of the roll cake. haha

The first year in the security company passed.

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07c31018.jpg   December 31,  2007

Japanese has a habit of taking Soba or Udon noodle on the last day of the year.

Soba is buckwheat and Udon is made of wheat flour.

We think the long noodle is a symbol of long life.

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121231004cx6.jpg  December 31,  2012

In front of the Tempura diner,  the women called the people to get their Tempura and noodle.  The plastic bags with a name card are for the preservation.

This end of the year I couldn’t have oily food ,  so I bought only plain flour noodle.

(天丼てんや、阿佐ヶ谷北、Asagayakita,  Suginami ward)

 

15105-045 December 30

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02c30007.jpg   December 30,  2002

I stopped at a coffee shop above the Shinjuku station to take a rest with a dish of cake.  The view of the evening sky and the town charmed me.

( 西新宿1丁目、Nishisinjuku,  Suginami ward )

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07c30001.jpg  December 30,  2007

I don’t remember when I took this picture of mine.  It’s a picture for the identification card, sure.   I stick it on the face of an animation character which I got at a lottery of a book store.

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They would close their women clothing shop and a coffee shop in the back on the next day.  The old sisters had run there.

I loved their coffee and cakes to visit there at least once a month.  I miss their hot coffee and the atmosphere of the old Japanese coffee shop.

(Cobu, 阿佐谷南、Asagayaminami,  Suginami word.)

 

15105-044 Dcember 29

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02c29002.jpg   December 29,  2002

The night my three tooth mends broke.  I made up mind changing the dentist.

But good dentist is very few.  Now I’ve lost six teeth.  Two years ago,  I gave it up to visit a dentist not to break my remains beyond then.

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07c29025.jpg   December 29,  2007

There are about four hundreds Denny’s in Japan.

They have succeeded to make a favorable image for the family use.

I sometimes use this dinner beside the main street of Asagaya.

The evening not a many customers and kids played around their parents.

( The Denny’s , 阿佐谷南、 Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

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121229003cx6.jpg   December 29,  2012

Tako-yaki is a grilled flour ball with a small piece of an Octopus leg.

It’s a very popular snack in the central Japan.  In Osaka,  they have an electric takoyaki maker ( iron plate) in all of the families.  Why they love so much the tako-ball?  I don’t know.

But it is so good as soon as those are baked.  Once it gets cold,  the vapor flies away and the ball gets flat to be tasted bad.

(阿佐谷北、Asagayakita, Suginami ward)

 

 

15105-043 December 28

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02c28004.jpg   December 28,  2002.

I happened to take a picture of the shadows of a wagtail.

(Zenpukuji river,  Nishiogiminami,  Suginami ward)

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07c28006.jpg   December 28,  2007

A picture of Seiji Togo and the view of the Hongo avenue.

I often stopped into this cake shop , The Alps.  Seiji Togo is a famous and popular painter in Japan.  I love watching his picture with eating a ….a few pieces of cake.

(The Alps,  駒込3丁目、Komgagome,  Toshima ward)

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121228071cx6.jpg   December 28, 2012

I completely got exhausted to die at this crossing where I should cross for the last patrol place.  The head quarter  gave me bad information and useless maps the day before.  They said those were completely exact because that they had checked up with themselves.  Really, they only used telephone.

They were all liars like the Japanese government.  I started at 6:30 and at this crossing, at 19:30.  I had been wondering around the western suburbs of Tokyo.  It was the longest and hardest day in my life.

At last, I cried to them over the mobile phone,  “You are all liars and XXXX!  I will never accept the patrol job again! My stomach is bleeding again!  Can you say anything to me?”

I got so angry that, the next day,  I felt a sort of refreshment and the bleeding stopped.

(上石神井、Kamishakujii,  Nerima ward)

 

 

 

15105-042 December 27

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02c27002.jpg  December 27,  2002

In the middle of Tokyo we rarely watch the ice needles.  In the suburbs the frost on the ground is common view of the Winter.  The dwellers in suburbs say they live with the true normal rule of the earth and we, the town dwellers,  are in the mad weather country.

The December 27 was the coldest day before the New Year holidays so that the girls didn’t come to the park.

(Nshiogiminami,  Suginai ward)

 

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07c27002.jpg   December 27,  2007

In a shopping street of Asagaya,  I was astonished to be questioned by this little girl?

“What do you take a picture?”   “People.”

“Why do you take pictures of them?”

I can’t find the words….and said, ” I’ll take your picture. OK?”

“Yes, you can.”

(阿佐ヶ谷パール街,  Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

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Nobody watch the seasonal illumination.  But without it,  I will miss it.

(Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

 

 

15105-041 December 26

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02c26003n.jpg  December 26,  2002

Do they remember these happy days, still?

I will never forget this park and these happy girls in the Christmas holidays.

(西荻南、Nishiogiminami,  Suginami ward)

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07c26004.jpg   December 26,  2007

Japanese change their mind from Christmas day ( for them, Christmas day is only the evening of December 24….I call it a Christmas Cake Eve)  to the preparation for the New Year holidays on December 25.)   The Japanese sweets makers begin to display the cake for New Year.  As those are for the New Year,  we should have them after the January 1st.

But my handle name in the world of internet has been CAKETAER.  Once they display it in their show window,  I can’t stop eating it.

(栄太楼、阿佐谷南、 Asagayaminami,  Suginami ward)

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121226014cx6.jpg  December 26,  2012

They used the abandoned bike as a fallen leaves dust bin.

(豊玉中2丁目、Toyotamanaka,  Nerima ward)