Summer Miscellaneous

Summer Miscellaneous

10/7/2013

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Sumo with Konishiki

Konishiki led a group of us to the Ryogoku Stadium to watch some sumo, and then we all went to restaurant to have chankonabe, a sort of chicken and vegetable stew traditionally eaten by the wrestlers. Fun, going with someone who can give you a personal perspective on what that life is like.

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Big K and Scott McCaskie
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Big K and me (who's bigger?)
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Mushashimaru, another famous former wrestler, stopped by to chat
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Chankonabe. As you can see, mostly vegetables
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Baseball

A nice evening at Jingu Stadium watching the Yakult Swallows play Chunichi Dragons (who won 10-8)

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Swallows fans pot up these tiny umbrellas on a good play
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Ueno Park

Large park in northern Tokyo, with lots of trees, museums, a zoo, etc, etc

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Hungry koi going after breadcrumbs. See video here
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I look so happy
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Bored Gorilla
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Bored Cockatoo
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Bored Sun Conures
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These guys were not very active, for some reason
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People

My friends, etc

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Scott, Pete, Sam
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George and Peter
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Peter, Hiroko, Mark
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Satheesh and Ian's birthday dinner
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This shot and next three at some of the many "Oktoberfests" they have in the summer all around Tokyo
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At Sam's birthday party. I guess Mark and I thought it was hawaiian shirt night
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Various kiddos...

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My friends from the park, who love to poke my belly!
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Carl's daughter, Saaya, who may be the best behaved baby ever born
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Ian was misbehaving, so got a "time out" and had to sit at the kid's table :-)
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Miscellaneous

or, the "because it's Japan" section...

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The king of the giraffes?
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Little plastic office ladies guard your glass
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Will somebody tell HMV that their logo, supposedly a mushroom, looks a whole lot like something else?
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Balancing act
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The new Kabukiza Theater
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Drink called "kingyo" (goldfish) because the hot peppers look a bit like them
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In the summer they set up lots of temporary snack huts along the beach...
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... where, if you're not careful, large hawks will attack you for your food!
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