Greenery Day

Greenery Day

Yesterday was Greenery Day but spend most of it walking around concrete jungle of Tokyo.    I stopped by my favorite shop Gooz in the morning for a cup of coffee.   I love the American Gas Station pour it yourself coffee.    Its a nice mix of my old and new home…

きのうはみどりの日です。東京をさんぽしました。中目黒のグーズでコーヒーをかいました。アメリカのガソリンスタンドのコーヒーやさんみたいです。おもしろいです。懐かしい(なつかしい)です。

Japanese Word of the Day: 双子(ふたご)futago – twins, a twin.  for example:  Papa those dogs wearing sunglasses look like twins!   パパ、この犬サングラスかけてる。ふたごみたい。

Today’s configuration: Today I shot my Leica M9 and I shot all of my lens: Summilux 21mm f/1.4, Summilux 35mm f/1.4, Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.

今日のカメラ:私のライカM9をつかいます。レンズをずんぶつかいきりました。

Stopped off at Gooz in Nakameguro for some American Gas Station style coffee.

Stopped off at Gooz in Nakameguro for some American Gas Station style coffee.

Sweet Home Nakameguro…I’m coming home to you!

Nakameguro

They also have a great bakery.  I highly recommend their Hamburger… yummy.  グーズにおいしいハンバーガーがあります。おいしかったです。

Stopped off at Gooz in Nakameguro for some American Gas Station style coffee.

日本はかえません!

Japan is not for sale

Bike in Nakameguro

I love all of the cool cars I find in Tokyo.   This is a London Taxi!  東京にたくさんかっこいい車があります。

London Taxi Cab in Tokyo

Mayumi and I had time for a nice date in Nakameguro.   We went to Bonnie Butterfly.   We had the most delicious pizza and probably the most unhealthy;  lots of cheese, sausage, mayonnaise and french fries.   God it was good.    I have been in the evening as well and this place is great.   Good crowd but not too noisy.

私は真由美と中目黒でデートしました。 すごいピザたべました。チーズとマヨネーズとソーセージとフライドポテトがのっていました。すごいおいしかったです。私はマヨラーです。。。でもヘルシーじゃないですね。

Bonnie Butterfly in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Bonnie Butterfly in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

I am going to miss Nakameguro when we move.   We are going to finalize our contract tomorrow.    We are heading to the new place tomorrow to do some measuring.

Nakameguor

Tokyo Mid Town.   A massive structure. 東京ミッドタウン。 大きいですね。

Roppongi Mid Town in Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Midtown in Tokyo Japan

The National Art Center in Roppongi.   This building is so cool.  I need to come back on a nice blue sky day and reshoot this.

 

The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan

Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

Roppongi

Dog Poop Sign

Roppongi

Broken Lightbulb

I love this chicken…  このとりおもしろいです。

Roppongi Chicken Place

Roppongi Chicken Place

Bike crossing in Japan

This is cool.   You never see brick buildings in Tokyo.

Sanno Hospital…this is where Kai was born.

Sanno Hospital in Tokyo, Japan

Roppongi

Now this is how to treat a ‘homeless’ cat…  このねこのうちおもしろいです。

A very cool cat house in Tokyo, Japan

I found this great little old general’s house and small temple on the way back to Roppongi.   I couldn’t decide which photo I liked better so you get both today.

Hand washing station at Temple Entrance

Hand washing station at Temple Entrance

Wooden prayer boards hold the wishes of visitors.

Wooden prayer signs at temple in Tokyo, Japan

Temple, Tokyo, Japan

A real general’s real sword… cool!

Samurai Sword

Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Bike crossing in Japan

Cat on a leash…  かわいそうなねこです。

Cat on a leash

Hanging out drawing in the park along side Tokyo Midtown.

Drawing in the park next to Tokyo Midtown

Dogs in sunglasses. 犬がサングラスをかけています。おもしろいです。

Dogs with sunglasses on.

Little girl in park next to Tokyo Midtown

The one thing I love about Japan is everything has a cute little character or macot…This is the Tokyo Police’s Pipo-kun.   Pipo-kun even has his own theme song.   You can hear it HERE.  ピポくんです。東京警察のマスコットです。ピポくんのうたはここです。

Tokyo Police Mascot

This dog was playing soccer!  この犬はサッカーをあそんでいました。

Soccer Dog in Tokyo Japan

Day 4 with my blogging in Japanese.   What does everyone think so far?   I am really glad I started doing this.    It takes about an extra 30 or 45 minutes but it is really making me much more confident in my Japanese.   Each day it gets a little faster.    Is anyone following along or studying their Japanese with it?    Are any Japanese people following along in Japanese now?   Please leave a comment as I would love to know what people think.

日本語をかくのはたいへんです。 30分から40分ぐらいかかります。 だんだんなれてきました。どうおもいますか? 日本人は日本語だけよみますか? コメントをしてください。かんたんな日本語でよろしくおねがいします。

真由美ちゃんーいつもチェックサンキュベリマッチです。。。

As a reminder you can stay connected with ShootTokyo via Facebook, Flicker, LinkedIn, Daily Email and my weekly newsletter via the ‘Stay Connect’ tab on the left side of the screen.    See you tomorrow when I show you Tokyo from 800 feet and my dinner at the restaurant that was the scene of Uma Thurmond’s big sword fight in Kill Bill.

あしたね!

 

26 Comments

  1. 40分!(*o*) 日本語を書くことはたいへんですね。でも、がんばって!

  2. I’m sharing your site with my friend. He’s studying Japanese now and he needs all the help he can get to be better at it! :)

    The animals are cute. It’s quite unusual for a cat to be on a leash, but doggies that wear clothes are pretty much normal.

    Have you ever been to the Ghibli Museum in Inokashira Park in Mitaka? It’s a lovely place (or so I hear) especially if you like the movies by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. No pictures allowed inside though, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  3. I love the first shot of the temple’s washing area. Love those verticals in the background!

    Studying Japanese with Rosetta Stone, but only listening and speaking, not the reading part. Not yet…

    Can’t wait to see the images of the new place!

  4. Your photos always make my day Dave!
    Bokeh rules! I like the second shot at the hand washing station better. In the first shot, the sunlight filtered through the gate/doorway and reflecting off the right side of the washing station interrupts the “bokeh-nized” lines of the washing station.
    But of today’s lot, I like the wooden prayer wall the best.
    I also like the Japanese word of the day and can read along with the hiragana/katakana. I’m at a loss with the kanji but it gives me a reason to look it up and learn how to read/speak it.
    Taking an extra 30-40 mins in composing the page isn’t that bad. It is much easier to lose half a day “click-surfing” through Youtube and learn nothing at all.

  5. interesting pictures!
    how come cafe logo reminds me of Starbucks?
    and these dogs .. do they walk in the sunglasses, or they just posed for you? :))

    I don’t understand what you write in Japanese, but it sure adds flavor and visually connects to Japan :)

  6. I’m a post-bacc student in Japanese, so I’m enjoying reading your Japanese comments. It helps me with grammar and sentence structure, so I very much appreciate its addition to your lovely photos. どうもありがとう! 

  7. to me,photo n.2 of the temple is by far the best.

    ….

    did you mention where are you moving to ? (i mean, home…or even took some photos of it?)

  8. OK, gotta ask, IF you had only one of those 3 lenses and shooting these scenes as you do, which one would you have. And thank you so very much for all these wonderful images.

  9. Greetings from Colombia. I am really enjoying your Japanese. My two great passions are Japan and photography, so you’re giving me both.
    My only suggestion is for you to write the Japanese lines below the English ones instead of next to them.

    Thanks Dave.

  10. Wow, that National Art Center building looks very cool indeed!

  11. Galina – The dogs were actually wearing sunglasses as they walk around (believe it or not)

  12. Gretchen – Glad it is useful for you. I am surprised how useful it actually is for me and it is really helping my Japanese after only a few days. I am glad I did this. I can do with 1 less hour of sleep a day…

  13. Thanks Matthew… Hopefully it reduces to 20 minutes soon…

  14. Hi Patty – Thanks. I like the first one as well. I think there are mixed feelings on it as a lot of people like the second. Good on your for studying Japanese. I tried Rosetta and it just didn’t work for me. I do Minna No Nihongo (everyone’s Japanese). It works well for me. I probably won’t be posting images of my new place on here as I need to keep a little privacy. Maybe when I get my office set up I can post a photo of ShootTokyo HQ. You will see tons of neighborhood shots…

  15. Hi Mart – Thanks. I think the exact same way…skip the 30 minutes of waste on the web or with TV and trade it for studying. I’ll try to put some (hiragana) when I use Kanji that isn’t common. Good luck!

  16. Hi Marco – We are going to move to Jiyugaoka. It is another neighborhood in Tokyo. Very fashionable and popular on the weekends.

  17. Easy my 50mm Noctilux f/0.95… I have learnt to love shooting all of them but this one is my favorite by far right now. I love bokeh and nothing can deliver it like this can.

  18. Thanks Anderson for the feedback. I’ll make sure to put the Japanese on a different line. Glad I can combine the two passions for you.

  19. Hi Dave,

    I’ve enjoyed your blog daily for a little while now, more so since you’ve added Japanese. Great reading practice, as well as inspiration for me to practice my writing some more. がんばろう。

  20. Hi Cameron – Glad you like the Japanese addition. がんばんれましょう!

  21. Dave,

    Thanks for doing this. I visit your blog at least 3-4 times a week – all the way from Canada.
    I was wondering if it would be possible for you add to the Romanji version of the sentences?

    Thanks!

  22. Hi AJ – Thanks for visiting and glad you like the site. I am adding romanji to the Japanese Word of the Day. I don’t think I can add romanji to all of the post comments as well. It is a little complicated with two languages already. I think a third would be too confusing for readers. If you are trying to learn Japanese, I suggest you learn Hiragana and Katakana. Your pronunciation will improve very quickly. I taught myself those in a few days of study. It can easily be done with a little practice.

  23. Dave, I love the photo of the little girl.

  24. Charlotte – She was cute and posed nicely for me!

  25. Hi Dave
    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now. I love it! Makes me very なつかしい for Japan. It’s like getting a small fix of Japan until I can manage my next visit! I teach Japanese at an Australian high school so now that you have started adding your comments in 日本語 I’m going to be recommending they follow your blog!

  26. Thanks Janelle for the comments and thanks for sharing the site. I am glad you like it.

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