I am enjoying my blog in Japanese as well as English.  I am glad I have something that reinvigorated my Japanese Study.  I picked up a couple of good study tools this week focused on reading and listening skills.  I am going to take the official Japanese Language Proficiency Exam on December 4th.  I think I will take level N3 but haven’t decided which level for sure.   If anyone else is studying along on this site I would love to hear from you, drop me a line.    Also if you are a native Japanese speaker, please feel free to drop me a mail to correct any mistakes you see in my Japanese.

Today is Random Saturday, as I was cleaning up my Lightroom a bit today and had a lot of photos still to post… starting with The Star Lounge in Shibuya.


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.  I also shot my Canon 5DMKII with a 24-70 f/2.8.


Star Lounge in Shibuya Tokyo, Japan

I pass this bike all of the time in Shinjuku…


Green bike in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

My S4…


My Audi S4タクシーで。。。

Bokeh out my taxi window

I have a business trip to Hong Kong next week, starting on Tuesday.   Last time I went to Kong Kong I ate at Ruth Chris.  God I love this place.   Steak dipped in butter…it doesn’t get much better.    I usually skip lunch the day of and breakfast the day after to fit this all in.


Ruth Chris Steak House in Hong Kong

Ruth Chris Steak House in Hong Kong

A band in front of Shibuya Station.


Bands outside train stations in Tokyo

I love Dean and Deluca sometimes… it makes me think of New York City.  I use to go there a lot when I worked in the city.

Dean and Deluca in Japan



Hachiko in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Free Hachiko!

Free Hachiko



7-11 and Amazon.com Danbo

I love this message…

Hair Salon

Lotus in Jingumae…. yummy.


Lotus in Omotesando

Lotus in Omotesando

Lotus in Omotesando

Lotus in Omotesando

Lotus in Omotesando

Lotus in Omotesando


Taxi bokeh…


Taxi stand in front of GT Square in Nakameguro

No respect…

No Respect for Bike Parking in Nakameguro

1,000 Yen Cut…but they were closed.


1,000 Yen Haircut in Nakameguro

Dog Hotel and Trimming Studio in Nakameguro

So was this place…


Dog Hotel and Trimming Studio in Nakameguro

x marks the spot

I finally went to a salon…as my hair was getting long (relatively speaking)

Hair Salon in Nakameguro

Hair Salon in Nakameguro

Hair Salon in Nakameguro

Hair Salon in Nakameguro

Hair Salon in Nakameguro



Mega Mac in Japan

I care about myself….so I went for Sushi.


Sushi in Shinjuku

Sushi in Shinjuku

..and a starbucks coffee with low fat milk (my favorite).


Starbucks Coffee in Shinjuku

I noticed out my window that they were washing the building…

Building Washing in Tokyo

First Kitchen in Tokyo

Stopped by MAP camera for a browse…

Leica Sale

Leica Sale

Mayumi, Kai and I went to the park this morning to play…  We found a butterfly on the way.    Kai loves butterflies so we spend some time…

今朝私は真由美ちゃんと海ちゃんとこうえんに行きました。 ちょうちょをみました。 海ちゃんはちょうちょがすきです。

Butterfly in Nakameguro

Japanese Word of the Day: 前回(ぜんかい)zenkai – previous time, last time, previous session



The last time I ate at McDonald’s I felt sick.

I was playing around tonight with the slide show feature on my blog so enjoy…