Cream Soda, Hello Kitty and the Moment of Truth

Cream Soda, Hello Kitty and the Moment of Truth

I have been very busy the past few days getting ready for my trips to Hong Kong and China.   I have a 8am flight to Hong Kong.   I am flying out of Haneda again.  I love that they have opened up Haneda for some international flights.    I prefer a 30 minute cab ride to a 2 hour bus ride any day. 

Cream Soda
Cream Soda

Hello Kitty is everywhere.   I heard Hooters even had a Valentines Day promotion with Hello Kitty.   Strange combination.

Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty

I have been listening to the Metallica S&M album a lot lately.   I love this album.  It is a live concert of Metallica from 1999 being backed up by the 80 piece San Francisco Symphony.

Metallica S&M
Metallica S&M
Parking
Parking
Hot Dog
Hot Dog

Animals with bikes...

Bike and a dog
Bike and a dog
Roster and a Bike
Roster and a Bike

Interesting store windows...

Hey Now
Hey Now
Underwear Window
Underwear Window
Back lite American Flag
Back lite American Flag
Jiyugaoka Station
Jiyugaoka Station
On the Toyoko Line
On the Toyoko Line

What a polite way to let people know you are closing... "Hmmm, let's put a chair and some flowers in their way to suggest that not coming in now is the best option to maintain harmony."

Closed, politely
Closed, politely
Jiyugaoka Store Window
Jiyugaoka Store Window
Old man in Jiyugaoka Station
Old man in Jiyugaoka Station
Ebisu Station
Ebisu Station

Beijing is freezing this time of year so I ran out pick up a hat a pair of gloves.

Mont Bell
Mont Bell

...and I found slippers!   It is very frustrating to have a shoe size of 11.5 when the biggest shoes in Japan at size 11.  These happen to run a bit big so I am in business.

Slippers at Mont Bell
Slippers at Mont Bell
Izakaya in Ebisu
Izakaya in Ebisu
Izakaya in Ebisu
Izakaya in Ebisu

Construction is very interesting in Japan as you can't simply close things while you work on them, like this train station, so it is done in such a way to keep everything functioning.

Construction at Ebisu Station
Construction at Ebisu Station

Nice and warm with my very stylish Mont-Bell hat...

Me in the mirror
Me in the mirror

Have a look at the past 55 years of World Press Photos.   There are some truly amazing, touching, iconic and sometimes heart breaking photos.   Should the photographer have gotten involved in some of these instances or was it more important that they told the story to the world?

Thanks for stopping by...

En Route Hong Kong

En Route Hong Kong

Work, Subways and Restaurants

Work, Subways and Restaurants

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