Posts Tagged ‘ Pontocho ’

Dogs ・犬

Early August.  About six weeks before this post.  I was in Tokyo and my American client had just left for the airport.  I had a few more days in Japan’s capital, and a couple of meetings to make for second of several projects which took me to Japan.  I checked-out of the nicer, Nihonbashi (my photo) area hotel (that the client had paid for) and headed over to the Ikebukuro District to hole-up at a less expensive, not-your-usual hotel (my photo) during the rest of my time in Tokyo.  I’ll work-up a piece on that and a couple other hotels and post that next week.  For now, though, I just want to share a few photos of a woman walking her dog.  Nothing special about a woman walking her dog in Tokyo.  Except I don’t recall ever seeing a woman, or a man, walking their dog(s) this way .  .  .

Walking the Dogs. Ikebukuro District. Tokyo. August 2011.


Multitasking. Ikebukuro District. Tokyo. August 2011.


Exercise: Rags & Trixie Feel the Burn. Ikebukuro. August 2011.

Update:  A couple of emails have asked me, “So, you were taking pics of this woman and her dogs from afar, and then you’ve got this one close up.  What happened there?”  The easy answer I walked up to her and struck-up a short conversation, asked her if I could take a picture of her doggies.  She was really nice, seemed flattered and said, “Please do  ( 「どうぞ」 ).”

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Then there was the dog walking around in front of the Soft Bank phone store, just a few blocks away .  .  .

Earlier that Day... Ikebukuro District, Tokyo. August 2011.


Down in Kyoto, along Pontocho, there’s this sign, which I’ve walked past many times over the past few years .  .  .


I can’t take my own poo-poo (ウンチ) back home so I’d appreciate 

       it if you’d take if back home [for me]!!


Post Script –

I have a doggy, too .  .  .

Chloe goes wild.


Tag – this theme’s “it” for a while.

Earlier today LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com updated its appearance.  Those new to this site won’t know the difference.  For those who’ve visited over the past 10 months, since this site’s/blog’s launch, will notice right away that this “Monochrome” format (that’s what it’s called:  Monochrome), with its clean gray-black borders, really helps the photography stand out a whole lot better than the all-white site.

=  Note to those who found there way here via a Tag:  Feel free to use the site Search Engine (bottom right-hand side) and enter the term/tag/post/info you’re looking for.  One or more posts/stories/galleries, etc. should pop up for you. =

Also quite different (than just 24 hours ago):  the top of the page has very few tabs.  Now each photo gallery is clickable through the drop-down tab (GALLERIES) at the page top, as are the stories, via the STORIES drop-down tab.

Finally, I ought to note that a couple of weeks ago I made a Facebook page for LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com to keep Facebook aficionados updated on posts and featured galleries and stories here.  I’ve also started posting a few Facebook-only comments, features and photos on the LetsJapan.Wordpress.Com Facebook page.

A photo apropos to nothing in this post.  I took in in Kyoto this past November and, well, I like it.

Finally, I’m “tagging” this post with many of my photo gallery and story themes and post topics (below and in prior pages) in hopes that this or that random googler will stumble upon this site and what it has to — and will — offer.

Hope you enjoy . . .



Over the past several months, since I began self-publishing some of my short stories, I’ve received some encouraging responses from both long time friends and  (former)  strangers.  Some have commented at the end of the stories, some of my “Facebook Friends” have written complimentary things through that conduit and a few people have just sent nice emails.  Thank you.  Currently, several more stories are “in the works”.  I plan on beginning to post those over coming weeks.  And still more are “in development”, as they say.  Stay tuned.

Anyway, I thought I’d pause and run through the list (see atop this Front Page) and give a line or two synopsis of each story, for those who either haven’t even thought to check them out, or for anyone who wants to know what they’re all about before diving into any of them.

Along the Sea of Japan


Estuko,my short epic.  A love triangle/quadrangle that plays out over the course of a year, from rural Japan to Deep South America, and eventually reverberates though almost two decades.  Obligation: a conversation between me and a Japanese Teacher-of-English about the word “Obligation” (or, “Duty”), its use on a nationally broadcast radio program the night before, and how an otherwise culturally pitch-perfect American expat mortified listeners throughout Japan (or made them die laughing, whichever may be the case).  Sparkle of Your China (actually, this story’s named “Delegation”, but I like linking via “Sparkle of Your China”) —  A small group of “local delegates” from Alabama learn some of the business, cultural and political ropes over the course of several days in Northern China.  Canadians Do Kobe, wherein my Cunuck friend, Lois, and one of her friends from “back home” enjoy Kobe.  The story ends with a couple of twists, and pretty much fails to answer the question:  “How do you apologize to someone for something you dare not discuss with or admit to them?”  If that sounds confusing, just read it and you’ll understand.  India Brain Gametells of my serial misadventures in an attempt to meet a prominent neuroscientist on behalf of a client.  From masala chai on the side of the road, to armed guards, to botched translations (entirely my fault, of course, as I’m on their “home turf”), to Hindware.

In the small town of Iwai-cho, an hour or so outside of Kyoto.


A Night in Kyoto—  I and someone I used to know savor a low-key night on the town.  We eat, drink, argue, laugh and love against the backdrop of beautiful and ever-quirky Kyoto.  Enlightenment,  wherein I’m invited to meditate with several of “the guys” at my neighborhood Temple.

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Please feel free to stop by my Photo Galleries, too, also accessible by just clicking the gallery link atop this page.  As a an invitation and for your information, I should also mention that if you go to the bottom of this page you’ll see where you can click a tab for “Older Entries”, which go back to this previous autumn, summer and late spring of ’09, when I started-up this whole thing.  Enjoy.

Kinosaki Onsen.  Autumn 2001.

どうぞごゆっくり . . .