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    Journey to Japan

    A good friend of mine is currently spending his vacation in Japan. I thought I'd share some of the pictures he has sent me of his travels so far...


    Backstreet view


    Tokyo Skyline - West from Mori Tower (I think)


    Looking East from Mori Tower (I think)


    Tokyo City Hall


    Imperial Castle Grounds


    Asahi Headquarters - Apparently the sculpture (?!) is referred to by the locals as "the golden turd"

    Transportation...


    Interior of Shibuya Metro Station


    Tokyo area commuter rail - Shokado line


    Nakamura Short Line - Toonerville Trolley?

    Urban Grit...Nippon-style - Akihabara District







    Miscellaneous...


    Haze Kannon




    The Great Buddha


    Mmmm...tasty drink Tommy!


    Fish Heads Fish Heads, la la la la Fish Heads!

    Hopefully more pictures coming soon.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tranplanner View post

    Mmmm...tasty drink Tommy!
    Ah, Japan: land of the curious vending machine
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Ah, Japan: land of the curious vending machine
    It was in Japan where I first found beer and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches in vending machines... often in the same vending machines.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    It was in Japan where I first found beer and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches in vending machines... often in the same vending machines.
    The strangest vending machine I ever saw over there was one that sold 'certified' used women's underwear
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    The strangest vending machine I ever saw over there was one that sold 'certified' used women's underwear
    I was going to mention those but thought better of it for fear of offending some.

    Japan truly had some weird stuff. The strangest everyday object turned creep that I ever saw was a set of urinals in a bar Kobe designed to look like a bunch of anime school girls in various poses and states of undress.
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I was going to mention those but thought better of it for fear of offending some.

    Japan truly had some weird stuff. The strangest everyday object turned creep that I ever saw was a set of urinals in a bar Kobe designed to look like a bunch of anime school girls in various poses and states of undress.
    If that doesn't set off one's 'ethnocentrism alarm' then nothing will.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Ah, Japan: land of the curious vending machine
    Tommy is BOSS!
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Japan has one vending machine for every 23 people. I've been on mountain roads with no lights and seen Coca Cola vending machines. And some of them scream at you. Horrible.

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    Since we're talking Japan...

    Tokyo Sky Tree


    Baby Transports


    Nakamise Shopping Street


    Spare the rod...

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