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Japan

Parking is a big problem. Things didn`t start out to be this way. When I was growing up, there were hardly any cars on the rural roads. Many roads were not paved, either, and they didin`t need to be wide. As the number of the cars increased, the streets widened, and they came nearer and nearer to the houses.
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very small train station. The local service is about once an hour. Still, there is a waiting room, benches, washrooms, flowers, etc. for the convenience of the passengers. When it`s very cold, the station attendant often invites the people into the warmed station room. Attendants and passengers often know each other well. Things are changing everywhere, and rapidly, but this sort of friendly exchange around the public transport is something I like.
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On the other hand, this one is a fair size station. It`s way more lively, but much less human. Train station at least used to be the centre of activities. There are still lots of stores and services in and around the stations.
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And here is a very small business operating in front of the modern station.
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`Koban` means tiny police staton. Besides the major stations, there are lots of kobans throughout the country. Some are live-ins, and others are not. They are very handy when you are lost, found something on the street, or going away for a while, or whatever. They are usually very friendly and helpful. In the by-gone era, the officers in the local kobans were considered to be in the responsible class like the village chief and the school teachers. Things are not really so now.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-24 20:58

Japan

Morning glories are still in bloom, and it`s late November. I love the weather here.
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Here`s another thing I love about Japan. Beautiful cakes. They are so pretty, so tasty, and the variety is unbelievable.
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This is a cafe in a quiet village. It is quite common to see people starting a store at home. Business and residence are not devided so strictly like in Canada. Places like this make the town more interesting, I think. But modern planning tend to devide industries apart from residence.
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It`s also common to see small, odd bits of space used for gardening. Small farmers are rapidly aging and giving up farming. There used to be farmers` market which sold local produce from gardens like this.
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Welcome to real Japan. Old and new all mixed up.
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Very popular noodle store. Japan has a reputation of extremely expensive country, but it is not necessarily so. For 480 yen including tax (about $4.80 Cdn), one can have a bowl of noodle and as much of various dishes. These stores often hire local house wives who cook country meals, and they even buy vegetables from the employees.
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Naturally, the business is doing well.
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However, I personally cannot eat that much. Too bad. They are mostly vegetable dishes.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-24 20:50

Japan

this used to a busy downtown shopping street.
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A large shopping mall was built right beside the downtown shopping streets. The result goes without saying much.
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Even older downtown shopping street. It used to have a roof until recently. There is hardly any businesses left now.
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A very small store operating in front of the shopping mall.
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Old train staion. Railway is still a big part of transportation. train travel is popular also.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-22 16:26

Japan

Rice fields after harvest.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-22 16:20

Japan

note the size of the car and the width of the road.
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Stone-made deities for the protection of those who are on the road. There are all sorts of other deities also.
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Shinto shrine
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Shrine yard is often children`s play ground.
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Airing out Futons on sunny days is important in a humid climate. And futons smell `like the sun`. Also laundries are drying in the sun along with bitter (or tannic) persimmons.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-22 16:07

Japan in November 2007

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Yello flags that read `Crossing`. These are places at the very busy intersections. They are not as common as they used to be.
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Post box indicating the time of collection.
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Hand-written signs inside a large dollar store (Hundred Yen store, that is)
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Bus stop with the time table and a bench. The name of each stop is indicated, too.
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-22 15:42

Japan as it is now in 2007 November

Persimmon trees bearing tons of fruits
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by ammolitering3 | 2007-11-22 15:30



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