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Japanese vineyard

葡萄園

Yamanashi Prefecture is famous for its grapes. While waiting for a bus to take me from the Shosenkyo Bus Stop back to central Kofu, I shot this nearby vineyard. In Japan it isn’t uncommon to see grapes wrapped on the vine. I’ve never seen this in the USA or anywhere else.

Tokyo Towers

Tokyo Tower and Holland Hills Mori Tower

大仏

kamakura daibutsu

Kamakura Daibutsu

Baseball ema (野球絵馬)

baseball ema fukuoka softbank hawks

Japanese professional baseball “ema” in the Fukuoka Dome

You normally find ema at Shinto shrines in Japan. People write their prayers and wishes on them, hang them at the shrine, probably nobody reads them, and eventually they are burned. If they weren’t aesthetically pleasing (and a possible source of the placebo effect) they would be completely pointless.

Not so with these baseball ema which you can find at the home of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス). These are for fans to write notes to specific players. I suppose the players eventually get to read them. Kind of fun and very Japanese.

Is it baseball season yet?

Carp

Student Loans (Japanese style)

gakusei loan college takadanobaba

学生ローン (高田馬場)

Student debt in the USA has become a hot topic in recent years with the average student debt rising to about $30,000 from a few hundred dollars a few decades ago.

Today’s photo shows a building between the Takadanobaba Station and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. While many buildings in Japan have advertisements for the businesses inside, this one is a bit unusual in that it has 10 ads for the same business. The business is student loans. The current rate, according to the company’s website, is over 15%!

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