Tag Archives: Kawagoe

Hanging Festive Decors

Hanging festive decors seen in Kanto region, Japan.

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Carp streamers in Tsuchiura

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Carp streamers in Kawagoe

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Lanterns in temple grounds

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Izakaya

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An izakaya somewhere in Saitama. A down-to-earth typical drinking place in Japan.

Japan’s Medieval Broomstick

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How about a quidditch match?

Outdoor broom used in Japan that’s made from twigs tied together on a stick. Something medieval looking in futuristic Japan.

Reflexology Path in a Shinto Shrine

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Stone path designed to walk on and put some pressure on the foot. There's even a feet map of reflex points

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Walk of health towards the shrine

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Reflexology and worshipping in one go

Kawaii Omiyage

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A box of 10 streetcar cakes

Omiyage culture of Japan is akin to the oleh-oleh habit of Indonesians and the customary pasalubong in the Philippines. 

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A wrapping paper for the streetcar box with cute map of the Toden Arakawa Line

A souvenir from a trip is something you buy for yourself while an omiyage (or oleh-oleh or pasalubong) is something you buy for others. Normally something edible, a food specialty.

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Five streetcar designs

Whereas the oleh-oleh and pasalubong have normal packaging, Japanese cuteness reflects on its omiyage packaging. So cute. So kawaii.

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A streetcar box for the streetcar cake

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Streetcar cake. Wafer-like on the outside with red bean paste filling. It's like mochi or hopia

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Candies packaged like ekiben from a confectionery shop in Kawagoe

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Kawaii candies

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More candies in cute packaging

Sweet Potato Fans

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Sweet potato from a shop in Minowa covered street in Tokyo

Japanese are fond of sweet potato. I’ve seen somebody snacking on boiled sweet potato somewhere. Seems she prepared it at home, placed in her tote as an ‘on the go’ snack.  I’ve tried the cut caramelized sugar-coated chilled ones and a sample of boiled ones from Kawagoe City in Saitama Prefecture. I even saw a shop selling sweet potato ice cream in that place.

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A store selling salted sweet potato fries in Kitain Temple Grounds at Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture

When I was at Tsuchiura City, I’ve blissfully snacked on the salted cut ones, in other words ‘sweet potato fries’ but thicker in pieces.

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Salted sweet potato, a delicious oxymoron

And so based from I had eaten so far, I think Japan’s sweet potato variety is superior than what I’ve had (so far since childhood) in the Philippines.

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A shopkeeper in Kawagoe selling sweet potato snacks. Sweet potato is a specialty of Kawagoe, so naturally the mascot of this place is a sweet potato

Manhole Covers in Japan

Manhole covers seen in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, and in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
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Unmanned Stores

Vending machines are way of life in Japan.

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Milk vending machine

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Coffee vending machine

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Gachapon (toy vending machine)

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Condom vending machine

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Cigarette vending machine

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Hot and cold drinks vending machine (red label means hot otherwise cold)

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Ice cream vending machine

Utility Cycling

Bicycle as means of transport in Japan.

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Cycling in pedestrian overpass

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Lots of senior citizens doing bicycle commuting

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Cycling men in suits are a common sight

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Cycling mama on the right

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Cycling lady in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

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Students waiting for the pedestrian crosswalk green light

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Cycling with transparent umbrella

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