This blog will continue show the photos that I take as I live and vacation in Japan. I particularly love to walk and have a strong interest in Buddhism and Shinto so I will be showing the temples, shrines and other interesting things that I discover.
I have lived in Japan since 1976 and now consider it to be my permanent home. I have a very varied background having studied engineering, Japanese and East Asian studies, and education at the university level. I spent ten years in the Army where my job involved Area Studies, mostly in East Asia. When I started to teach in Japan, it was at a post high school level and, after I completed a PhD in education, I moved to a university where I become a full professor. After retiring, I taught part-time but am now completely retired and spend my enjoying myself. I am reasonably fluent in Japanese and at present all of my friends are elderly Japanese.
Leaving my apartment I started down the main road, walking west. As I passed the hospital that I go to, I noticed how much of the street side of the building is covered by vines.
This little building is a restaurant that serves noodles. For some reason that is beyond me, these restaurants are often decorated in this rather garish fashion.
About 20 minutes after leaving home, I had already passed our bank and was now at the farthest point on the road passed which I had not been. The reason I had come this far before was to go to the store on the left. It is a huge hardware store and we had come here to buy some things when we were first setting up our apartment.