Monday, February 26, 2018

Last Drinks in Tokyo at Pigalle / 東京最後の飲み 「ピガール」

My last night out drinking in Tokyo was with a co-worker of mine from my Costco days. His name is Hachimonji. He is also from Aomori Prefecture. His hometown is Mutsu which is located on the Shimokita Peninsula. Anyway, we went out for a couple of beers and food and then decided to hit one other place. A craft beer shop I had been aware of but had never been which was located in my neighborhood of Sangenjaya. The name of the place is Pigalle. As this would be my last week in Tokyo, I thought it would be a great excuse to check the place out.


Some snacks at a nearby izakaya before heading to Pigalle.


Pigalle is a very small bar. Standing room only type of place.


Interesting interior. You could tell the owner was a big fan of movies.


I can't remember what brand of beer I ordered, but it was the stout on the left. My co-worker had the Abbot Ale. As my co-worker had to work the next day, we only had one beer here before calling it a night.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

National Museum of Japanese History (Part 3) / 国立歴史民俗博物館 (パート3)

The third and final installment of my posts about the National Museum of Japanese History. It was a fun and interesting place. Something a bit different from other tourist attractions. And now it was lunch time, so we headed to the museum's restaurant and noticed an interesting item on their menu - curry made with ancient wild rice. I knew I had to try it. One of the others ordered the ancient wild hayashi rice.


Checking out the museum pamphlet / 博物館のパンフレットチェック中

Curry with ancient wild rice / 古代カレー

Hayashi rice with ancient wild rice / 古代ハヤシ

Lets dig in!


Afterwards, Yukio and Reiko dropped the rest of us at the train station as we made our way home. Mikako and I would be movie to Aomori the following Thursday.


On the train / 電車の中

New adventures would awaiting us up north!!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

National Museum of Japanese History (Part 2) / 国立歴史民俗博物館 (パート2)

Continuing our tour through the National Museum of Japanese History. I said we have reached the Showa era (1926-1989). I lived in Tokyo during the years 1969 through 1973.


That's a pretty big bento box if you ask me.


This looks like a model of an early American colonial home.


This is a Type 38 rifle. It is displayed in such a way that you are encouraged to try lifting it. It weighs 3.9 kilograms (almost 9 lbs).


This is a replica of meals in the barracks. 


Replica of the barracks during the early Showa years.


Hanging scroll depicting life precepts in the final stages of the war (1944).


Gas mask for air defense.


I think these may be scenes of Occupied Japan.


More American goods were coming into the country after Japan lost the war. That Dagwood sandwich looks really good! I could go for one of those. It is from the comic strip [Blondie]. 


The modernization of Japan after the war.


One of Japan's most famous exports that was created during the Showa era. This model was the 1984 model of Godzilla which was based on the original 1954 model. 


Action figures of some of the hero characters I grew up with during my elementary years. From left to right is Tiger Mask, Ultra 7, Ultraman, and Mirror Man. My brother and I used to watch a lot of these shows on tv back then.


More cool stuff. I still have a lot of my pictures of Ultraman and the Masked Rider and other heroes which my brother and I mostly bought from a shop called "Sakura" that was located right outside of the main gate of the military housing annex where we lived.


It was an interesting trip through the history of Japan. Now it is time for lunch. We decided to eat at the restaurant here at the museum before making our way back home. My wife and I would have to make our final check of our apartment and other things before our move away from Tokyo. Still, I had a grand time in Tokyo for the last twenty years. The next twenty up north should be just as interesting.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

National Museum of Japanese History (Part 1) / 国立歴史民俗博物館 (パート1)

Our final weekend in Tokyo led us to the National Museum of Japanese History. It seemed like a fun thing to do before moving on to colder pastures.


Sort of a tight fit in the car.


And here we are at the National Museum of Japanese History.


We got here a little before noon. We would check out the museum and also have lunch here as well.


The museum is located in Chiba Prefecture in a town called Sakura. It is commonly known as the "Reki Haku". According to Wikipedia, the museum was founded in 1981 as an inter-university research consortium and was opened to the public in 1983. 

日本のウィキペディアによると国立歴史民俗博物館(通称 歴博)は千葉県佐倉市城内町にある大学共同利用期間法人人間文化研究機構が運営する博物館。日本の古学、歴史、民俗について総合的に研究・展示する博物館である。

At the entrance before we even started to see the displays, we checked out the large model replicas of some temples at the entrance. This is a model of the Taho Pagoda of Negorodera Temple in Wakayama Prefecture.


The pictures above are models of the main gate of Tofukuji Temple in Kyoto.


Shinden-zukuri, the architectural style adapted from the layout of the Imperial Palace.


This is called a michodai. It is a bed used by the emperor, queen, regent, etc. 


This is a model of the interior of an aristocratic mansion.


Everyday garment worn by nobles.


Representative Warrior Residence of Eastern Japan : 13th-14th century.


The Asakura's residence in Echizen Province (now Fukui).


I just love all these models. I could have spent all day just looking at the details but there was still quite a bit to explore.


Display of old weapons. I know one of my friends in the U.S. would enjoy this section of the museum. He might not want to leave this area.


If I remember correctly, these armors were called yoroi.


This was the start of a market street event in our old neighborhood of Setagaya. It apparently started in 1578 and continues to this day.


Housou Jizo / 疱瘡地蔵

Dutch ship calling on Japanese ports in the mid 17th century.


Feudal Japan farmer's clothes.


Seller of decoction products which is the action or process of extracting the essence of something. Yes, I had to look up the workd "detoction"!


Feudal Japan merchant.


Old Japanese currency / 日本の古い通貨

Women such as these were called katsurame that sold sweetfish to people in Feudal Japan.


Feudal Japanese carpenters.


The item the person in front is holding is called a binnzara, which is a musical instrument which is used in folk songs, rural dances, and kabuki theater.


This is where I would be working if I lived in Feudal Japan - the bookstore!!


The illustrated book shop was called an ezoshiya.


Strange but cool art piece made with seashells.


This was just bizarre! I didn't know what to make of it.


It appears like my friend Gan-chan has become part of the display.


Time slipping back to Edo.


This is a water wheel. It was used to irrigate fields. However, it was powered by using your feet.


Old Japanese mechanical doll.


Our next stop will be into the Showa era. Our museum adventure will continue...