October 29, 2010

Trip To New York #1

Some pics from our autumn week-end in New York city.


Two from the subway.


Central Park Reservoir.

Four from the Guggenheim; one inside, three outside.


Fantastic lobster rolls at Luke's Lobster.

The real reason we went to NY. Congratulations, Olivia and John!

YVR Sculpture

Most flights to Japan from YVR board at a gate near this wonderful statue. The dynamic pose, the flowing lines and shapes, the hilarious eyes are always a pleasure to see.

October 19, 2010

Red Weeks

Here's how it looked at five o'clock today on our street. We get two weeks of this each year and it is as lovely as the cherry blossoms of spring.

October 11, 2010

More From Our Trip To Japan In April, 2010

Sakai is a metal-working city, with a long history of manufacturing swords, guns, and, after the war, bicycles. We have some nice kitchen knives from Sakai which we bring back with us regularly to be sharpened by the people who made them.

This is how they make some kinds of knives; grinding forged steel blades one at a time on the big wheel. Keith got to try on a fresh blade (that could be fixed if he messed it up). The handles are very wobbly and it takes both force and concentration to get an even grind along the edge.

Aya's uncle sent us some madai (真鯛, or "red sea bream") he had caught near his home on Kyushu. They came in a special cooler-truck and the door-to-door delivery was about $25. Same-day delivery in Japan is just operating on a completely different level.

Bunches of fresh garlic in the local market.

Spring turning to summer; the sakura at the top of the hill in full bloom while the green bamboo grows lush below.
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