Kanazawa map in Hebrew

(A late post as forgot about it)

What a surprise I had when I found out there is a map in Hebrew of Kanazawa.

As I visited the visitor center to get information, the staff asked where I am from and when they heard Israel they pulled out the map and said there are MANY visitors from Israeli in Kanazawa.

The translation to Hebrew is quite good, which is much more than I expected.

 

Nikon Fan meeting 2018

Attended the Nikon Fan meeting 2018 in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Wanted to try out the new Nikon Z Camera, but the queues were too long.

So, went in, looked around, got the brochure and a sticker and went out.

Nikon Z

 

 

Nikon Z Series

地球星人 By Sayaka Murata

Started reading Sayaka Murata’s  (村田沙耶香)latest novel 地球星人 . Literal translation of the name is 地球 = Earth  星人=Person from the planet.  Interesting combination.

The book was published last week, so only available in Hardcover. Not sure why it is not available in Kindle as previous one.

Looking forward to it, as I enjoyed her last books and the way she looks at our lives, social standards.

Pretentious

Wanted to share a story of a whiskey bar, which I feel has passed the line of being unique to the place I feel it is too pretentious for me to visit again.

As I love Single Malt Whiskey, I searched the web for a bar which servers good whiskey. The Japanese web gave very good score to this place, a Whiskey bar.

Entered the place, two customers were sitting on the counter, quite apart from each other so I am guessing they were not conversing. Bartender asked me somebody introduced me to the place, which I said “No”.

Within 5 minutes both customers finished their drinks and left, which gave me a chance to chat with the Bartender.

“we only have unique whiskey bottles, otherwise it is not interesting”

“We do not have Japanese Whiskey”

“We only work with Whiskey collectors”

Obviously, the Whiskey is good, but did not like the tone and conversation style.

About 10 minutes later, a man stepped through the door asking “Is this a Whiskey bar”, which the bartender answered “yes”. The man was chatting with a woman standing outside the entrance and they decided not to enter.

Asked the bartender “you have only Whiskey?” which he answered

“We have anything, but I don’t want this type of customers”

Then it became stranger when the phone rang and the bartender answered ”

“Sorry, we are not open”

And then he went to close the Bar.

When I left (quite early), the Bar sign was “closed” and I felt this is a strange way of doing business.

 

Conclusions:

Good Whiskey . 2 drinks for 3900円 ,  a bit expensive.

Strange behavior and over pretentiousness is an issue for me.

Will not visit this bar again.

 

Kurobe gorge train 黒部渓谷 トロッコ

Not the Dam, the Gorge.

Although it rained on us, it was an interesting experience.

From Unazuki station to Keyakidaira  takes about one hour and 18 minutes. It is a lovely ride, but you have to remember that going back is the exact same route.  When it rains, it is a bit less attractive.

The train:

黒部渓谷 トロッコ

 

Open car:

黒部渓谷 トロッコ

The view:

黒部渓谷 トロッコ

 

Buddha Rock:

黒部渓谷 トロッコ

 

And the rain, which stopped us from hiking around Keyakidaira station.

黒部渓谷 トロッコ

 

For more photos you can change the Flickr Album

 

 

Shirakawago

Traveled last week in Ishikawa-ken and Toyama-ken and also traveled to Shirakawago (in Gifu).

Rain rushed us, but was lucky enough to take some good photos.

白川郷

 

白川郷

 

Complete Album 

 

Lost and Found

Another reminder why I love living in Japan.

Forgot my Camera bag in the train and realized it only 20 minutes later. Rushed to the station and notified the personnel. As always, he was very helpful, calculated where should be the train, called the right office to remove the bag from the train.

As I was betting the bag will be found, I rushed to the last station. On the way there, got notification that the bag was found and that they expect me.

That’s it. Arrived, notified my name, signed a document and got my Camera, several lenses and accessories back.

During the time I was uncertain if my bag will be found or not, I noticed that I am not that stressed out. It seems that even if logically I was worried, I was certain it will be found.

This is my second (or third) experience in Japan, with the same result.  I need to take better care of my bags when I am busy and rushing, but it is encouraging to know that lost and found is so efficient

“First Love” by Shimamoto Rio

A winner of the Naoki prize this year, First love received mixed reviews on Amazon.

Maybe I expected more from a Naoki prize winner, but this book read more like a movie script than a book.

Not enough depth, not enough story.  The turn of events and investigation of the murder proceed in a strange pace with too many holes left in between to be “discovered” later.

“court scene” is way too short and uneventful to have significance.

One of her books was already adapted to a movie and I have a feeling this one will follow as well.

A popular writer, yet I still expect more from a prize winner.  I guess this was the first and last book I read from this writer.

 

Audio Architecture 21_21

Visited Audio Architecture exhibition at 21_21

Was thinking how to describe the experience, but I find it quite difficult.

Music by Cornelius, Graphics, film, animation combined together.

As 21_21 sight says:

The exhibition tries to construct a type of “audio architecture” by repeating the music paired to various films over and over, in the space dynamically designed by Masamichi Katayama (Wonderwall). Please come and discover a fresh perspective on music in the venue integrating sound, video and space.

But I am sure it still does not explain what to expect.

A few photos may help:

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture

21_21 Audio Architecture

 

Call me Avi Choo

Just finished my latest Leather Craft project, a Black leather (Crocodile shaped) Clutch Bag.

What I am proud of:

Overall the design is good, usability and choice of thread color, including the Studs usage.

First time I use studs as a decorative element, and I have a feeling I will do it again with this leather.

What I need to improve:

Accuracy. Even 1mm off when cutting the leather, distorts the bag slightly.   I think most people will not notice, but I do.

Showing the process from the finished bag to the first design phase.