Monday, July 21, 2008

Roof Tile

This is a tile used on the roof of Kaichi Primary School in Matsumoto City, Nagano. Width and hight of it exceed one meter. I saw it when I visited the old wooden school in mid-July and was impressed with its size and complex design. Nowadays, no primary school has luxury of being decorated with such elaborate roof tiles. It may show the intense zeal for education in earlier days.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hotel Buena Vista

This is the hotel in which my wife and I stayed on business in mid-July. It was a clear day and we took a walk around a shopping center near the hotel in the late afternoon. The sky was blue and the greens of trees around the hotel were conspicuous. I took a picture or two of the hotel and drew this efuto from them. While drawing, I changed the color combination rather drastically.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Water Bottle

Sometimes the summer heat in Japan gets almost unbearable with its high humidity. Many people therefore carry water bottles during the summer to ease their thirst that comes from perspiring so much. Since the Japanese archipelagoes are mostly mountainous and covered with forest, Japan produces good-quality water. Tap water in most areas is good for drinking. But, for some reason, trendy people here prefer imported water, such as this one from France, despite the global water shortage. At my house in Tokyo we put purified tap water in used plastic bottles to help cut CO2 emissions.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Old Town Hall

Echizen City in Fukui prefecture was formed recently by joining a few towns around Takefu. It may sound as if the area is growing. But, according to what I observed of the area in the evening in early July, it seemed to be declining both in economy and population. I got this impression especially when I saw this old town hall of Takefu. They had an art exhibition in the building but I saw no one entering or exiting. The shopping arcade around the hall was dark and most shops were closed even thought it was Saturday evening. The hall itself, however, was shining in the sun.

Saturday, July 05, 2008


My wife and I went to Echizen City, Fukui, on July 6. At a supermarket I suggested to my wife that we buy this watermelon because of its colors. The combination of the yellow rind and red inside is rare among Japanese watermelons. However, it was rather expensive compared to the other ordinary types around it. As we were discussing prices, a clerk came to us and changed the price tag to make it more affordable. We thanked her and decided to buy it .