Godzilla vs. Mothra

OK, it wasn’t quite a monster week flick, but today was brutal and epic in its own way. I just put in a 15 hour day, a full half of which was spent in trains or train stations. Pressed cheek to jowl with the populace of Toyko for hours on end I began to sympathize with Godzilla. If I’d have had a pair of lilliputian Japanese twins to cheer me on I’d have probably gone on a Mothra like rampage. Instead I settled for a cup of Gelato on the walk back to the hotel. Never under-estimate the power of frozen Italian confectionery to soothe the savage beast. So instead I leave you with some pics of my previous visits to Japan. Forgive me for the lack of photogenic artistry this time ’round. It’s damn hard to take evocative photos of telephone poles and cinderblock houses. As anyone that has ever been here can attest, Japan is not the picture post card perfect photo of Shinto Temples and Cherry blossoms. It’s about as lovely as a convenience store dumpster.

12 thoughts on “Godzilla vs. Mothra

  1. What’s the story behind the concrete “dolls” with the crocheted red hats? I am sure it’s interesting. Stay golden, my friend.

    • I’m not 100% certain about it, but I was told that they are shrines to children that were lost in childbirth, or miscarried. Very sad, but also very touching.

  2. These are beautiful photos. Sorry to hear that you didn’t get a chance to wander this time around. I once had to travel to Phoenix for work, and never saw anything but the inside of a hotel. Not a single cactus. Nothing. I felt cheated.

  3. How come you have categories like “business travel” “international relations” & “globalization” and I have ones like “poop” and ” no one wants to touch stranger feces” ? Did you ever think about these kinds of things?
    It really brings my inferiority into the light.

  4. okay, I will say on a serious note here that I envy you for having traveled there. A majority of my vacations have been spent enjoying cultures that are very similar to my own (mostly European and a few tropical islands). I would like to go the middle east or even to China or Africa for a change.

    • I’d gladly let you take my place on my next visit to China. I think your fecal matter analysis skills could come in handy.

  5. Then there’s always the bathroom adventures. Any travel includes new and different experiences using the facilities. At least some of the info was in a familiar language and you were warned about the bidet. The food looked good.

    • I agree, half the fun of visiting other cultures is discovering the variety of plumbing fixtures. It’s a testament to human ingenuity that we can find some many different ways to accomplish what a bear can do in the woods.

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