Yoda's Pad

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[Voice: Yoda]

My home this is. Yes. From England originally I may be, now however Japan my home has become. Mmmm. Return I will, yes, yes, someday return. Now, photographs to share with you I wish. For workers it is time to blog as well, ungh?


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Nice weather for ducks

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So many ducks in Ely. They're great, but they do tend to take a bit too
much interest in you if they think you have food. Still, the little
ducklings are very cute. And the tourists seem to love them!
13th Aug 2007, 00:01   comments (2)

Friends over for a holiday...

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Going back to November for these photos - been too slack blogging.
A couple of Print Club photos with some friends who came over in November. Got to love those crazy game like photo booths (well, hating them is also quite common...)
18th Jan 2007, 00:38   comments (5)

Pummel that rice!

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Had a good day pummeling rice in to rice cakes last Sunday! This fun yet tiring (the mallet is pretty heavy) practice, known in Japanese as Mochitsuki, is often carried out over the New Year period. We were planning to do this with friends a bit closer to New Year, but due to other commitments it got put of until mid-January. Still, it was great fun. The pummeler hits the rice with a very heavy wooden mallet, whilst another person has the "dangerous" job of turning the rice whilst the mallet is raised. There was one moment of disaster when the mochi (the beaten rice) got stuck to the mallet during pummeling and flipped out on to the floor (I wasn't the pummeler at this time thankfully!) - no pictures of that alas... Still, no one had their hands pummeled thankfully! Once pummeled, the mochi was divided by hand into smaller portions, and rolled up into ball shaped cakes. These were then dipped in various "condements" and eaten. Very nice too!
18th Jan 2007, 00:29   comments (2)

A strange "rubber" table

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Took this picture in the "Cabbages & Condoms" Thai restaurant in Kyoto. The original in Thailand was set up as a way to promote contraceptives, remove the stigma attached to them, and make them as easy to buy as cabbages...allegedly. Other than the strange table, and the equally strange pictures on the wall (of which I didn't take a picture alas), the food was pretty good!I guess they have these restaurants in other countries too?
31st Oct 2006, 00:21   comments (7)

Ah, my collection is complete

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After a hard month of drinking lots of coffee to get the freebie cars (mmm, coffee...) I now have the complete set. Now I just need to get out of "sad toy car collecting geek" mode. I did it all for the coffee, really...
27th Oct 2006, 03:50   comments (5)

Mini Ferrari!

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There's a campaign going right now where you get a free, diecast model Ferrari when you buy canned coffee from Lawsons. There are a variety of models, including my all time favourite ferrari the 641/2 (1990). This picture is not of that one though, which is at home, but of the 2000 model. So dinky, and so cool (well, I think so!)Send instant messages to your online friends http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com
12th Oct 2006, 04:49   comments (1)

Monkey Action!

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In this case it's the human's in the "cage" (sheltering in the hut) whilst the monkeys do their thing outside. They come up to the hut to get food though (if they're too lazy to scavenge by themselves), although this usually leads to monkey squabbles as the bigger ones want everything. Quite interesting being outside amongst the monkeys - always had the feeling I was about to be monkey-ambushed!
23rd Aug 2006, 16:55   comments (6)

Views of Kyoto

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There were some great views of the city from the monkey park in Arashiyama...more on that in a moment :)
23rd Aug 2006, 16:53   comments (0)
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