And Back Again

tokyo bike

After a week in California we started making our way back to Tanegashima for our last month before the rocket launches.

tokyo thrombosis

We were sure to avoid thrombosis on our 10 hour flight.

tokyo hotel

The picture above, plus one cigarette and minus one pair of pants would make for a little ScarJo “Lost in Translation” moment. Wife of a guy who takes photos (but mine also works for NASA) living in a hotel in Japan…hmm. I’d argue my situation is a bit better than hers . If I were the type to argue a hypothetical comparison with a fictional character.


Here’s a little peek down a street in Shinjuku. It’s food food food food, pachinko, electronics, food food food.

ramen restaurant

This is one of those ramen places with the vending machine out front. This particular joint is pork-centric.

pork and cheese noodles

I had noodles with braised pork belly and cheese. Not bad.

tokyo crab and hat

Shopping in Shinjuku.

ham at isetan

Legs of ham at a really really cool, really really big store called Isetan. Where I blew $50 on cheese to take back to Tanegashima. Have I mentioned that there is almost no proper cheese in Tanegashima? I realize $50 is a lot, but it was a lot of cheese, plus there’s supply and demand or somesuch thing.

fish at isetan

Fish in Isetan. This was probably the nicest smelling seafood display I’ve ever experienced.


And Muji, which is almost kind of like a Japanese Ikea. But maybe better (they have an online store and they ship to the US and you’re welcome). I used to think that if I ever had a fat wad of cash to blow on a frivolous shopping spree, I’d take it to New York, but now? I think Tokyo is winning.

  1. i hope you bought that classy hat! and i'm looking up muji right now.

    miranda — February 19, 2014
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