View looking up at the memorial silhouetted against the sky. The doves are bronze statues.
Instant Ramen, always a popular item, is shown here, pre-packaged with bowls.
Boxes of curry, a very popular food in Japan.
With the variety of vending machines on the street, to live in Japan you'd never have to step foot inside of a store. Here is a row of vending machines offering beer and liquor.
A book display
An example of a trough-style squat toilet seen all over Asia.
Ingredients 2 cups prepared sushi rice 3 Tbs. Mirin 3 Tbs. Sugar 4 Tbs. Soy sauce 1-1/4 cup Dashi (fish stock) 1/4 cup Shredded par-boiled carrot Salt 4 Deep-fried tofu cakes (aburage)* or 8 Canned tofu pouches *Aburage can be bought canned or frozen at many Asian food markets. The canned variety are already seasoned and sliced; if using these, plan on three or four pouches per person. Method Bring the prepared sushi rice to room temperature. (If using canned aburage, skip this next step) Pour boiling water over the deep-fried tofu cakes to remove oil. Cool, then slice each tofu cake in half lengthwise to make eight tofu pouches. In a small saucepan, combine the mirin, sugar, soy sauce and dashi together. Simmer over low heat until hot. Drain gourd strips, then add the gourd strips and tofu pouches into the stock. Heat to boil. Cover, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Squeeze the tofu pouches and gourd strips dry. Set aside.
A fruit stand is set up on the sidewalk for people to browse as they shop.
High-end rice cookers for sale in a department store.
Some overly complex refrigerators on display.
A display of high-tech coffee makers and juicers.
At a rolling sushi restaurant there's no need to order. The food passes each table on a conveyor belt. Afterwords, you pay by the number of plates on your table.
A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.
Mochi (rice cakes) looking very delicious.
A group of Shinto nuns enjoy the day in Tokyo.
Televisions for sale
The buddha at Yasaka Shrine still shines bright, even at night.
A flowershop in Hokkaido.
Brendan Eagan enjoys a dinner of sushi at a "rolling sushi" restaurant (the food comes to you on a conveyer belt) with his host family in Nagasaki.
An excerpt from Lee Magazine shows trends in hats and bags for Japanese women in 2003.
During our stay in Nagasaki, we often rode the trolleys to get around. After spending some time at the Atomic Bomb Museum, Annie Haugen ('05) took some time during our ride to contemplate.
A Nagasaki middle school performance of traditional dances.
Nagasaki, sometimes described as the Japanese San Francisco, has rolling hills that help protect its inhabitants from storms.
Pachinko, a Japanese cousin of the American slot machine, has a wide appeal. The pachinko machines of today are much flashier than the ones shown here from the 60's.