birds and coffee

Do birds drink coffee?

Do you have a favourite coffeeshop?

If yes, do you go there for the ambience or for the coffee?


monk kyoto

If you are in Kyoto, walk the Philosopher’s Path. We did it and peeked into a small cosy restaurant called Monk. It was too early for us to dine but it certainly had a faboulos food and very comfy ambience.


weekly photo challenge: ambience

The Japanese rock garden (枯山水 karesansui?) or “dry landscape” garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto during the Muromachi period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

Source: wikipedia


We visited Banryutei, Japan’s largest rock garden covering nearly 2400 square meters. It is located on top of Mt. Koya. The garden’s arrangement, composed of 140 granite stones, was completed in 1984. The stones are presented to suggest two dragons descending from the clouds to protect Kongobu-ji (the temple).



Let’s deconstruct the rules.  In Osaka you can go full speed with your bike down the hill. What about the police with the bikes?


let is snow


His name is Hachikō (ハチ公?, November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935). An Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, which continued for more than nine years after his owner’s death. Hachikō is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) “faithful dog Hachikō”, hachi meaning “eight” and kō meaning “affection.” During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media.


switch off

In Tokyo I was amazed by the working culture. Will this change in 2017?


Tokyo’s governor has ordered municipal employees to finish work by 8 p.m. to combat karoshi, or “death from overwork.” Lights are turned off, and anyone found at their desk is sent home.
Source TIME Vol 189 No 3

back to work

Today was the start of 2017 for work. Suited up gents were in the mood for celebration in Ginza when we were crossing the zebra. Suddenly one of them was bouncing crazy.


Leica M6
Summicron 50
Kodak Ektar 100

white walk

serve it cool

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