Sunday, July 20, 2014

Takayama: Hida Folk Village

Wow, it's been awhile since my last post. I got busy writing and reading way too many comic books (is there such a thing? Maybe.) Now I will continue with my trip Japan to last March!

After leaving Tokyo, we traveled by train to Takayama. Note to other travelers: Takayama is very cold and snowy in March. Our first day was spent wandering around the Old Town district. I didn't take many interesting photos of that, but I may include some in a future post.

On our second day, we ventured out in the rain to the snow covered Hida Folk Village up the hill from our little Japanese style hotel. It was cold and wet and cold. Did I mention it was cold?

The village is a recreation of what old villages would've looked like over a hundred years ago. Many of the houses are two to three hundred years old. They were moved from other local villages and rebuilt here. Pretty cool, if you like history.

Fog everywhere.

Best snowman ever.

A loom, I think.

Fatal Frame worthy well. 

The only warmth I had for hours. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ueno Park and Kamakura

On the weekend, we took it pretty easy. We ate delicious food (Indian, can anyone guess where?!?!) and wandered around Ueno Park. We also had way too much fun with toy vending machines, but I didn't get any pictures of that.

Ueno Park in the (early) spring.

Around Kamakura

I played Zelda's Lullaby on my ocarina. Nothing happened.

Purple potato soft cream is the best. Plus, this shop matched my glasses!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tokyo and Beyond!

I took a trip to Japan in March. It was for research purposes (several books I'm working on have a Japanese setting), so I had to take lots of pictures. Yeah, I've been back for nearly a month, but I had to finish writing one book and edit it, then start writing another book. The work of a writer is never done!

But now I have pictures. They're split up sort of chronologically.

Asakusa in the rain. 

Ramen lunch set.

So glad I brought the rain boots!

The next day we took a trip to Nikko. There was snow, and it barely got above freezing. 

On the train to Nikko.

Night in Ueno. This shrine was down the street from our hotel. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A mobile office and new friends

 So, in case my blogging absence has been noticed, I will explain. Life happened all year long, and I was crazy busy. Also, I got really lazy when it came to doing anything picture worthy (work, b/c writing is hard!).

But I'm back! For now, and I have the promised photos!

Besides work, there was some craziness that forced me to move to a much smaller (but better) place. So I no longer had room for an office in my home. How do I fix that? I bought a mobile office -- a vintage mobile office, of course!

Say hello to Dot (the truck) and Cordelia (the trailer). These are the photos I took when I picked it up in early December. Then I got sick and the trailer is in storage, so no interior pics for now. 

Cordelia is a 1979 Silver Streak. They were similar to Airstreams but built much better. Only 4,000 Silver Streaks were ever built in the 30 years the company was in business, and they were all custom jobs. The inside is a 70's nightmare, but I'm going to redecorate it. Check out my Pinterest board to see what I have in mind. 

Me with no make-up and a homemade bear hat.

At a rest stop right before Snoqualmie Pass.

And my new collection! This is my set of vintage toys (because I needed more junk). I have 7 vintage Dream Pets at the moment (1950s and 60's animals from Japan!). So cute! I also love my wind-up elephant and that polka-dot octopus. These friends will decorate Cordelia someday!

I'll post more often, for reals! I have a new haircut (pixie power!) and some awesome new outfits. Mostly vintage inspired with a little kick of librarian chic thrown in.