Market in Ueno, New Year's Eve
We took the bullet train down to Shizuoka Prefecture for some incredible sightseeing and quality family time.
Surfers with Mt Fuji.
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We took a jaunt to the port of Yokohama. It has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world.
The East Gate at dusk
It has countless restaurants and a big street food scene.
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We did a wonderful day trip from Tokyo to Enoshima, Fujisawa and surrounding areas. Travel by narrow gauge electric trains and feet power.
We saw shrines, had a wonderful lunch, appreciated the natural beauty...
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Today, 28 December , 9;50am,local time, Tokyo, brings about a time of great reflection and appreciation. Merry Christmas to all , Happy Holidays.
The plane ride from Chicago to Tokyo via seattle was less than ideal. Bad weather and cabin lights that could not be turned off made for a long and bright sleepless journey. It made arriving in Tokyo all the better appreciated. The first night was a matter of settling in and enjoying a meal with family.
The second night involved a a trip to Ikubukuro for a luncheon feast with Tomo's High School friends:
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Wonderful Winter Holiday Walk in La Grange, music ....
Made a boat load of delicious meat sauce while experimenting with my new Ninja kitchen toy.
I find products with Clowns are far more fresher than non-clown branded ingrediants.
A few of the ingrediants, Proscioutto, Sopressetto, Scallions, Peppers, and Pancetta, not pictured the left over elk and prime rib.
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There was some really strange weather in Michigan and the Midwest last week. Some areas such as Washington, Illinois were hit with lethal weather in the form of tornadoes. Our thoughts are with the survivors. We fortunately were not affected. I left for Michigan Sunday night as expected. Monday morning, I was informed the studio had no power. Disappointed in the lack of work, I had an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a "day off"! I hiked in the local County Park. Please click the link for more pictures.
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The Twisted Patterns of Nature are beautiful. Click Below for more pictures...
Mother Nature took an early winter dump on the St. Joseph/Benton Harbor area, but she did create yet another wonder.
This past Saturday we stumbled upon a wonderful event at Dark Matter Coffee. It was a fantastic fundraiser for Hope For the Day. They are an incredible organization doing great work regarding an often misunderstood subject. Please click on the links to find more information.
The incredible Autumn evening was highlighted by great music, drink and phenomanal food. Starring Rosies' West Town Deli
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It has been a rainy weekend but we were able to take a stroll to an awesome party at Dark Matter Coffee Roasters. These are a few images we encountered enroute.
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Magnificent wet colors:
We receeived an an invite from http://zacharyjamesjohnston.com/ to an outsatnding open studio show at 1821 Hubbard.
AWESOMENESS was every where, we we particuallry intrgued with the art of :
One prolific 92year old:
Beautifully Intense Relative Subject Matter: