By Jonathan Comment?

Statue at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

Thumbnail for Statue at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

There are actually hundreds of statues at Zojo-ji Temple. I wrote a bit about them in my previous post. I am unsure what this one represents, but I’m a sucker for complementary colours.

By Jonathan Comment?

Garden of Unborn Children at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

Thumbnail for Garden of Unborn Children at Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

Zojo-ji Temple on Tokyo is the family temple of the Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868. If you’re like me, you know them better as the fictionalized Toranaga Shoguns in James Clavell’s novels Shogun and Gaijin (amazing books, read them!). The Garden of Unborn Children lines one side of the temple. The […]

By Jonathan Comment?

Shibuya Restaurant at Night

Thumbnail for Shibuya Restaurant at Night

There are so many cities that are completely dead at night. The office workers go home to the suburbs and there’s no one left. Tokyo is definitely not one of those cities. All through the night it’s bright and full of activity. Like this restaurant in the Shibuya neighbourhood. Of course, that’s really a generalization. […]

By Jonathan Comment?

Sundown in Shibuya

Thumbnail for Sundown in Shibuya

I don’t know if it’s a universal tendency, or if it’s just me, but when I travel to a new city I can’t help but relate it to cities I have been to before. So while wandering Tokyo, I was always catching myself saying things like, “this is like the ________ of ________”. And that’s […]

By Jonathan Comment?

Yoyogi Park Vending Machines

Thumbnail for Yoyogi Park Vending Machines

Yes, it’s true. I was completely fascinated with all the vending machines in Japan. My wife was alternately amused and annoyed because I couldn’t resist trying something new almost every time we encountered one (or, more usually, a group of them). This habit probably has something do with how I managed to stay fat in […]

By Jonathan Comment?

Madison, Wisconsin State Capitol

Thumbnail for Madison, Wisconsin State Capitol

I only got to spend a single evening in Madison, Wisconsin, but from what I saw it was a very charming little city. If Wikipedia is to be believed (and it often isn’t), Madison is one of the safest cities in America, with almost Canadian levels of crime and murder. It also has a very […]