Station name changes

Station name changes

Today the names of three local Keihan stations were changed to promote tourism. I just happened to be riding keihan today. Keihan Shijo became Gion-shijo, Gojo became Kiyomizu-gojo, and Marutamachi became Jingu-marutamachi. This was timed to coincide with the opening of the new Nakanoshima Line of Keihan in Osaka.

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Softbank Mobile announces iPhone 3G Japan contract details

Here’s the deal: the phone is cheap; the calling plan, not so much. Japanese only so far:  iPhone 3G service plan details 8GB iPhone 3G handset charge:  JPY960×24 monthsï¼�JPY23,040 admirably close to Steve’s $199 16GB iPhone 3G handset charge:  JPY1,440×24 monthsï¼�JPY34,560 Service plan details White Plan basic charge    980円 Unlimited Packet Charge     5,985円 […]

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On top of the world, again

On top of the world, again

Japanese adventurer Yuichiro Miura, 75, whom I photographed at a lecture in Kyoto in 2005, climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest last week in an attempt to recapture bragging rights he previously held as the “oldest summiteer.” It didn’t quite work out. One day before he reached the top, a 76-year-old Nepalese climber got […]

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Crawfish Party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Crawfish Party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

We just got back from almost a month’s vacation in the U.S., staring in Oregon with my brother Kris’ family and moving on to California, Louisiana and Seattle, Washington. Many non-Kyoto-related pictures will be posted here and on the flickr page: http://flickr.com/photos/kyoto/ Oh, man, did we get everything and more in Louisiana: crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya […]

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Big fire Monday in the foothills near Manshu-in

Big fire Monday in the foothills near Manshu-in

There was a forest fire yesterday climbing up the mountainside above us, but the fire department managed to get it under control within a couple hours. It seemed to be coming from Manshu-in Temple, which would be a great tragedy, but a gentleman coming down the hill later in the evening told me it started […]

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