This past summer (2012), I had the wonderful opportunity to spend about a month in Japan. I visited some current friends and met new friends. Here are a couple of my adventures:There was a lot of bike traffic on the sidewalks. Many parents had child seats in the front of the bike and the rear.
These delicious Chinese dumplings cooked right in front of me at a lunch counter in Tokyo. My friend Clare enjoyed this beautiful lunch.
The picture above was in front of a foot massage machine in a Japanese onsen in Kobe. It tells you what parts of the body are connected to what areas of the feet. The picture below is of a special foot treatment called Dr. Fish. The little fish eat the dead skin off of your feet. It feels really strange, but your feet feel great afterwards.
These ladies were in Kyoto. The gentlemen below were participating in a big festival near Tokyo with lots of drums, flutes, and other instruments. The musicians took turns playing and pulling the float.
I'm a fan of the tv program Ninja Warrior. I got to meet 3 famous Ninja Warrior contestants while in Japan. This is Yuuji Urushihara - the reigning champion.
This is Shingo Yamamoto who has participated in every Sasuke (the original Japanese name for the show; Ninja Warrior is the American title.)
Below is Makoto Nagano - the 2nd champion (there have only been 3).
Below is the Golden Palace in Kyoto. I am pictured with one of our exchange students from Japan who showed me around Kyoto while I was there.
Answer: this is supposed to represent beer foam. It is on top of the Asahi building in Tokyo.