God of Pear

The webmaster visited Nashigamisama Jinja, which enshrines God of Pear, at the flagship store of Funassyiland (Finassui's official products retailer) in LaLaport Tokyo Bay.  The shrine was moved to the present place in February, 2018 from Funabashi Loft.  The webmaster prayed for a good harvest and rapid reconstruction and recovery from natural disasters.

Not in Kyoto

At a glance, the left photo seems to have been taken in Kyoto, but not so.  The landscape is uncrowded and idyllic for Kyoto, isn't it?  This is Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park, an entertainment part mentioning Oshu Fujiwara Families' great accomplishments, located in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture.   Visitors feel as if they could slip back in time to 10 centuries ago.  The park is known as a filming location for historic TV dramas and movies.  The webmaster had a 12-layered court kimono costume experience here.

ILC Symposium

On Aug. 5, ILC International Symposium was held at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo.  The webmaster attended the symposium.  Dr. Sheldon Lee Glashow and Dr. Barry Barish, Nobel Laureates in physics, made a passionate speech, hoping the construction of ILC in Japan.  As mentioned in "ILC/Tohoku" on June 1, 2017 in this blog, the webmaster believes that ILC will navigate the future of science.


On July 22, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled the names of the mascots mentioned in this blog on Feb. 28, 2018 and Dec. 7, 2017.  The Olympic one is named MIRAITOWA, literally meaning a future and eternity, and the Paralympic one SOMEITY, a word deriving from the name of the most popular species of cherry blossoms and sounding like " so mighty".  The webmaster hope that they will play a very active role toward the 2020 Games.

Funassyi Shokudo

The webmaster visited "Funassyi Shokudo", a cafe themed on Funassyi (one of the most famous mascot character in Japan) that opens on the 3rd floor of Cute Cube Harajuku at Harajuku Kawaiiya on Takeshita Street from July 2 through Aug. 5 (10:00 - 21:00).  The cafe serves original food menus based mostly on Japanese cuisine and  sells special goods including tableware.  The webmaster ordered the onigiri (rice ball) set.  The miso soup tasted good with savory broth.