When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 2)

Japanese Grand Slam Breakfast

 Hotel breakfasts in Japan range from simple to extravagant.
This one was pretty good; I had to cook that white fish … by myself! I thought I should’ve gotten a discount for that one.

A few types of fish; assorted Japanese pickles and mushroomy things, an orange wedge, a blob of egg, and a blob of tofu floating in some grass or algae or something. They had all you can eat rice and miso soup too … which I did … except it was more like all you can drink for the miso soup part.

If it looks like a big breakfast, it’s because there are 2 of them: someone sat across from me and watched me eat both.

Most of the rest of the rest of the places I stayed at either didn’t offer breakfast or had a “help yourself” to coffee, juice, bread, and rice type deal going on. I would have said all of the rest of the rest of the places had this “help yourself” style, but one didn’t … so I can’t.

Fueled up and ready to roll, I was off to the next destination:

Tōjinbō 東尋坊 , Fukui Prefecture

Wikipedia describes it as: “a series of surreal, eerie basaltic cliffs“.

Tōjinbō basaltic cliffs

I think the person who wrote that must have really liked them a lot and had a bigger vocabulary than me.

It was hard to get the “eerie” feeling with 1,000 other people standing all over the place. You just can’t see them in my photos because … I’m really good I guess. I bet I could take pictures at the Olympics and you wouldn’t even know there were any people there … or that the photos were of the Olympics either!


painting rocks!

If I had to write this one up in Wikipedia, I’d say “It was pretty cool in a day trip sort of way and it didn’t suck”.

more rocks

Tōjinbō is also a well-known place to commit suicide. According to statistics, as many as 25 people suicide off the cliffs annually. Recently, a retired police officer, Yukio Shige, began patrolling the cliffs and has so far convinced 129 people to not jump and seek help; he keeps in touch with every one of them to this day. (from Wiki)

See! I can be informative sometimes. So stay away from this place at night … unless you want some old cop talking to you and phoning you all the time afterwards.

Spot the Harajuku Girl

I spotted a Harajuku girl wobbling and teetering over the rocks. I guess sometimes Harajuku Girls  do travel.
You can take the Girl out of Harajuku, but you can’t take the Harajuku out of the Girl … I guess.

There were a lot of tourist shops selling seafood on sticks, possible art pieces made out of shells, and those toys that look like a ferret’s wrestling with a ball.concrete gray elephants

 This tombstone/lantern/giant elephant planter shop was a bit slow on the day I was there.

Where Ice Cream Cones go to die

 There was ice cream for sale too. I notice this dropped cone in the parking lot and wondered why the nearby crows weren’t fighting over it. Then I noticed a hawk/kite/thing that crows are scared of thing circling in the sky.

That bird was pretty fast: I was almost tempted to buy an ice cream cone and drop it in the parking lot so I could get a better picture of it. (the bird not the ice cream cone)

The crows swarmed in afterwards for the ice cream spoils. I tucked my spoon back in my pocket.


And then I was off to the next destination which was an 8 hour drive like a madman away.

No time for Obama on this trip
I passed by Obama even, but didn’t have time to stop in and say hello.


note: I ate a bunch of clams on a stick while observing the rocks. The clam on a stick seller said my Japanese was really good … until I said I’d lived here for 9 years. Then she kind of just wandered off and pretended to look like she was doing something important.



7 responses to “When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 2)

  1. Hey thanks for the info, the cliffs look pretty interesting. The breakfast! Fish are friends not food! At least for breakfast. I think I could deal with the 7-11 breakfasts or the hotel ones. I love these kind of peeks into Japan, thanks for doing it.

  2. I’ve had that moment with the clam vendor too. Except it was in Germany and she was a he and was selling bratwurst. He thought I did pretty well until I told him how long I’d been working at it. Oh well.

    Had to hit the link for Harajuku Girls. I find this both fascinating and very, very funny. I hardly have time for breakfast these days, let alone putting a get up like that together and then going to “be seen.”

    I must be getting old. I can feel my curmudgeon coming on. 😉

    -Turkish Prawn

  3. Hmmm, well, what does the cop look like? 😛

  4. The cliffs instantly reminded me of Mendelssohn’s, The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) Overture.

    The rocks would’ve made a nice back drop for some shots of Cos-play-zoku. Especially the goth ones.

  5. Quite the little “school girl” outfit that young woman was wearing. I suppose you didn’t notice it.

    Eating ice cream off the pavement is a new low, even for you.

  6. I prefer the words “help yourself”. It sounds better than “all you can eat” or with some people, “eat all you can”. I like the elephant planter.

    I see you have an emergency spoon you keep in your pocket. Do you also have emergency chopsticks?

  7. Thanks for all the comments.

    sweetiegirlz: I’ve never seen a restaurant in Japan that caters to the breakfast crowd. I guess people either eat it at home or in hotels. … although I have noticed a few breakfast burritos sneaking into the 7-11s.

    Turkish Prawn: the Harajuku Girls are a bit different, but I guess in a place where everyone has black hair and dark eyes it’s a way to stand out.
    There was a fashion about 8 years involving wearing very loud Hawaiin shirts and slapping on as much fake tan make up as possible … and then putting on white lipstick. It’s over now, but I still spot a few people out in the country who are having trouble getting over it.

    Dennis the Vizsla: hee hee!

    razzbuffnik: it would be interesting to see Cos-play zoku photographed totally out of their environment: ie … at the pyramids, in the slums of (add country here), in Antarctica, …

    S. Le: I was going to ask to take her photo when I passed her down on the rocks, but decided to try out my camera’s zoom instead. Looking over the photos … I should have asked to take a picture.
    As for the ice cream, the “1 hour rule” applies for ice cream. hee hee!

    Tammy: Emergency chopsticks are useless here; no one drops anything with them.
    You know Mr. Miyagi catching the fly in The Karate Kid? … everyone can do that over here. hee hee!

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