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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.



The Measures

The Weights and Measures 

The Measure family lived a half mile out of town in a semi-detached house on a quarter acre lot in the “Wuthering Heights” subdivision. Some people thought the area was named after the nearby heath and cliff; others, thought it was given the name because it was boring like the book.

Mr. Measure was a surveyor and Mrs. Measure a pharmacist. They had one child together named Milli.

Milli Measure

Since her parents had been married once or twice before, Milli had three half-brothers which she collectively called her one and a half brothers. She had a step-sister she referred to as her quarter sister; and she had an adopted sister who was one eighth something, so she called her Susan.

Many times the siblings were divided on issues, but they usually met each other halfway.
All the children were loved equally by their parents and often Mr. Measure would proudly exclaim, “When it comes to our family, there are no half-Measures!

They had a pet quarter-horse that was half thoroughbred and half whole grain, named Raisin; but the children called it Edward Furlong for some reason.

Edward Furlong  a.k.a Raisin

The Measures had a yard sale to raise money for their favorite charity, ” The Halfway Green House for House Plants” which grew house plants and promoted “Being Green Around The House” and wished to combat dehouseplantation because deforestation was too big to combat with only one greenhouse and limited funds raised from the charity box at their onsite gas station.

A big turn out turned out for the Measures’ yard sale.
Their wares included: square shoes for square feet in various sizes; half pants with a few holes in them and whole pants with half as many holes in them as the half pants; antique coffee table spoons; uncletique half pipes for snowboarders; old games with missing pieces and missing pieces for old games; weigh scales, piano scales, and alligator scales from Alligator shirts made in China; and garden metrognomes.

garden variety metrognome


They also sold: half slices of pizza and watermelon, quarter cupcakes, full half cups of coffee, and hamburgers that they had no idea how much meat were in them!

Mr. Measure went around shouting half orders to everyone and by the end of the day most of the Measures were going half out of their minds and were half fed up.
Eventually half of everything was sold which was almost everything because everything was pretty much half to begin with.

The Measures raised enough money for “The Halfway Green House For House Plants” that the charity was able to build another greenhouse and change their name to “The Wholeway Halfway Green Houses For House Plants And Semi-Tropical Ferns“.


note: I’d mention their neighbors “The Weights“, but that’s a heavy subject.

Mr. Weight waiting