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Hokkaido Toki Salmon

Hokkaido Toki Salmon, originally uploaded by Tony Alexander. The average life span of salmon is between five and seven years, in which time they go through an amazing transition between fresh water and salt water - anadromous. Typically, salmon is harvested around their fifth or sixth year, just after they swim up stream to lay their eggs. Here in Hokkaido, salmon is typically enjoyed at around the third year of the salmon's life; just before they lay their eggs. The meat is juicer, pinker, and more flavorsome than any salmon you've ever had at this age. I baked everything you see in this picture, and I didn't have to add any seasoning either. I must've ate everything except its head. This is best enjoyed over a nice bowl of hot premium Japanese rice.

Christmas Steam Train Bound for Niigata!

A couple of times a year Aizu Wakamatsu Station of Fukushima Prefecture operates a Christmas steam train to Niigata.   This C57180 engine is black and classical with its Plumes of thick smoke rising from her stack invoke a moment before my time.    The snowscapes and sunset from the train window are priceless and unforgettable.  Especially now, with 180cm of snowfall through out parts of Tohoku would make this the perfect time to ride a classic steam engine like this.   Meandering through mountains and valleys and frozen over rice fields with little tiny patches of snow.  
This train ride was replete with fireworks and carolers singing Christmas songs at just about every stop we made. I must’ve took hundreds of pictures! Sleeping drunk men sprawled over the floor, children running and playing about wearing hats while toting bags of candy with smiles across their faces

I ate four ekibens and downed five 350ml. bottles of sake while soaking in the sunset amidst a breathtaking backdrop of…

Legs I Love Sucking On: Hokkaido Crab!

I would like to talk about this years crabs. Every year I fly to Kushiro city in Hokkaido in order to purchase crabs. Why Kushiro...? Well, because it is closer to Hanasaki city, which is also famous, but for a very unique crab called – Hanasaki Gani – with a G instead of a K. Between these two cities you can get the best seasonal crabs in Japan. Of course there're other prefectures that lay claim to fame for having the best crab, but I think hands down Hokkaido pulls in the biggest and freshest and most tastiest catches. Some of you may recall a shooting incident which took place off the coast of Nemuro city, a seaport village just a few hours north of Kushiro, a few years back where Japanese fishermen were caught poaching crabs in illegal Russian waters. A Russian coast guard fired on and killed a Japanese fisherman while he was caught red handed trying to poach crabs. It was a Hanasaki Gani which is pictured at the bottom left corner of the second photo; dark red, spiny,…

Osanbashi Pier of Minato Mirai

What better place to be than here, on a pier that stretches into the harbor, offering panoramic views of gorgeous downtown Minato Mirai. Osanbashi Pier is one of the most famous spots to take a date because from this pier one can get a 360 degree view of downtown Minato Mirai's beautiful night skyline, and especially with nightly illuminations, this spot is very hard to beat from December to February. Another nice thing is that there's no admissions fee and the park stays open until 21:30 everyday. There's also a place for snacks and beverages on the basement floor. This was also good place to out my new Canon 40D which I had some trouble getting used to, but finally figured out how to work around some of the complicated stuff I didn't understand yet. If you do plan to take serious pictures leave the girlfriend at home because she will feel lonely with you concentrating on your camera and not her! Plus she'll ruin your concentration and move around nex…

Night Time at Sankeien Gardens

Okay! Here are just a few night pixies of Sankeien Gardens. I love to use star filters.

Autumn in Sankeien Garden

I love gardens. I think it’s really a pity that so much beauty goes under appreciated, but in order not to sound so soppy I want to explain to you the reason I chose to write about this garden. The infusion of local ideas and principles through different mediums of expression are evident in just about every aspect of Japanese history, lore, and architecture. As such I have chosen this garden, but not just for this infusion, but because my blog infuses similar principles of beauty: Shrines, Nihonshu, Hot Springs, Food, and Natural Japanese Women.

When Sankei Hara built the SankeienGarden he took the best ideas and inspirations from both Kyoto( namely the famous KatsuraRikyuPalace) and Kamakura, which are well known cities in Japan which are also famous for their natural balance and seemingly timeless beauty all year round. It’s because of this blending of local history and natural landscape that so many people come from far and wide to see this garden.

Another neat aspect of this garden …

Warm Winters and Sake

This winter, as you pour warm sake into her belly button, reflect on her curvaceousness. The overflow of sake as it moves downward from her navel following the will of gravity in a snake like motion and then settling down into her boundless beauty a whiff of nature mixed with hints of soft floral scented sake and then a nice quaff as the after-taste permeates back into your nose – (sigh) this is what winters are for.

 Her snow clad hair, majestic mountains rising up out of a natural hot spring as she stands up, tiny little beads of healthy sweat moving down the nape of her neck and down her shoulders; breathing slightly heavily, yet naturally and evenly, exhaling sake scented breath. She presents herself to me with approving eyes, sushi neatly and beautifully adorned around each areola as each nipple stands erected presenting its pinkish colored centers.

Mons veneris can that be? I almost mistook it for a shiny beautiful black sea urchin waiting for me to eat.  How fine and so…

Onsen Beauty!

What I love: mochi skin, good leg development, fairly tall, loves nihonshu, and nature and most of all Japan. Or, that wonderful mix of freshly shampooed hair and onsen water...and mist from a mighty flowing river. Water beads streaming down the tautness of her smooth skin. Just carefree and without shame, mother naked.   It's the real Japan.

It's the wonderful mix of her laughter and her hoity-toity way that evoke eternity.      A timeless silliness, like there's no care in the world.    I can catch the aroma of the lunch box on the rock in the foreground.   Beer and sake work very well with Japanese cuisine, but green tea works even better.   Cold green tea and Japanese bento.    Sitting in a hot spring helps you work up an appetite all the time.

There used to be a time when women had no shame.   And that being mother naked was more normal than it is today.   Now, women just cover everything up.    Shame was first introduced by the fall of Adam and Steve, and ev…