Pokeman-inspired offerings at Osaka cafe.

Just a few of the Hello Kitty-themed phone accessories at the Sanrio store.

Akemi snags a biscuit from some poor unsuspecting elderly shop mascot.

I suspect this is an advertisement for some spa where you can get away from it all, enjoy a sumptuous buffet, and then enjoy a nice, relaxing curry sauna.

Subway poster warning punch-happy drunken salarymen: “We’ve got eyes on you!”

This poor kid broke his arm playing in this parking lot.  May what happened to him be a lesson to you all!

The interior garden in Akemi’s Osaka family home.

Akemi kicking back in Roppongi Hills.

Tonight, I’m making a rare foray into an industry event as I hit the Writers Guild of Canada pre-holiday bash.  I plan to really tear it up – in the hour or so I’ll be there before heading home in time for my 10 p.m. bedtime reading.  Partaaaay!

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Gforce
Gforce

That interior garden looks beautiful! So peaceful.

Just got back home after a quick but wonderful pre-Christmas trip to visit my friends in PEI. Now to get ready for the Christmas party I’m hosting on Sat.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Akemi’s family garden is truly wonderful. I’d love to sit in it and explore all its details (if that makes sense?)

Ponytail
Ponytail

“Final Edition”? Boo, boo, boo! Thank you for sharing your time in Tokyo with us. It was fun and educational as usual.

nantokanaru77

Curry sauna or onsen? Can you choose level 5 or 10? LOL !!!

Nicolas Bannister

These photo comments are hilarious.
I loled at the curry sauna and the broken arm kid. grin

Marcia29
Marcia29

One more thank you for ‘my trip’ to Japan! smile

Margaret Clayton

Oh, that tiny garden! So lovely and serene.

jimfromjersey

The Family garden is beautiful. That’s really, really cool.

Enjoy the party if you have time!

Mark Bunbury
Mark Bunbury

Akemi h one @ Osaka is homely, simple and yet sooo beautiful.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Wonderful pictures! If you added a lap pool, that backyard would be my dream place. Was that a security camera up above on the left?

shinyhula
shinyhula

Wow, Akemi grew up in the Shire! I love that beautiful dreamy garden, looks like a wonderful place to sit and read or just meditate.