Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The narrowest house of Kitakami

And the longest too!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Almost no snow this year

But after last winter's heavy snow loads, all the people have secured their garden plants against being damaged by the snow, using decorative tying-techniques (see also here , here and here).

Monday, January 29, 2007


Hungry, but self-controlled dog.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

New year's party

Dance performance at a shinenkai (New Year's Party).
Companies, clubs and all kind of societies celebrate these parties during the whole month of January.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Still life with one old house and two old cars

All three of them are abandoned.

Friday, January 26, 2007


Another post about the Japanese and their cars - isn't this a strange name for a car?
But it seems that the meaning isn't actually very important; many people don't speak english so they don't understand it. But it is important that the name comes from a foreign language or at least sounds like that, because this is fancy.
There are lots of other strange names, maybe I'll show you some occasionally.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The sky above our neighbourhood

Cables wherever you look.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Morning light, morning snow

And the street was like a skating rink.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Another beautiful garden entrance gate

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hot spring station

This is the station of the small town of Yuda on the Kitakami-line. It's famous for having a hot spring bath directly in the station building.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Houses in the fields

Friday, January 19, 2007

Spring is coming

... with pink plastic plum blossoms sprouting from the lamp post.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

International telephone

In Japan, you can't use all puplic phones to make international calls, it has to be one marked as such - like this english looking phone box close to Kitakami station. Note the Onikenbai-devil masks, the emblem of Kitakami.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Front of a house in the traditional japanese style (but I think it is not a real old one, rather an imitation).

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Snowy garden

Monday, January 15, 2007

Steam van

From time to time, this van is driving around our neighbourhood very slowly, constantly emitting a strident noise (like a giant pressure cooker), and you can stop it to buy steamed sweet potatos from the driver.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sledging kid

... and on the photo, you can't see how fast he went actually!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Typical japanese restaurant near our house.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Sorry, another car picture

Shiny truck with New Year talisman.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Warm welcome for Mr. Mark

But he is immediately informed that he is not allowed to smoke here, in English and Japanese. (If I interpret the Japanese kanji correctly, they mean something like "the ban of smoking is love" (???). (Japanese speakers, please correct me!)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Society should reflect ...

Good idea. And after reflecting, people perhaps will stop buying such cars for driving through the earth's tender environment.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Shrines for sale

Monday, January 08, 2007

Shrine visit for the beginning of the New Year (most people go there during the first three days of January).

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Another strange car

There are really many strange looking car types existing in this country.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Trimmed tree

Trees are not allowed to grow very high in this town.

Friday, January 05, 2007

You can't start soon enough!

Gambling machines for children at a local supermarket.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Lampion illumination at a shrine during the New Year's night.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Incredibly blue berries

Although I'm a botanist, I have no idea what species this might be.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Skiing season is open

At Geto ski resort, in the mountains of Kitakami.
And because of the New Year's holidays (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January are public holidays), lots of people are coming to ski, even from far away, although there isn't so much snow yet.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Very yellow

Pachinko and slot center.