Items of interest

5 Mar

1. One of my favorite ume trees is this tiny bonsai along my commute, in someone’s front yard:

2. Vending machines are popular in Japan. Not snack machines — those are almost impossible to find. But pretty much everything else on the planet that will fit into a vending machine gets one here. (including, according to legend, used panties) Drinks are the most common, of course; there are probably more drink machines than people in any given square mile.

But on a bike ride today, I happened upon this machine in Chikugo-shi:

That’s right. Eggs. An egg vending machine.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

3. I’ve mentioned before that on warm weekends, the old people at the community center across the road wake me up at 7am doing radio exercises in the yard. Some day I’ll get out of bed and take a video, but until then, check out this vid I found. These are the exercises, which everyone in Japan knows how to do and have been the exact same routine since 1920 or something. (I found the vid and info on this awesome blog about Japanese food and life)

Radio Taiso:


3 Responses to “Items of interest”

  1. Bill March 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Beautiful snapshots of life. Tiny portraits!

  2. Sunny March 12, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    Love those exercises. I wanna do them too! Only 8 min and you get a decent workout! My cup o tea!

  3. margueritewable April 9, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Dear Carolyn,

    Searcher at the Architecture Infrastructure Territory Laboratory (LIAT), we actually are conducting a research as part of the tender of the French Ministry of Culture “Thinking architecture, the city and the landscape through the prism of energy.” Its title: “Future of the vehicle, the future of cities. Urban life in the era of automobility “.

    We are in particular interested in the new way of shopping.
    To illustrate this research, we found on your blog a picture of a Egg vending machine in Japan (point 2. of your article “Items of interest”).
    First of all, we would like to get more informations about this image (location, date…).
    Also, we would be particularly grateful that you tell us much about the source of this image, potential loans, and if it is possible to obtain a better definition required for the publication of a work in progress. If you have other iconography in your possession or to indicate to us, it can also interest us.

    For more informations and to discuss, please contact me on :

    We thank you in advance for the help you can give us in this research,

    Our best regards,

    Marguerite Wable
    Research Assistant
    LIAT /ENSA Paris-Malaquais
    14 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris

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