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)