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The index page for postcards I create.
The postcard index page.   I decided to try a postcard format as I was running so far behind with my blog entries as I have a natural tendency to write way to much. This pag… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/postcard/

Anime. Manga. Made in Japan.

I took advantage of a fine day in Tokyo to visit Anime Japan 2014 being held at Tokyo Big Sight.
  // I took advantage of a fine day in Tokyo to visit Anime Japan 2014 being held at Tokyo Big Sight. Anime and Manga are two words which for many is synonymous with Jap… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/anime-manga-made-japan/

VB top shelf?

VB top shelf? Yes, I was shocked!
I've discovered in some Tokyo shops Victoria Bitter (VB) is a top-shelf beer. Here I was thinking Fosters was the only beer Australian's inflicted on our allies. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/vb-top-shelf/

MC + Double bass + drums + lead guitar = Fusion Jazz

The umbrellas hid the Japanese hipsters grooving to the tunes
The Japanese Sakura onslaught brings with it lots of free events on Tokyo. One we attended was the Harukaze-2014 festival held over two days (29 and 30 March) with free music and … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/mc-double-bass-drums-lead-guitar-fusion-jazz/

In early spring Tokyo Outdoors means Sakura

A photo of a grand old Sakura (さくら)
Visited the Tokyo Outdoors festival in Shinjuku Central Park on 30 March. It was raining which limited the crowds, which afforded me the opportunity to take this photo of a grand … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/early-spring-tokyo-outdoors-means-sakura/

A wordcloud for your last 3,000 tweets or so

A quick post about how to do a word cloud of your tweets
  // Have you ever wanted to see a picture of your tweets? Here is one of my last 3,000 or so tweets, with some filtering applied. Now the steps described below are f… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/wordcloud-your-last-3000-tweets-or-wo/

A little ray in Tokyo Bay.

Walking along Tokyo Bay enjoying the sunshine of an early spring day I spotted a ray.
Walking along Tokyo Bay enjoying the sunshine of an early spring day I spotted a ray. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/little-ray-tokyo-bay/

Yippy – Spring

The photo says it all really, we’re so over cold weather.
The photo says it all really, we’re so over cold weather. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/yippy-/

Not being an Akihabara road statistic.

I certainly would not be game to try this photo on any other day, lest I become a road statistic.
It is quite rare one of the main roads leading to Akihabara is closed to anything but pedestrian traffic. I certainly would not be game to try this photo on any other day, lest I … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/not-being-akihabara-road-statistic/

That is not a queue; this is a queue.

Crowd control is something the Japanese have down pat!
I attended the Anime Japan 2014 festival. I thought it may be popular, but I was not expecting this queue (the photo is part of it). At least it was a sunny day, and crowd control… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/not-queue-queue/

A moving room with a view.

This is a train driver’s perspective on a trip from Abashiri towards Shari in northeast Hokkaido (Japan).
This is a train driver’s perspective on a trip from Abashiri towards Shari in northeast Hokkaido (Japan). I think the scenery is beautiful but quite stark; perhaps the first s… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/moving-room-view/

They make the gulls big in Abashiri.

The gulls are large enough that they do not so much as want the chips but demand the entire packet.
On a cruise to see if we could find any frozen ocean we got up close and personal with the large gulls which seem to frequent the Abashiri area. They are majestic animals w… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/they-make-gulls-big-abashiri/

Do you love a good example of hypocrisy and/or bias?

A quick post about a recent news.com.au article.
  // Do you love a good example of hypocrisy and/or bias? I know I do. Here's one for you: do a Google search on “Convoy of no confidence news.com.au” and you should find… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/do-you-love-good-example-hypocrisy-andor-bias/

Ikebana. Art. Sushi.

A quick blog post about a fun weekend absorbing some art in Tokyo.
  // Ikebana. Art. Sushi. Warning: I’m starting to get a handle on Japanese characters (Hiragana ひらがな in this case) there’ll be a sprinkling through this post. Over the l… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/ikebana-art-sushi/