Hello! from Rick Cogley

Dec 13, 2023 ↓

Bean bun boogie, Shinbashi Tokyo. 📷🧆

Woman in purple uniform exchanges a bean bun for some change, in warm light.

Dec 13, 2023 ↓

Dec 13 marks the formal start in Japan of 正月事始め(shougatsu-goto-hajime) when the Big Tidy activities start and it’s off to the mountains to get 門松 (kadomatsu) materials. 🎍🇯🇵

Dec 13, 2023 ↓

Maru the Shiba came back from day care and the staff who drove him said he and other Shibas hadn’t pooped. A border collie friend kept running up like “hey! Whatcha doing!? Any good smells there?” causing poopus interruptus. 😂🐕

Three Shiba dogs on yellow fallen leaves.

Dec 14, 2023 ↓

Empty Tokyo restaurant. 📷⏳

Interior of a restaurant with a line of empty tables during non peak hours.

Dec 15, 2023 ↓

A program in place since 1906 in Japan, Dec 15-25 marks the period during which you can post a 年賀状 “nengajo” postcard for Jan 1 arrival. 🇯🇵🏣📷

A nengajo new year’s greeting postcard from 2012-13.

Dec 16, 2023 ↓

Destruction of the ancestral “jikka” home under tarps, 2019. 📷🇯🇵

A home between white and green tarps being torn down by a small yellow backhoe.

Dec 17, 2023 ↓

Dec 16, 1890 (M23) marks the start of phone service between Tokyo and Yokohama with 155 and 44 phones respectively. The 7 female operators (with 2 males on night shift) could connect you for 240K JPY in today’s money. 🇯🇵📞

Dec 17, 2023 ↓

Dec 17 1903, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was the first 4 manned flights by the Wright Brothers over a short distance. Today you can hang glide it! 🛫📷

Young woman giving a peace sign sitting on the sand dunes at Kitty Hawk NC, before her hang glider flight.

Dec 18, 2023 ↓

Robert Patrick, who played the T-1000 in one of the Terminator films has a good line in the new Reacher season on Amazon Prime. Someone asks about an alias: "Who’s Sarah Conner?" and his character quips, "I don’t give a shit, just keep an eye on that hotel." 😆

Dec 19, 2023 ↓

Baron Yoshitoshi Tokugawa (relative of the last Shogun) piloted Japan’s first powered flight 19 Dec 1910 where Yoyogi Park is today. 🇯🇵🪽

Dec 19, 2023 ↓

Red down left 📷

Red bench sculpture object in Tokyo courtyard surrounds a lonely tree.