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12 2010

First Outing except the Venue

As I said, I went to a shopping mall yesterday.

The mall is within a mile from the hotel. I could walk down there because it was occasionally cloudy. (This town is always ridiculously sunny. The daylong sunshine is almost murderous.)

I introduce few things I found along the way.

blue Torii

Unacceptable blue Torii (鳥居: a Shinto shrine gate) at the entrance of a sushi restaurant
Maybe, it’s the Florida style. This façade tells that an owner of the restaurant is not Japanese or not religious Japanese. A vermilion-lacquered Torii (most common) would ward off evil spirits and marks the transition from the sacred to the profane, but this one….

mizaru, kwazaru, kikazaru

Three wise monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.
I never thought I'd see you guys here!
It seems that garden décor items in the motif of the monkeys are sort of popular in the US.

TV in sport bar

I watched a telecast of women's softball at a sports bar. If it’s local cable television broadcasting, no company plans to broadcast this minor sport in Japan. It shows a high interest in sports, and I think more people support softball players in the US than Japan.

Mall Florida

Shopping is therapeutic for women whether in a high-end store or not.

shopping in Florida

I bought these for myself, and they costed me about as much as two-night stay at a hotel in which I was thinking to move yesterday!


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