“City of Trees” brass band plays at Castro Street Festival

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赤シャツには、立ち退きをしやすくする法令に反対するメッセージが書かれています。

Sunny skies and an anti-eviction t-shirt. Very SF 2014. Here’s some more info about City of Trees Brass Band.

Wide streets and big skies in San Francisco

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I’ve been enjoying wandering through my old haunts in San Francisco. I lived on this block for ten years during and after graduate school.

Compared to Tokyo, I always wonder, where is everybody? It seems they are either indoors or in their cars.

Fur matching and remodeling, still available on 29th Street

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What is the occasion for “fur matching”? When you’ve burned a cigar hole in the sleeve? I also wonder what “fur remodeling” includes: a wash and set, deep conditioner, brushing and blow drying, scissors and thread, or what?

Manhattan has not yet been completely re-made with glassy new high rises and frat boys

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Manhattan is mostly unrecognizable from when I first visited in the 1970s as a child: the streetscape, the people, the sense of creativity and excitement are all different. I was relieved to see this neon-clad, “handmade” cigar shop wedged between patrol car and “reasonable rates” tax preparer.

I miss the endless city views from our Tokyo balcony

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サンフランシスコのアパートは一階です。東京のベランダから見える、終わりのないような都市景色が懐かしいです。

In San Francisco, we live on the ground floor. I miss the endless city views from our Tokyo balcony.

Banana tree offers a tropical vibe on a narrow Tokyo balcony

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東京のベランダで、バナナの木は熱帯の雰囲気を作り出します。狭い庭なのに、ニュージーランドやいろいろな太平洋の国からの植物があります。

On our Tokyo balcony, late summer clouds, Edo-style morning glory, New Zealand flax, and a banana tree are a mix of Pacific Ocean geographies.

Approaching the un-renovated side of Nakano station

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リフォームしなかったJR中野駅南口には、レトログラマーが残っています。アメリカにいるときは、電車でどこでも行けるのが懐かしく感じます。日本の電車は、世界で一番きれいで便利だと思います。

There’s a certain retro glamour to the un-renovated South entrance of JR Nakano station. When I am back in the US, I miss the ability to go literally anywhere by train. The cleanliness and comfort is unsurpassed.