Richard Mulvihill

Manga Kissaten Kanji (Nihongo Word Smash)

Manga Kissaten Sign

The manga kissaten is a place to read your favorite manga and have some coffee so that you can stay awake to read more manga. The “comic book coffee shop”, to use its direct translation, has evolved over the years into a kind of information convenient store. What I focus on here is the Nihongo…

Pick me up, or drop me down?

depresso coffee drink

I wondered if you were supposed to drink this when you were depressed, to kind of lift your spirits? Or drink it if you were a little to wound up. Maybe you need to “take the edge off”. There was only one way to find out. It was on the shelf of my favorite Family…

Matsushima seagulls

Mastushima Seagull

The famous seagulls of beautiful Matsushima bay fly along at full wingspan just within touching distance. This particular bird was staring right at the food I was holding in my hand. As I was commenting on the grace and poise of a bird in full flight, he landed next to me and gave me that…

Featured Photo: Sanyo Solar Ark

Sanyo Solar Ark, Gifu Japan

The Sanyo Solar Ark is a giant seemingly floating solar panel located in front of Sayno’s Gifu plant. It is extremely long at almost 3.5 football fields. (344 yards, 315 meters, about .2 miles). Though it looks like the world largest environmentally friendly corporate sign, it is still a very impressive display of technology. You…

Nagoya Centrair Airport

This is the Central Japan International Airport, or Chubu Centrair airport as its called. The airport is built on a man made island in Ise bay near Nagoya city. Make sure you have a seat on the left side of the plane, because you are right on the ocean as the plane takes off. It…