During my last trip to Tokyo I was outwitted by the streets and thwarted by the clock and thus did not have time to check out the Godzilla statue near Hibiya Park.  I rectified that this time:

Rectified?!?! Damn near…waitaminut, that joke won’t work at all.  Oh well, look kids, GOJIRA!!!!!

Here is a picture, again completely unprocessed, from my first full day in Japan.  Mt. Fuji, or Fuji-san, emerging above a cloud bank:

While I have been working on a day by day account of my time here in Japan, I have not managed to squeeze in enough writing time to finish the first day so please to being satiated with this picture:

I took this yesterday while at Senso-ji in Asakusa, Tokyo.

(Please note I have not had time to do any post processing or cleanup on this image.)

..the James has come back to Japan.

After what feels like the travel day from Hell I am settled at my hotel, the Grand Prince Asakasa for those of you who are wondering, and about to head to bed. Before that I thought I would share this:

The view from my hotel window.

After getting settled, showered and changing clothes I decided to acquaint myself with the neighborhood. I can’t remember where I read it, and am too lazy to consult the Google machine, but whoever said the best way to get to know a city is to get lost in a city is absolutely right. I LOVE going for walks in strange cities, particularly at night when the streets are alive with people leaving work or going on dates. I like to wander aimlessly through the streets and just get a sense of the crowds.

Tonight I did that for a bit before I stopped at a convenience store and picked up dinner:

Yummy! Now it is time for bed so I can take advantage of the not shitty weather tomorrow. I plan on hitting Hakone for the day.

I am not embarrassed to admit I am a fan of Hello Kitty.  I like the clean lines of her simple design and I believe the simplicity of her design is one of the major factors which has contributed to her success.  She now appears on everything from a Louis Vutton purse, which is cool in a Hello Kitty comes full circle way as she first appeared on a coin purse, to a cage fighter’s junk.  (In 2003 Hello Kitty was earning $1 billion a year OUTSIDE of Japan.)  Personally I thought the over-the-top product for Hello Kitty was 2006′s platinum Hello Kitty with the $150,000 price tag.  I was wrong, so very, VERY wrong.  I’ll allow Mr. Colbert to explain:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Tip/Wag – Hello Kitty Wine & Pig’s Blood Filters
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First I would like to know who, exactly, demanded this?  It is all kinds of awesome and I may have to try and track some down during my upcoming trip to Tokyo.  Second I would like to know how it tastes?  Is to good wine?  Regardless I think I have found a Christmas gift for a couple of you who may or may not be reading this.

If you need more Hello Kitty in your life then I suggest you check out the internet’s number one source for Hello Kitty ephemera, and tattoos, Hello Kitty Hell.  I will leave you with this image which makes me happy to no end: