The Marunouchi Line is a subway line in Tokyo. It’s route is between Ogikubo Station in Suginami-ku in west Tokyo then running eastbound through Shinjuku, after that it runs through Tokyo Station eastbound, it finishes at Ikebukuro Station near the Yamanote Line. The Marunouchi Line was built after the war and was completed in 1954 and was named after the Marunouchi district near Tokyo Station. It is the one the most busiest and crowded of the subway lines in Tokyo and runs both below and above ground. The subway has a unique third-rail electric system and it’s cars are only 18m per car. Recently in early 2019 the new red colored 2000 series trains came into service with lower power consumption and wheelchair and stroller access.
The banner Defund, Demilitarize (Black Lives Matter) was created and raised up by Khalilah Ramirez and her group The Dance of Peace in San Jose on June 9th 2020 in front of San Jose City Hall. Khalilah Ramirez is the creator of performance art called The Dance of Peace and its purpose is to effect inner light, joy, and peacefulness in people. She is an artist, educator, and author based in San Jose and works with groups such as Silicon Valley De-bug, Sangham Arts, and San Jose State University. Khalilah Ramirez and her members Calia Kammer, and Sharat Lin danced in front of San Jose City Hall for their performance. Sharat Lin said the banner’s purpose was for “Peace and love for the community, instead of police brutality and killings” as it relates to the recent George Floyd killing and protests.
Alviso Slough Trail at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Picture of Mayumi and Matsuken (background)
Matsukenpan is a relatively new family run bakery in Soka City, Japan located in Saitama Prefecture. The owners are Matsuken and Mayumi who are husband and wife. Their menu includes: 1. Bread of different types 2. Croissants 3. Koppapan (sandwich) 4. Wormwood cherry tree Anpan. Mayumi was quoted in saying “I’m working hard to become a Matsukenpan loved by everyone.” The address of Matsukenpan is: 2-12-7 Takasago, Soka City, Saitama Kobayashi Building 1F near the Soka train station.
A coast redwood tree in San Jose 2020
The coast redwood is one of the tallest living species on Earth with some measuring 375 feet tall
The oldest redwood tree is a least 2,200 year old
The coast redwood is native to North America and their range is from southern Oregon to Monterey in California
Studies have shown that redwoods capture more carbon dioxide (CO2) from cars, airplanes, and power plants than any other tree
Redwoods are resistant to insects, fire, and rot
Photograph taken in October 2019
Yanaka and Nezu located in Bunkyo ward in Tokyo is a community where you can see a slower paced life with charm. It’s also less commercialized with the prevalence of family or smaller owned businesses. It is characterized by back alleys, stores, pubs, and well maintained homes. This area survived the firebombing in World War II so you find many older buildings and temples.
San Jose State University is my alma mater. Left is Spartan Recreation & Aquatic Center. Right is Provident Credit Union Event Center at SJSU.
San Jose State University was one of the institutions in California that was closed due to the “shelter in place” order by California governor Gavin Newsom because of the Novel Coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. This mandate prohibits California residents from leaving the house except for health care visits, grocery shopping, picking up food, medication, going to the bank, laundromats, or exercising. People are now trying to adjust to this new temporary public policy.
Alviso Slough Trail at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso, San Jose
Birds mostly fly
When they don’t
They hang out
You can find Negi Soba 高遠そば in Ouchi-juku 大内宿 in Fukushima Prefecture. It is eaten with a long green onion (negi) instead of chopsticks.
Soba eaten with negi
But very delicious