Fair Play Rose

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, CA May 2022

Fair Play Rose

Rosaceae Family

1 ft. to 5 ft. size

1 ft. to 5 ft. width

edibles, shrubs

medium leaves, deciduous

purples, reds

Bloomtime Range: Early Summer to Mid Fall

Tsuruga-jo Castle

Tsuruga-jo Castle 鶴ヶ城 is the symbol of Aizu and located in Aizu-Wakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture. It was known as an invincible castle as it lasted one month against an enemy during the end of the Edo era 1868-1869. But in 1874 it was torn down into stone walls. Later it was rebuilt in 1965 and also in 2011 it went through a major facelift. You can view cherry blossoms in the spring and fall leaves in autumn. The address is 1-1 Outemachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima, 965-0873. For more information please contact: info@tsurugajo.com


Minowabashi or “Joyful Minowa” is a local shopping street located in Arakawa-ku in Tokyo. It is 400 meter long street with inexpensive food and produce vendors and bargain shops. The main characteristic of the street are friendly vendors who make the neighborhood an inviting place to visit. To access please take the Hibiya subway line and exit at the Minowa Station. Minowabashi is only a five minute walk from the station.

Night Time

Taken at San Jose Japantown February 2022. Photograph was taken by using the rear-curtain sync setting from my camera and flash (flash fired after shutter is released so you only see the lights of passing vehicle)

Night life brings

Fleeting moments

And memories


Studio Alta is one of Shinjuku’s prime meeting spots with it’s large screen. Photo taken in the 1990’s

Shinjuku is a major district in Tokyo that is known for skyscrapers, shopping and electronic stores, and a lively dining and entertainment district. Another interesting site worth visiting in Shinjuku is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and it’s observation decks and picturesque views of Tokyo. Shinjuku is known as the world’s busiest train station with ten platforms that serve 20 tracks and 12 train links, and more than 3.6 million daily passengers using the station. To access Shinjuku Station you can take JR Lines: Yamamote Line, Chuo Main Line Rapid, Chuo Rapid Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, and Saikyo Line. Non-JR lines to access Shinjuku are: Odakyu Electric Railway, Keio Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and Toei Subway’s Toei Shinjuku and Toei Oedo lines.

Kitamae Yokocho in Sakata Yamagata Prefecture

Kitamae Yokocho food village in Sakata

Kitamae Yokocho (alleyway) in Sakata Yamagata Prefecture is a food village in the Nakamichi District opened by young chefs in Sakata. At the food village there are many small izakaya’s (drinks and shared inexpensive food). This is a place where locals eat and they serve yakitori, ramen, and other izakaya-style food. On the weekends you can also listen to music.


Container Ship

Taken in 2013

Container ships are cargo ships that carries it’s load on truck size intermodal containers which is how the world moves most commerce like agricultural produce, electronic products, and other consumer goods. It has been said that 90% of non-bulk cargo is sent by container ships. In the early days most ship cargo was carried by bulk like grain or coal in the ships cargo hold. But in 1956 the first early container ships were built and have evolved ever since. The container ships are a slower mode of transportation and travel at a speed of 16–25 knots (30–46 km/h). Today some of the largest container ships are 399 meters (1,312 feet) in length and beam 61.5 meters (202 feet). Unfortunately the growing size of container ships, as well as, the high demand of products and inadequate financial seaport structure and organization have caused huge backlogs of products and goods worldwide.