Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sebastian’s Eclipse Envy

Let’s just call is S.E.E. for short, shall we? At least that’s what Sebastian thinks S.E.E. stands for anyway. Why not go with it?

It actually stands for Solar Eclipse Experience.  I don’t know if you saw the newsworthy full solar eclipse here in the USA but I did not.  I wasn’t able to travel to the path of the eclipse where I could watch it. Not only that, I waited too long to get the special glasses needed.

Let me tell you, Sebastian was miffed. He was even more miffed when he found out a couple of his brothers and a good friend of his were able to enjoy it. Thankfully, he was somewhat appeased when they sent the following photos.

This is the lucky trio of teds who went on the eclipse adventure to Tennessee.  Left to right, Marco, Ashton and Tewes.  Ashton is the lucky one who had custom made solar eclipse glasses.  I think he might have shared them with his buddies.  When I showed this photo to Sebastian he just shook his head.  I know he was wondering why I wasn’t clever enough to make him a pair.

Here is the fabulous logo for the event – I mean, check out the bear with glasses.  This was where Sebastian wanted to be.

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Here’s Ashton in a souvenir photo.  He knew Sebastian would be able to appreciate this one.

If you look real close, you can just make out the eclipse under way.

And, if you are like me and Sebastian who didn’t see it, you can appreciate this fabulous  photo of the eclipse sent to us by Ashton.  Marco and Tewes also say hello.

Thankfully, Sebastian is no longer miffed.  He is currently turning his attention to packing for his next adventure.  He sends you big hugs.

Until next time,

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our First Trip to Tokyo – Part 2

These next photos of Tokyo completely skip over the two days we spent at Disney. That would be DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland. They each deserve their own post - probably more than that even but I am focusing on what we saw in our city explorations. I might post some Disney photos later. Sebastian is in quite a few of those.

Anywho . . .

This is a view of the breakfast buffet in our hotel.  Loads of fresh fruit was how I began each day.  And Jay would kindly make some toast for me.  There were also Japanese options if you preferred that to the Western breakfast.

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I snapped this photo in the subway on our way to visit the Sensoji Shrine.

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We passed through this shopping arcade on the way too.  Looking back at these photos there is so much I would go back and do more thoroughly.  Time is always a constraint!

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Sebastian wanted to pose with this menacing looking fellow.  I heard a few people giggling when he did so.  So funny!

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I loved these colorful decorations lining this street – also on the way to Sensoji.

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Here’s a photo of Sensoji Temple.  Loads of tourists here.

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And a couple of close-ups of details –including the fountain where you could sip water for blessings.

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This pair of Buddha was impressive.  The one on the right is said to bring mercy.  The one on the left is said to bring wisdom.

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We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the streets of Tokyo on the way to visit the Skytree.  Here’s a view of it from a distance.

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And closer up.  Way up!!!

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Just one of many photos I took from the tower.  Tokyo is a massive city.

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I took these last three  photos on our last day.  We walked all over the place and came across this street on our way to somewhere.  It was raining on and off so we purchased an umbrella for ¥300.  It looks like a lot of money but actually equates to about $3.00.

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It stopped raining long enough for Sebastian to have his photo made with this polar bear.  He was happy to get out of the backpack.

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This is the famous Hattori clock tower.  It sits atop the Wako Department Store.  Another place to check out next time.

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What a terrific city!  The people are lovely.  I can’t wait to visit again.  I’m sure my list will be even longer next time now that I know a little bit more than I did.  If you have been and have suggestions, please leave a comment.  We appreciate all the advice we were given before!

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Our First Trip to Tokyo – Part 1

On our way to Tokyo for the first time, we stopped in California to visit with our daughter before heading to Japan.

Sebastian loved being back in California.  No doubt it doesn’t hurt that there’s a bear on the California flag and in this symbol of the City of Glendale.

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We stopped now and again for treats we don’t easily find at home.  Yum!

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After just a few short days, it was time to board the plane bound for Tokyo.  Jay was thrilled to find we would be flying on this BB8 decorated airplane.

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There was so much to see in Tokyo, I decided just to embrace whatever came along so you will see photos of some fairly random things in addition to city photos.

We came across this view on our way to a restaurant the first night.  Sebastian liked seeing all the city lights.

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A cool  looking McDonald’s delivery vehicle and a snapshot of fabrics in one of the shops we stopped in – and will visit again . . .

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There are no manhole covers like this on my street!  These stairs were pretty interesting too.

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Sebastian posing on a street sign near our hotel.

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Can you find Sebastian in this photo?  Sebastian is 6 inches tall so imagine  how big this bear was.  Floor to ceiling!

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This is Takeshita Street.  A terrific place with loads of tiny shops selling all kinds of  cute things.  I left a good chunk of my money here.

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This is a contrast of two streets at different times.  On the left is the famous Shibuya Crossing where throngs of people (I was one of them) cross the street in organized chaos.  One, two, three, go!  The other is a street that was closed to traffic on the weekend.  It was very cool to see it this way.

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When we were at EPCOT one time, we asked a Japanese cast member what one thing we should do as first time tourists in Japan and she said “Visit the Tokyo Tower at night.”  So we did.  It was magnificent.

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This young lady was so sweet and cute.  She greeted those coming in to purchase tickets to go up into the tower.

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Here is a photo I took from inside the tower.  You could see 360° of Tokyo.

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Just a random photo while walking the city streets at night.

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This was an incredible selection of beautiful handkerchiefs.

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We had fun seeing things we don’t see at home like these capsule machines that dispensed collectible things.  We had to try one!

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So that’s Part 1.  I hope you enjoyed these photos.  I’ll be back with Part 2 in a bit.

As always, Sebastian and I appreciate your visit!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

The 2017 Japan Teddy Bear with Friends Convention in Tokyo

In July, we attended the Japan Teddy Bear with Friends Convention in Tokyo. It was our first visit to Tokyo and we had an amazing time. The hall was filled with artists, tables full of teddy bears and many, many collectors. What follows are a few photos taken at while we were at the show.

This was taken on the way to the venue.  It was a very nice atmosphere.  Next year it will take place in a new location.

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A few animals were on display to greet the visitors to the show.

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The following photo shows just a small portion of the people waiting for the show to open. This line wrapped around the entire hall and then some.

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This is one view of the show from above.

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This is another.

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The arrow in this photo is pointing to me and my table.

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Here we are!  A few of the American contingent!  Sharon Barron, Dolores Austin, me and George Weber.  We had a great time together!

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Here are all the American artists together.

Left to right:  Bev White, Ginger Brame (me), Christy Firmage, Sharon Barron, George Weber, Dolores Austin and Maggie Anderson

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Sebastian had a great time too.  Here he is with the show mascot!

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He also met a fellow ‘Sebastian’ from Germany.  What a couple of charming guys!

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International artists were invited to a traditional Japanese pub meal.  This is the president of the Japan Teddy Bear Association, Mr. Takeshi Morii demonstrating the evening’s entertainment.  Fireworks!

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The long white tables at the front displayed the artist contest entries.
My little fairy bear won second place in its category.

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We also met the creator of these extremely tiny teddy bears.  So sweet – both the bears and the creator. You get an idea of how small they were next to one of my bears 5.5” (14cm) tall.

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Sebastian got into the spirit of things at the dinner.  He took quite a liking to the gift bag I won and turned it into his own personal sleeping bag.

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And finally a random photo of the showroom floor.

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While in Tokyo we took a ton of photos.  I hope to share a few here shortly.

Thanks for reading!

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