Saturday, May 28, 2011

Taito Training

In Fukuoka we went to Taito Station, a colourful arcade. Barry was not bad on the drums. Until we realized that the screen behind us was giving us secret messages about aliens in the forests of Canada.
The games were a bit confusing. This one as something to do with angry people and cakes.We learned about Gloomy, who is a naughty grizzly, weighing more than 2000 pomegranates, who forgets to stop attacking people. You can win Gloomy if you win the games.There are other prizes that seemed of dubious value: pillows with butt or chair noses.I preferred the tiny old-fashioned camera.All this just made Barry nauseous, unfortunately.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Fear in Fukuoka

Above is a graveyard in Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture. Below is something far more frightful, do you notice anything amiss?As we approached on tip-toe.And then, enough to make me scurry away, this one was on the other side of the same building! Plastic heads trying to eat us!Here is what it looked like to me, in case you didn't get it from not being there.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Delusions of Barry

Ever since someone in Myanmar told Barry he looked like Nicholas Cage, he's been acting a bit unusual. It got worse when someone in Japan called him Keanu Reeves. He started driving imaginary luxury cars.Making special friends with bunnies.He developed a strange allergy to rubber. And has occasional nausea in inconvenient places.
So what do you think, Keanu, Nicholas, or just Barry?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Burmeese Zen

We went back to the Shwedagon, to see what we could find. We found a photogenic girl.We found children going through a ceremony. They're being carried to avoid burning their feet on the ground.Barry, this boy, and I all made this same facial expression in the heat.The Buddhist nun sought alternate shelter.This is the Singu Min Bell. The occupying British managed to drop it in the river while stealing it, which is why it's back, with damage shown.This is a pear-shaped deity with strong eyebrows and ears.I'm seen here appreciating robo-Buddha.Anyway, here's the Shwedagon again, just because it's awesome.Likewise, our hotel had many advantages, including a lovely pool, a gourmet restaurant, consistent electricity, and a drink called the Mandalay sour. All this zen rebuilt since cyclone Nargis.Barry is shown here enjoying zen with his new Burmese longyi. Yup, it's a man-skirt.We even chilled out enough to see the dew.