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桜ランチ - SAKURA lunch

At Sakae Bashi (Sakae Bridge), Shinjuku, Tokyo.

ブルーインパルス (Blue Impulse)

航空自衛隊 ブルーインパルス (JASDF Blue Impulse)
ブルーインパルス (Blue Impulse) is the aerobatic flight team of the 航空自衛隊(Japan Air Self-Defense Force).

Iruma Airbase holds airshow every year in November, so I went to see them last month….
You can visit there by 西武池袋線(Seibu Ikebukuro Line), at 稲荷山公園駅(Inariyama-kōen station). It takes about 45 minutes from 新宿(Shinjuku) station.

航空自衛隊 ブルーインパルス (JASDF Blue Impulse)

my friend, camera girl 🙂

航空自衛隊 ブルーインパルス (JASDF Blue Impulse)

郵便ポスト (post box)

What color is a postbox in your country? In Japan, it’s red.
old type
The postbox in Japan is usually cuboid, but you can sometimes see such a pillar box which is old-fashioned.

In addition, you can see blue one in this picture.

It’s for express letters. But many Japanese don’t know even the existence of the blue one.
We mostly go to the post office to send an express letter, don’t use postbox. From post office, it seems to be delivered earlier, huh?

Manners on escalator

When you take on escalator in Japan, you can see polite people in a row.

They stand on the left side, nobody stands on the right side. No exception! Everybody seems to be shipshape.
In Japan, people leave one side on escalator for those in a hurry. So, you should know “Stand on the left, walk on the right” in Tokyo.

Curiously, in Tokyo, they stand on the left side. On the other hand, in Osaka, they stand on the right side. Maybe you think “This is a diffrence of customary between Kanto(関東) and Kansai(関西)”. But this idea is WRONG.
In Kyoto(Of course, Kyoto is placed in Kansai), the open side is inconstant. Some people stand on the left, other people stand on the right in Kyoto. Maybe they stand on a whim.

Definitive stamp (50 yen)

A definitive stamp for postcards in Japan is 50 yen, a mandarin duck.

This stamp has interesting perforation. Center one is not circle, but ellipse. This perforation comes in just these days(from about January, 2010), so you can see both normal perforation and ellipse perforation now.

Stamps of Mandarin duck appeared in 2007. Previous definitive stamps(50 yen) was Mejiro.

In Japanese, メジロ(Mejiro) means “the white eye”. Yes, their eyes have white fringe.
I prefer this Mejiro rather than current mandarin duck. This Mejiro is pretty simple and fancy, isn’t it?