JoshuasTravels — ikons

ikons

Written by . Posted at 7:49 am on April 7th, 2007

a picture’s worth a thousand words, just ask a cameraman
– J.Buffett

Japan, the Phillys, Korea
strangely enough, this was in the English Language section
strangely enough, this was in the English Language section
smack dab in the middle of the Tokyo's Gwen Stefani District. And yes, I went in and yes, it was awesome
smack dab in the middle of the Tokyo's Gwen Stefani District. And yes, I went in and yes, it was awesome
it's Tokyo Kai !
it's Tokyo Kai !
a beautiful bike, made into a fixie
a beautiful bike, made into a fixie
....way better than the MIssouri Outhouses we all used in college (you wouldn't believe the actual toilet itself)
….way better than the MIssouri Outhouses we all used in college (you wouldn't believe the actual toilet itself)
I asked some random EuroTrasher to take a picture of me in the middle of all the downtown Tokyo lights; I'm pretty sure he got distracted because that isn't me
I asked some random EuroTrasher to take a picture of me in the middle of all the downtown Tokyo lights; I'm pretty sure he got distracted because that isn't me
my little corner of the overnight train to Hiroshima! I love countries that start with "J" !
my little corner of the overnight train to Hiroshima! I love countries that start with "J" !
at 8:15am on August 6, 1945, my country split open the sky and poured hell 600 meters above the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Being the hypocenter, it didn't fall. I couldn't make eye contact with anyone to get my picture in front of it. Sorry mom. Sorry Japan.
at 8:15am on August 6, 1945, my country split open the sky and poured hell 600 meters above the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Being the hypocenter, it didn't fall. I couldn't make eye contact with anyone to get my picture in front of it. Sorry mom. Sorry Japan.
BIG damn apples, though
BIG damn apples, though
eating strawberries in front of Hiroshima Castle
eating strawberries in front of Hiroshima Castle
I liked these little turtles
I liked these little turtles
A volleyball game, complete with sleeping grandpa, on the banks of the HiroCastle. How do you spell Japanuxtaposition?
A volleyball game, complete with sleeping grandpa, on the banks of the HiroCastle. How do you spell Japanuxtaposition?
hello, Pamela
hello, Pamela
ice cream on Miyajima
ice cream on Miyajima
Raiden!
Raiden!
hello, Snow White
hello, Snow White
(this is the third most important Shinto shrine in Nippon, the entire island used to be no-Commoners-allowed, and even today nobody is allowed to birth or die on it) ...and yet, here we have Kawasaki Wave Runners
(this is the third most important Shinto shrine in Nippon, the entire island used to be no-Commoners-allowed, and even today nobody is allowed to birth or die on it) …and yet, here we have Kawasaki Wave Runners
this ear of Iowa Sweet was 500 yen, completely overpriced and totally worth it
this ear of Iowa Sweet was 500 yen, completely overpriced and totally worth it
'nuff said
'nuff said
People actually live here. Lucky people.
People actually live here. Lucky people.
So when you go to the big M, you have to eat a little maple-leaf-shaped-donut-cookie. It's a thing. The Japanese are so clean and precise, though, that they've already got it wrapped and packaged coming out of the oven. The one I'm holding here was still warm and it was good. Like warm cookies from the oven good.
So when you go to the big M, you have to eat a little maple-leaf-shaped-donut-cookie. It's a thing. The Japanese are so clean and precise, though, that they've already got it wrapped and packaged coming out of the oven. The one I'm holding here was still warm and it was good. Like warm cookies from the oven good.
(Frantic American Checking The Time In A Forest Of Bamboo Within The Famous Shikkuen Japanese Gardens)
(Frantic American Checking The Time In A Forest Of Bamboo Within The Famous Shikkuen Japanese Gardens)
you know who you are
you know who you are
so the Js put a big old piece of Ferris-wheel-Godzilla-bait on top of a shopping center, and this is just before lift off
so the Js put a big old piece of Ferris-wheel-Godzilla-bait on top of a shopping center, and this is just before lift off
love joker number one!
love joker number one!
I don't know how you're supposed to find this place....
I don't know how you're supposed to find this place….
....but if you do, it's pretty cool
….but if you do, it's pretty cool
Godzillabait!
Godzillabait!
rushing through rush hour
rushing through rush hour
squint: you're on candid!
squint: you're on candid!
my Pops, right after the pre Buddha-Shinto Temple-Shrine water rinse (also, the girl in blue was a Canuck dead-ringer for the one and only Anners Fents)
my Pops, right after the pre Buddha-Shinto Temple-Shrine water rinse (also, the girl in blue was a Canuck dead-ringer for the one and only Anners Fents)
Shinto garg-oy-ul
Shinto garg-oy-ul
the Sailor Moons wanted to take a picture with the wacky Americans; we told them they could if we could
the Sailor Moons wanted to take a picture with the wacky Americans; we told them they could if we could
1) our tour guide flips shit     2) she rapidly explains that to become a four-leaf cabbie, you have to spend 20 years as a regular cabbie without a single scratch     3) there are only 4 four-leaf cabbies in all Kyoto    4) she makes us take a picture and promise to send it to her     5) sigh, those crazy Japanese
1) our tour guide flips shit 2) she rapidly explains that to become a four-leaf cabbie, you have to spend 20 years as a regular cabbie without a single scratch 3) there are only 4 four-leaf cabbies in all Kyoto 4) she makes us take a picture and promise to send it to her 5) sigh, those crazy Japanese
vroom, vroom baby
vroom, vroom baby
a coupla Fentons, a whole lotta sake      (at the South Japan sake still)
a coupla Fentons, a whole lotta sake (at the South Japan sake still)
I don't know why, but this guy was super-excited to have a guy-gin (honkey) buy some early morning strawberries
I don't know why, but this guy was super-excited to have a guy-gin (honkey) buy some early morning strawberries
renting bikes for awesome fun, great job!
renting bikes for awesome fun, great job!
This is a may-koh, which is a gay-koh-in-training. Gay-kohs aren't anything like those skank gay-shas in Tokyo. Except this isn't a real may-koh, this is a decoy to pose for pictures since the real deals don't play the tourist game. Pretty sweet snap, though, isn't it?
This is a may-koh, which is a gay-koh-in-training. Gay-kohs aren't anything like those skank gay-shas in Tokyo. Except this isn't a real may-koh, this is a decoy to pose for pictures since the real deals don't play the tourist game. Pretty sweet snap, though, isn't it?
it's not a Fentcation without a flurrybreak!
it's not a Fentcation without a flurrybreak!
yeah, I had to give up a day on the internet for this
yeah, I had to give up a day on the internet for this
but I guess it was worth it
but I guess it was worth it
Q: isn't J-gum awesome?    A: abso-yes
Q: isn't J-gum awesome? A: abso-yes
I feel like there's a joke in here about cornbread, but it's just not coming
I feel like there's a joke in here about cornbread, but it's just not coming
hiking around Hakone like we own the place
hiking around Hakone like we own the place
my Pops is a damn good cameraman
my Pops is a damn good cameraman
I think I already covered the cameraman thing
I think I already covered the cameraman thing
I've got three rules when I travel, and taking pictures with every mormon I meet is one of them
I've got three rules when I travel, and taking pictures with every mormon I meet is one of them
this is Tokyo's central tech district and it pause is pause AWESOME
this is Tokyo's central tech district and it pause is pause AWESOME
wicked cool J-art
wicked cool J-art
one fish, two fish, three fi-cuffed shorts? what is this, Missouri?
one fish, two fish, three fi-cuffed shorts? what is this, Missouri?
this little guy was our very excellent tour guide through the old torture-prison
this little guy was our very excellent tour guide through the old torture-prison
whooooooooooooaaaaa
whooooooooooooaaaaa
outside the prison where the Evil Japanese Invader Demons imprisoned and advanced-interrogated the Goodly Korean Patriot Fearless
outside the prison where the Evil Japanese Invader Demons imprisoned and advanced-interrogated the Goodly Korean Patriot Fearless
mom! it's a vending machine full of books! our friends!
mom! it's a vending machine full of books! our friends!
trampsing around the monumental arch of Korean Independance From The Occupiers
trampsing around the monumental arch of Korean Independance From The Occupiers
it's my middle name
it's my middle name
"Busan is the San Fransico of Korea"     "huh?"
"Busan is the San Fransico of Korea" "huh?"
P/Busan tower
P/Busan tower
'go' in the park (it's the only game computers haven't been able to ace humans at)
'go' in the park (it's the only game computers haven't been able to ace humans at)
Yeah! Jagalachi
Yeah! Jagalachi
stalls and stalls of swimmingly fresh fish
stalls and stalls of swimmingly fresh fish
they kept trying to swim up and out of the basket, she kept bopping them on the head
they kept trying to swim up and out of the basket, she kept bopping them on the head
at the monument to the 11 nations that defended SouthieK, the guy with the tommy gun was standing in front of a Kangaroo flag
at the monument to the 11 nations that defended SouthieK, the guy with the tommy gun was standing in front of a Kangaroo flag
big old hilltop fortress in the mountians surrounding the 'san
big old hilltop fortress in the mountians surrounding the 'san
straight from the mountain stream
straight from the mountain stream
the beach. at sunset.
the beach. at sunset.
sandcastle. at sunset.
sandcastle. at sunset.
happy basket of happy fries!
happy basket of happy fries!
we really couldn't figure out why the laterns were hanging around
we really couldn't figure out why the laterns were hanging around
This is outside Gyeongju,  the old capital of the Silla Kingdom. The Silla had a thing for burying important people under huge mounds. I don't get it.
This is outside Gyeongju, the old capital of the Silla Kingdom. The Silla had a thing for burying important people under huge mounds. I don't get it.
the yinyang from the flag: RED represents day, fire, maleness, goodness; BLUE represents darkness, water, femininity, evil, death, cold
the yinyang from the flag: RED represents day, fire, maleness, goodness; BLUE represents darkness, water, femininity, evil, death, cold
oldest astronomy thing in east asia
oldest astronomy thing in east asia
....yeah, a LOT of mounds
….yeah, a LOT of mounds
my Pops with the disinterested Korean princess cutout
my Pops with the disinterested Korean princess cutout
vroom, vroom baby
vroom, vroom baby
funny story about this bell: according to legend, it was cast but wouldn't ring until the Koreans smelted it down again, threw a baby girl in the molten bronze and recast it (then the bell rang like a screaming crying baby) - so I was pretty excited to see this group pose in front of it
funny story about this bell: according to legend, it was cast but wouldn't ring until the Koreans smelted it down again, threw a baby girl in the molten bronze and recast it (then the bell rang like a screaming crying baby) – so I was pretty excited to see this group pose in front of it
something something, got rhymes like a pagoda! (Beasties lyric)
something something, got rhymes like a pagoda! (Beasties lyric)
can't you just see a bunch of Samurai hopping through this forest?
can't you just see a bunch of Samurai hopping through this forest?
I've never felt so in-Asia
I've never felt so in-Asia
I don't know what this is, but I know I like it
I don't know what this is, but I know I like it
the chain on our tandem snapped about ten kilometers up the mountains outside of town... we were able to coast eight of the ten, and pounded out the last two for super awesome fun time, great job!
the chain on our tandem snapped about ten kilometers up the mountains outside of town… we were able to coast eight of the ten, and pounded out the last two for super awesome fun time, great job!
<start bangles> ooooooh, heaven is a place on earth <end bangles>
<start bangles> ooooooh, heaven is a place on earth <end bangles>
ol' Rob Service never had it this good
ol' Rob Service never had it this good
Q: what time is it?
Q: what time is it?
A: it's soju time!
A: it's soju time!
two Kays and a Jay (and another Jay)
two Kays and a Jay (and another Jay)
this is probably  because of something funny I said
this is probably because of something funny I said
these lovely Commonwealthers had a solid thing for mustaching... good thing I had one
these lovely Commonwealthers had a solid thing for mustaching… good thing I had one
rule Britiana!
rule Britiana!
she is obviously digusted by my mustache
she is obviously digusted by my mustache
...but not this one, no no no
…but not this one, no no no
the best party of this picture is the sad little penguin in the corner
the best party of this picture is the sad little penguin in the corner
well Otter that clever?
well Otter that clever?
Big Gulps, huh? Welp, see you later!
Big Gulps, huh? Welp, see you later!
I'll get in if you get in
I'll get in if you get in
heyyou! letsmakeasojuwaterfall! rightnowcomeongogo!
heyyou! letsmakeasojuwaterfall! rightnowcomeongogo!
Inspired by Curt Larsen
Inspired by Curt Larsen
Katmandu in front of the Punchbowl  (5th worst battle in ROKmarine history)
Katmandu in front of the Punchbowl (5th worst battle in ROKmarine history)
El K-man. Also, a Buddha.
El K-man. Also, a Buddha.
this is supposed to be a pretty picture of me on a turtle, but I messed up the white balance on the 'ol cam and now everyone is dissappointed in me
this is supposed to be a pretty picture of me on a turtle, but I messed up the white balance on the 'ol cam and now everyone is dissappointed in me
this picture is for Momma K, so she can see her Baby K on the cable car up the Sorak Mountains
this picture is for Momma K, so she can see her Baby K on the cable car up the Sorak Mountains
they're turning off the waterfall /  the tourists can go home / I feel it's time to travel / time to write a poem
they're turning off the waterfall / the tourists can go home / I feel it's time to travel / time to write a poem
don't fall in the crevice!
don't fall in the crevice!
you fell in the crevice!
you fell in the crevice!
Korea is a pretty country
Korea is a pretty country
the very pretty whence from which we came
the very pretty whence from which we came
downtown Sokcho
downtown Sokcho
Green Day's "Basket Case", 1:47am, at the Live Music OK bar
Green Day's "Basket Case", 1:47am, at the Live Music OK bar
NK has tried to dig into SK four times now, and this is the Fourth Infiltration Attempt. If you're good enough,  you could occupy Seoul with a ten hour blitz from here. NoKo ain't good enough.
NK has tried to dig into SK four times now, and this is the Fourth Infiltration Attempt. If you're good enough, you could occupy Seoul with a ten hour blitz from here. NoKo ain't good enough.
"is that a triceratops or is that my friend Josh?" (actual Kattquote)
"is that a triceratops or is that my friend Josh?" (actual Kattquote)
I've been told that I haven't drank in SoKo if I haven't drank outside a Family Mart. Except that now I have, so now I have.
I've been told that I haven't drank in SoKo if I haven't drank outside a Family Mart. Except that now I have, so now I have.
K-pop with an angry Canuck, even if she doesn't look it
K-pop with an angry Canuck, even if she doesn't look it
candid
candid
pose
pose
doth my eyes decieve me? two redheads? oh la la!
doth my eyes decieve me? two redheads? oh la la!
South Afrikaan non-Aristocrat, Canadian non-Aristocrat, British Aristocrat
South Afrikaan non-Aristocrat, Canadian non-Aristocrat, British Aristocrat
this is how I roll
this is how I roll
this is how he rolls
this is how he rolls
sojumania?
sojumania?
sojuMANIA!
sojuMANIA!
any way you want it THAT's the way you got it
any way you want it THAT's the way you got it
what do they got; a lot of sand? we got a hot crustacean band !
what do they got; a lot of sand? we got a hot crustacean band !
the newt play the flute, the carp play the harp, the plaice play the bass, and they soundin' sharp
the newt play the flute, the carp play the harp, the plaice play the bass, and they soundin' sharp
oh daddy dear you know you're still number one, but....
oh daddy dear you know you're still number one, but….
those cats were fast as lightning!
those cats were fast as lightning!
about twenty before the big crash
about twenty before the big crash


let's lose charley