The One about Tacos Los Juanes in Lemoore, California

For 2017, for a lot of small towns in California, I have been visiting a few small Mexican restaurants to try the dishes (primarily burritos) and seeing what is out there. In Lemoore, California, I recently tried Tacos Los Juanes.  I wasn’t sure about the restaurant as it was in an older shopping complex and it looked very small, but surprisingly, once you walk inside, the restaurant looked great inside. […]

The One about Francois Truffaut’s “Jules and Jim”

Francois Truffaut, one of the founders of the French New Wave, has come off a string of successful films from his 1959 hit “The 400 Blows” and the 1960 film “Shoot the Piano Player”.  But in 1962, Truffaut was in love with Henri-Pierre Roche’s semi-autobiographical novel “Jules et Jim” and having known Roche (as Roche was heavily involved in artistic avante-garde in Paris and the Dada movement), an adaptation of […]

The One about the Dr. Hidesaburo Ueno and Hachiko monument at the University of Tokyo

In Japan, many people have gone to the Shibuya Scramble Crossing in Shibuya to visit the Hachiko Statue. For those not familiar with the story, Hachiko is an Akita dog and the pet of Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, who worked at the agriculture Engineering, Irrigation, Drainage and Reclamation Engineering department at the University of Tokyo. At the end of each day, Hachiko would come to Shibuya Station to wait and greet […]

The One about Akihabara at Night Pt. 2

Akihabara. The electric city known for its shops of toy merchandise, collectables, video games, electronics, maid cafes and more.  And of my favorite experiences is visiting these locations late in the day and seeing how the nightlife is for these areas. Last month, I posted about going around Akihabara, intentionally getting lost and taking photos of the surroundings.  This time around, here are photos of the more familiar areas of […]

The One about Kubota Slugger

In the United States, we are accustomed to ordering online for baseball gear these days and while sports shop retailers still exist, you have your department stores that sell baseball gloves and some who go online to find really awesome quality baseball gloves such as Vinci. In Japan, while many are familiar with Mizuno, SSK, Hatakeyama and Zett but another company out there is Kubota Slugger. I recently visited the […]

The One about Ura-Harajuku

Quite often when one talks about Harajuku, typically it’s about Takeshita St. (and the stores within the street) and Harajuku Station. But there is more to Harajuku past Takeshita St or within that vicinity.  Keep going past Takeshita Street and discover the world of Ura-Harajuku a.k.a. Ura-Hara. A location where one can find smaller independent shops and mostly walkways, no vehicles through these areas and numerous restaurants and cafe. Ura-Hara […]

The One about Lemoore, California

The next area that I am blogging from is Lemoore, California. Known for its Naval Air Base, its Tachi Bingo Palace and the where Journey lead singer Steve Perry had grown up as a child/teenager, the city of Lemoore was founded in April 1871 by Dr. Lovern Lee Moore from France. Originally called western Tulare County, California or Latache, the land was known for rich soil thanks to the Kings […]

The One about Taqueria “La Piedad” in Avenal, California

In California, quite often when I visit small towns, I like to sample the cuisine in the area, especially Mexican dishes. I often ask locals of what is the best authentic Mexican restaurants and with the city of Avenal having a large Latino population, the area has a few Mexican restaurants. I decided to try Taqueria “La Piedad”, a small restaurant that was a little crowded during lunch time. Most […]