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North America » United States » California » San Jose August 26th 2022

At one point, there were 43 different Japantowns in California alone. But, after World War II when the United States Government wrongly imprisoned its own Japanese American citizens in concentration camps, most Japantowns were lost. There are now just three. They are located in Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco (pictured above). I recommend coming to San Francisco’s Japantown for a sushi lunch during the springtime when the cherry blossoms are blooming. Make time to browse the shops afterward! If you want more Japanese vibes, head over to the Japanese Tea Garden. Japantown has also been known as J-town, Little Tokyo, and Nihonmachi. There are roughly 1.4 million people of Japanese descent living in the US. From 43 to three is quite dramatic. What really happened? Many Japanese Americans who wer... read more
Japantown San Jose
Nihonmachi San Francisco

North America » United States » California » San Jose November 11th 2018

A big day ahead from kids playing to getting to go to a San Jose Sharks game at night, we had to get started early. The kids played well in the morning with all the new toys, and Susie made us a delicious full breakfast. Steve, Tory, Susie, and the kids then left for Golfland and the mall to get Rosie hand prints on tile to place at the Wildwood lake house. Mini-golf was super fun for the kids, as Nathan ran ahead every hole to see where to hit the balls, and Rosie liked the different shapes and sizes of the golf course holes and running up and down them. Overall it was a success, especially if you can avoid kids hitting anyone in the chin or face with the backswing of a putter, not ... read more
Fun hills

North America » United States » California » San Jose May 30th 2018

Visited the Winchester Mansion. Pretty neat place just disappointing that all the original furniture was sold off by Mrs. Winchester’s niece after she passed away. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside but the gardens were very pretty. ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose February 27th 2017

Geo: 37.3529, -121.905I arrived SFO at 7am and spent about 10 minutes going through customs and 20 minutes trying to find the arrivals lounge. They are always tucked away in the strangest places. At SFO you have to go upstairs, then back downstairs toward the domestic terminal. The signs aren't apparent until you're nearly on top of it. After a shower and a basic breakfast I found my friend again and we talked some more. It seems he's interested in more funding, which I expect is the state entrepreneurs are always in.I hopped over to the rental car facility and picked up a simple sedan and drove down to Mountain View to visit Eugene. I was early so I sat in the car reading a bit outside the Microsoft Research Lab where he works. At 11:30 ... read more
Walking the Seven Springs Loop Trail
Walking the Seven Springs Loop Trail
Walking the Seven Springs Loop Trail

North America » United States » California » San Jose August 1st 2016

My wife and I had been to San Francisco before and last time we almost missed the flight due to some horrendous traffic jams on the M25; horrendous even by M25 standards. In fact we would have missed it if it had not been delayed by two hours. Given that that was probably one of the most stressful moments of my life, we left excessively early for the airport. Even so, there was no need to drag ourselves out of bed at some unsociable hour for a change as our flight was not until 3.20 in the afternoon. That was also helped by the fact that we had booked the short-stay carpark for little more than it would have cost for long-stay, so there was no need to worry about transfer buses or the risk that ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose July 8th 2016

Geo: 37.3529, -121.905Alex and I checked an activity off our bucket list as we spent the night sleeping under the giant redwoods that dwarf everything around them. Fortunately, I did not succumb to being speared in my tent by any of the branches that we have seen around that these monsters sometime shed. Keep in mind, one branch can be the size of a small tree. Being an early riser, I took advantage of the quiet in the campgrounds and trekked out to admire the forest. Hoping to see some wildlife, this was not my time. I would anticipate, other than the scavengers searching campsites for food, the larger game stays away from the rambunctious campers. After a nice walk, I roused Alex and whipped us up some delicious breakfast burritos. Hoping to score another night ... read more
A ritzy neighborhood park
Tesla Station

North America » United States » California » San Jose August 22nd 2014

Het is hier nu net vijf uur s'middags geweest, we zijn net aangekomen op de laatste plek waar we met de camper gaan overnachten. Zoals wel vaker zijn de plaatjes niet helemaal overeenkomstig met de werkelijkheid. De belangrijkste twee redenen om hier te gaan staan zijn de aanwezigheid van het enorme zwembad, tenminste zoals het met groothoeklens professioneel is gefotografeerd en je vooraf al weet dat er in werkelijkheid misschien een-tiende van overblijft. Daarom zijn die foto's ook altijd zonder mensen, zet een full size amerikaan in dit zwembad en dan past er nog net een welwillende kleuter bij...Helaas is het hele zwembad, zo klein als het is, gewoon GESLOTEN. Daarmee is de eerste reden om hier te staan volledig weggevaagd, na een driftaanvalletje van mij mochten we ons geld terug maar Frits heeft er geen ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose July 18th 2014

7/8 My flight to LAX from Lima was really long, about 8.5 hours, and I didn't sleep at all. I sat next to a cool guy who went to the USA v Belgium game and was only out of the US for 8 days. He took a zany-bar and passed out before we even took off. I watched Jurassic Park, Need for Speed, Zoolander, and Bad Words on the flight. While I was in LAX I bought Ender's Game and the sequel, since I lost my other copy in Manaus. On the flight to San Fran I chatted with my neighbors and finished Ender's Game. My neighbors were a mother and daughter in 7th grade flying home to San Fran from Melbourne, Australia. I talked to them about my trip and that I saved up for ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose June 23rd 2014

I returned to California to attend my sister Jennifer’s graduation ceremony. Jennifer was there for me in both my bachelor’s graduation in computer science and my law school graduation and that made a great impression on me because she traveled so far. So I couldn’t resist coming back from Asia to attend her graduation. I have included pictures of Jennifer's ceremony and other activities during the visit. Jennifer got her master's degree in therapy. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology. Jennifer has been studying transformation in one way or the other for about 35 years. My family in general has had an interest in transformational arts since the 1980s when we all took the EST training. Jen has also been involved in many other transformational technologies over the years to help her family and friends. ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Jose December 6th 2013

Went up Pacific Coast today to Monteray for lunch. Then awesome hotel kids got us on Pat's travel points. Hot tub & in door pool.... read more

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