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Having a pint of my friend's homebrew "Kim Jung Ale." #beer #homebrew #IPA
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Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered: The developing process and the unseen images are fascinating. #believeinfilm #filmphotography #analogphotography #WWII #WW2
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Finished the #TokyoMarathon with my best time of 4:00:28. 28 seconds off from being sub four hours. I guess I'll have to try again next year. I did give it my all though. I tried to pick up the pace to a near sprint the last 400m like I normally do, but my legs wanted to cramp when I tried, so I finished under my normal running pace.😕 I still beat my best time, so it's not all bad. #running 
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I'm on the bus back to the airport after a three day ski trip to Rusutsu in Hokkaido. The conditions were fantastic! There was only a few groomed piste and the rest were left ungroomed. We spent the entire time skiing in the trees and even got carried away once and went way outside the resort and ended up on a farm. Lucky for us the resort came and picked us up. It was an epic trip! #rusutsu #skiing #japan
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Film News: CineStill 120 Film Campaign 2016 is gearing up to be an fantastic year for film, despite what Fujifilm did to us all. And now we have the chance
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I'm really enjoying this track. It being newly released since yesterday, is this a good sign for more to come musically for 2016? I hope so. :)
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Albrecht La'Brooy - Pavilion (STW Premiere) by Stamp The Wax
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Listening to the track now. I like it.
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I posted a new photo up on Flickr: A Wednesday Afternoon At Chidorigafuchi-Ryokudo. #believeinfilm #filmphotography #analogphotography #Japan #Tokyo #cherryblossom #sakura #sakura2016 #桜 #日本 #東京  
Over the last few years I’ve been getting more and more into the paintings and especially those of “Belle Époque” period. Many of them are street photography in painting form. I find that very interesting and I love how they give you an insight to what day to day Paris life was like around the return of the 20th century. I would love to be a painter and make my own paints to come up with my own look to my colors and texture, but anyone that knows...
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Great read and video when arcades were arcades before becoming "family fun centers" and now both being nearly gone in North America. #retrogaming #videogames  
 
I remember going to a small, smoke filled arcade occasionally with my brother, who is ten years older, and this one amazing arcade down at the beach here in South Carolina. Good times! This article brought back some memories of those. Long article but an amazing read.
If you’ve never been inside a "real" arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster’s. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there are a few hallmarks of the video...
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This is looking good so far.😁👍 #starwars #rogueone
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Wow! Found this in a Google Search. This is the less than ideal place I learned to ski, but if you were from the Midwest you often had an equally less than ideal ski hill. The plus side to it was it was less than 10 minutes from my house. Sadly, a couple of bad winters in a row put it out of business in the early 90's. #skiing   #ohio   #midwest  

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+Ed Beckley Yeah, but I want to see photos of when it was open during the winter. 
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This is the most insane line of skiing I've ever seen. He's pretty much just free-falling with skis on. #skiing  
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+Patty Beckley No, it's in the town of Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture. I went there skiing over the weekend.

Kusatsu, Agatsuma District, Gunma Prefecture
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I'm the Jason you know that moved to Japan. That pretty much covers it for those that would know me. 
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My wife and chose this place on a very last minute spontaneous decision to take a trip somewhere for Golden Week. For the price I think we got about what we expected. The first thing you will notice is the post apocalyptic location. The hotel is located inside an armed security compound so it's safe There is still the stray dog running around, but they were never threatening and left people alone. To be fair all the resorts on Mactan are in compounds. The decor of the hotel was modern, so I'm guessing it was built in the last 10 years, but the management of the place was pretty terrible. It seems as if there is very little proper up keep going on the place other than cleaning at the very basic level. The thing that stuck out is the elevator had mirrors in it, but it seems they were never cleaned with windex, so they didn't look dirty as they appear to have been cleaned, but not the kind of clean you would expect a mirror to look if it was properly cleaned. The hotel has a free breakfast buffet which is what you would expect. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. The one thing that struck me as odd though was that what they claimed was orange juice was actually Tang. (what a throw back to my childhood) No problem though, they had pineapple juice so I drank that. The hotel claims they have a beach, but only by the term. The beach is so small that when the waves break, the entire beach is covered in water. There is really nowhere to sit and put your stuff. Sand is relatively cheap, so why they haven't purchased more sand and have it dumped there is really beyond me. The staff of the hotel were very friendly, but the smallest request that might be outside of what they are use to doing will make their heads explode and they will look really confused. For example, if you are going to spend the day at another resort using their facilities (and I recommend you do) you should have them call and check to make sure the hotel can accommodate you as if they are fully booked, they will turn you away. This almost happened to us on a previous day, so the next time we went to another resort we had them call ahead. Getting them to do so was more difficult than it should have been. They thought we wanted to call a taxi, but after explaining a few times they understood. I experienced this at other resorts I visited during our stay, so this appears to be a cultural thing maybe so be warned. I recommend using a guide book (Lonely Planet, etc.) to plan your daily exertions as it was a lot less stressful. Everything is not all that bad though. The rooms were big, clean, good AC, they had satellite TV, and the beds were nice. The hotel has decent free wi-fi in the lobby, so bring a smart phone and/or laptop to look up information about activities etc. The bottom line; you get what you pay for. If you are looking for beautiful beaches, nothing Mactan island has to offer will satisfy you. Mactan seems to cater primarily to Koreans and Japanese whom are flying in and flying out without really going anywhere else on the island or Cebu.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Last night (Dec. 11, 2013) I agreed to meet a friend here after work for dinner. Neither of us had been there and since my friend was running late, I arrived there first. They were busy, but it was almost 8pm so it was to be expected and I expected to wait. I walked in and was greeted by the hostess with a very unfriendly/unwelcoming expression. I told her "2 please" in Japanese and her response in English was "We are full." I asked her if I could wait (in Japanese) and she just pointed at a chair. I waited not all that long and finally some people left. A waiter came to seat me and before I could even sit down he told me "You just can't sit here and drink water. You have to order something."(in Japanese) Before even sitting down I ordered a beer. It was a round table near the entrance and unfortunately in view of the hostess who would periodically glare at me. Shortly after receiving my beer the waiter came and asked me to move to another table because my party was only going to be two people and I was at a table that could seat four. Fine, I thought. I moved to the other table and texted my friend to please hurry as this was the rudest customer service I've had in the near five years I've lived here. My friend finally arrived and we ordered food and ended up getting desert. The food was alright. It's what you would expect for their prices, but did not extend itself in anyway as to standing out among similarly priced restaurants/cafes. When we went to pay, the receptionist handled it and she unapologetically told us we couldn't pay separately. (something that is normal to do in Japan) Fine, the service had been terrible thus far, so what should I expect. We both paid and the change was going to be ¥500. You would expect her to to give us change with 4 ¥100 coins and 2 ¥50 coins. Nope, she gave us 1 ¥500 coin. I will never go there again. It's on センター街 for crying out loud. What is there to be snobby about?!?
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I discovered this place as it was on my route from Kyobashi Station to my client's office. Recently they were forced to move the restaurant to Ginza (just a 10 min walk from the old location) due to all of the old buildings in Kyobashi being torn down to make way for new sky scrapper projects. Yesterday was my first time to the new location and it was great. They remembered who I was, thanked me for coming, and afterward gave me a free espresso to thank me for coming back. That's service! On to the food; Their pasta is some of the best pasta in Tokyo in my opinion. Often in Tokyo many pasta restaurants use cheap ingredients and make their tomato based sauces creamy. That's not the case here. Everything is done to perfection. I've never been here for dinner, but for lunch it will run you ¥800 for most lunch sets on the menu. This includes a romaine lettuce salad, a piece of bread, generous plate of pasta, and a glass of water. (free refills) The decor of the new location doesn't have as much character as the old place, but I think they are still setting up as a lot of the cans of tomatoes etc. are missing. Nevertheless, it's a warm and inviting place and would still be a nice place to take a date. Here is the new address: 1-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Having already spent a lot of money for my Wife's and I's wedding and never actually been to this church, I was a bit nervous, but it was actually an amazing experience and everything went very smoothly. I feel like the pictures of this place can't do it justice. The view of the ocean from inside the church is breath takingly beautiful. The service itself was nice and they went over it with me ahead of time if there was anything additional I wanted added or taken out. All in all it was an experience of a lifetime and I am glad we chose here.
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reviewed 3 years ago
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One thing Tokyo has a lot of is great places to get a cup of coffee, but the place where nearly all of them go wrong is their hours of operation. A coffee shop is suppose to open early and close late, but Tokyo coffee shops seem to think otherwise. So often if you have to be somewhere early in the morning nearly all places with a decent cup are still closed. Get off a little late for work and just want to unwind and have a nice cup of coffee? Impossible! Nearly everywhere closes between 7 - 8pm. This place however stays open until 12:30am and opens at 8am!!!! That's doing it right. Enough about the hours of operation. This place actually has really great coffee and a really small, but cozy and welcoming atmosphere to to enjoy a cup. Unfortunately for me I'm rarely in Ebisu, but when I am I will hit this place up again.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I eat here for lunch a few times a month. Hands down the best burger in Tokyo in my opinion. Tip: Go for lunch on a weekday and you shouldn't have any problem getting a table.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
I've lived in Tokyo for 3 1/2 years and this place is by far the best place to get a drink for those that really love beer enough to want to drink something other than the big four. The place is a bit small, but not surprising as this is Tokyo. My recommendation is to get there early in the evening so you can get a table. It's also important to get there early as food items and popular beers on tap can run dry. There is always plenty of other great beers to try, but if you want to try them all you will need to get there early. To sum this place up; if you are in Tokyo and wanting to try some of the best brews in Japan, this is the place to go. Great service, nice crowd, and it's non-smoking!
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Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago