I’d never seen a photo of Hachiko before this one, taken after his death. I’m glad to hear he was fed during those years; for some reason I’d always assumed he lived as a mysterious stray, in keeping with the sadness of his story.
As @tokyoreporter noted on Twitter, the view from the Tokyo Sky Tree has been unveiled, only to be blocked by mascots. It’s supposedly going to be ready by February 2012, but I’m sure a visit will be impossible until the crowds subside. Might be worth delaying my trip for.
The top spenders: this family from Germany, at $500.07 a week. From the book “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”. So much about people and countries comes through in a display of their food — the colors, recognizable brands (or lack of them), amount of processed vs. fresh food, the proportions of meat vs. grains vs. vegetables — I wonder what mine would look like, or if it was even possible to build one of these since there’s so much eating out.
Science Daily:Most people feel chills and shivers in response to music that thrills them, but some people feel these chills often and others feel them hardly at all. People who are particularly open to new experiences are most likely to have chills in response to music, according to a study in the current Social Psychological and Personality Science.
I never knew that some people don’t get goosebumps or chills listening to music they like, whether from some sublime melodic passage or brilliant lyric. Talking about it last night reminded me of this article, which I wanted to find and share.