Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Tall Tower and a Big Earthquake

Coming from rural Devon, where buildings of any size are a tourist attraction, I am not used to monster skyscrapers. Only quite recently did I learn the difference between an escalator and an elevator and I still don`t know the difference between the ground floor and the … Continue reading

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Asakusa 3: First Cry Alley

  Praying, gambling and drinking alcohol are popular Asakusa pastimes. You are never far from a bar, Buddhist or bookies in this part of Tokyo. Last Saturday, I had them all at my fingertips.   

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Asakusa 2: Unlikely entertainment

Kenjiro, a 75 year old entertainer dressed in a suit, stood alone on stage at Asakusa`s Engei Theatre. I sat watching him with 100 or so other viewers – many older than Kenjiro. The climax of his performance was approaching, but it was not going to plan, the … Continue reading

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Asakusa 1: A whale of a night

Dinner last night was at Hogeisen, a well-known whale restaurant in Asakusa. I have passed it many times, but never had the courage to go in.  A sign in Asakusa showing the traditional Japanese welcome.

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Nagaoka Tenmangu: A blessed baseball team

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Angry Beer and Free Beer

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Iya Valley, Shikoku island.

There are lots of green tree coated valleys in Japan. To an idiot untrained eye, they can start to feel the same. “Look at the trees. They`re very green”, is usually all I can tell people. The Iya Valley is special though. Not only green … Continue reading

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