Monthly Archives: May 2011

8 nights in the north

I lost my guesthouse room key a couple of weeks ago. I don`t know how. It takes a seriously high level of stupidity to lose something in a dwelling as small as our guesthouse, yet I managed it, and now because of my … Continue reading

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Drink Japan

Give money to charity and you can touch a cow. This was the message outside Matsumoto station this afternoon where a group of campaigners from Milk Japan handed out milk, collected donations for the relief effort and encouraged givers to touch their cow.

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Blackjack

Sticking your hero`s face onto rolls of toilet paper is special form of hero-worship. I doubt Bin Laden or the royal wedding couple had it done to them. They probably should have.   This week, I am hero-worshipping Blackjack, a manga character created in the … Continue reading

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The Big Buddha

The big bronze Buddha in Kamakura does not look too happy, and to be fair he has good reason to be upset. First, his wooden temple home was washed away in a tsunami, then his chair was damaged by a huge earthquake, and now his … Continue reading

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It`s a Brownout

Yesterday afternoon I was meeting travellers at Narita airport. It is usually packed with people at this time of year, but these are troubled times; aftershocks from the March earthquake continue and uncertainty over leaking radiation remains. Perhaps most disturbingly though, we are in the middle of … Continue reading

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Photos of a garden

I have just returned from Mito, a big town between Tokyo and the Fukushima nuclear plant; it`s famous for stinking sticky soybeans and the big garden Kairakuen. I taught English in Mito for two and half years, whilst there I regularly didn`t go to the … Continue reading

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