Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nakano Broadway sets the pulse racing

I get far too excited when I go to Nakano Broadway.  The area is well-known as a geek and collector-freak paradise.  I love it there.  My eyes and heartbeat race as I drift amongst the tiny crowded stores in the 4 floor building.   Advertisements

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Waterart

At the end of your shift, many Japanese clean their work area by throwing water onto the ground.  Some use more style than others.  This unassuming Asakusa store worker finished his Saturday night shift with a cigarette and some impressive strokes of … Continue reading

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Walking the squirrel

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Yappari, I`m ( )

Whenever anybody starts a sentence with yappari, I take guard.  An argument could be about to start. 

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Beat the heat with eel

Eating eel is a popular way of relieving the effects of  natsubate  (summer exhaustion).  Today is national eel eating day. 

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Conquering Burdock

On my recent tour, I had to prepare a barbecue for the group.  I wanted to include Japanese ingredients,  so I bought some gobo, burdock root which appears in many Japanese dishes. 

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Selling my treasures to Tokyo

Yesterday in oppressive 38 degree heat,  I took part in Meiji Park flea market.  My 5 a-side football team were running a stall to raise club funds. 

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