Monthly Archives: August 2011

Heroes of Hachinohe (Part One: In the news)

In the port city of Hachinohe in northern Aomori prefecture,  three teenage boys drank alcohol last December.  This recently emerged story has made the national news,  humiliated a local community, and reminded me I`m still in a very foreign country.  Advertisements

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Heroes of Hachinohe (Part Two: In the bar)

I wanted to find out what the people in the bars of Hachinohe had to say about the baseball players drinking scandal.  And I quite fancied a drink.  So, on a wet night, I ventured into the Miroku-yokocho district: a nest of cosy, brightly lit … Continue reading

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There`s a party going on around here

 

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Fukushima City: The Parikore, a nuclear demo and donuts

“What`s a famous food from England?”, a cheeky young waiter asked me. “Fish and chips”, I fired back. He fell back on the tatami floor laughing, wiped away a few tears, then asked for details.

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Dancing in the streets of Fukushima

Buying edamame (boiled soybeans) earnt me a dance with geisha on Saturday night.  It was a surprising turn of events. 

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The Aizu train

“Sashiagemasu” The lady at Aizu`s tourist information humbly presented me with another leaflet.  I now have 37 leaflets; my trip is less than 48 hours old. 

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Aizu-Wakamatsu: (2) Syphilis, samurai and endurance.

`Tenbo` (stick hand), other students used to call him.  His scarred left hand, injured in a fire when he was an infant, caused him difficulties and embarrassment throughout his life.  

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