Monthly Archives: November 2011

Learning to sit down

Sitting on the floor is a hard but unavoidable part of life in Japan.  Persuading my legs to go cross-legged, useful for dinner parties, temple visits and traditional events, I find particularly difficult.  While most Japanese can manage it comfortably, after eight … Continue reading

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Inspiration from the Monk

What can I do today that will change my life?   This question frequently flashes through my mind.  My answer usually involves eating somewhere new.  Today was no different as I made a first visit to organic restaurant Monk`s Foods in Kichijoji. 

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Eating the uneatable in deep-fried Nishiogi

11pm on Friday night.  The counter of Anaguma Kushikatsu bar in Nishiogikubo.

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Madman in Tokyo: stay well away

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英国 Eikoku: the home of fine food.

“Tom, you`re from Igirisu aren`t you?” “Yes, I am” “Why is Igirisu food so mazui (disgusting)?”

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The Sun Comes Out At Dainichuka 第二中華

Once a month I play 5-a-side football.  The venue, Futsal Plus in Asagaya, is typical of the claustrophobic capital – a net-covered court on the roof of a 6 storey building.     I go for the social opportunity as much as the football.  Finding someone … Continue reading

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Habits of a lifetime

Tokyo was socks-in-bed cold this morning.  Only the thought of the sweet treats at the Kugayama breakfast bakery got me out of bed.   After a brisk march along the Kanda river, I downed two coffees, a hash brown, a cheese and tomato slice and an … Continue reading

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