Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dreaming of a mince pie Christmas

This evening, at Ochanomizu station, a kid stepped off the train shouting “Meri Kurisumasu” to his friend. The two words poked me into remembering it was Christmas. Right now Christmas feels like a distant, misunderstood foreign custom, impossible to explain or reproduce. … Continue reading

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Settling into Akihabara

At last I have found a job.  I`m working in customer service near Akihabara – the digital district between Asakusa and the Imperial Palace.  Wishing to be based in Tokyo for a while, I am even enjoying the one hour door-to-door commute.  The contrast between my … Continue reading

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My apologies in advance to any brave readers of this post.  It is long, winding and very lost.

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Drowning in a maid cafe

Last week I took a visiting journalist to a Maid café in Akihabara. It was an uncomfortable experience. The journalist was nervous, requesting pre-café caffeine for courage. I was worried he might take offence to the maids` bizarre behavior and appearance.

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And another earthquake

I am sitting at my desk in my 2nd floor bedroom.  Hot air is blowing out my Hitachi air-conditioner.  I have just had a cup of tea.  Ten minutes ago the whole guesthouse building began rattling, lasting about a minute. … Continue reading

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