Monthly Archives: October 2006

Nothing says Hallowe’en better, friends, than…Christmas!!

Tuesday night will be Hallowe’en. Yesterday afternoon, I stopped into a local shop to buy some mundane items (laundry detergent, alarm clock batteries, freezer bags) and was greeted by the tinkly tones of Deck the Halls. Last Friday, all around … Continue reading

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Laundry Pole Decibels

An autumn Sunday morning in suburban Osaka. I get up a bit later than usual (having gone to a house party near Takarazuka the night before), and make myself some coffee. It’s overcast, about 20ºC, a not unpleasant time of … Continue reading

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Lavish No. 8 – Be Lavish in One’s Paradise…

…Confident Peason! PARADISE!! Cowards Die Many Times! Message on a purple and black, long-sleeved t-shirt (background photo: a bra and girdle model from a Japanese catalogue, c. 1965), worn by a young woman on the Midosuji Line today. There was … Continue reading

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While On A Coffee Break Last Tuesday

Starbucks, Abenobashi. 1. A thin, pinched, tired-looking woman quietly berates her dumpy, pony-tailed son, who sits impassively while she delivers a policy paper on his life, his future. There are deep, vertical lines between her eyebrows and on either side … Continue reading

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Personal Injury

Yesterday was a nice autumn day, so after finishing work at around 4, I thought I’d walk up to Nakatsu, which is one station north of the Umeda labyrinth. Besides the stroll, and the cup of coffee I could have … Continue reading

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Khoresht-eh-Badamjon

After umpteen years of cooking in Japan, how is it that one of my favourite meals is Iranian Eggplant Stew? The recipe was given to me by an Australian friend who lived in Tokyo in the 80s and brought it … Continue reading

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Page Turner

The good people (well, person, if you exclude the cat) at Trouserpress have been reading The Guardian again, and note that it has recently published the results of a poll for “the best British, Irish or Commonwealth (absolutely bloody anywhere … Continue reading

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