Monthly Archives: March 2007

Shaken, Not Stirred

This morning, there was an earth tremor in Osaka. I was having a bit of a lie-in, this being Sunday. I looked up and saw the very large Times Atlas that I carelessly put on top of the bookshelf some … Continue reading

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The Road to Houshi Onsen, Part 1: Shinkansen

I’d held off for as long as I could from eating the lunch I’d bought at Shin-Osaka station. I was going to tuck into it at Kyoto, but at that point three men got on to join the businessmen next … Continue reading

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The Road to Houshi Onsen, Part 2: Saitama, Gunma

Jouetsu Line Shinkansen out of Tokyo. Double-decker bullet train, two engines, back to back (to get up the eventual mountains, I guess). Upper deck. Looking down makes the train seem top-heavy, and I feel a bit of vertigo. I wonder … Continue reading

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The Road to Houshi Onsen, Part 3: Why Here?

I knew nothing about Gunma Prefecture and that’s why I went there. A few weeks ago, depressed by the damp, dank dullness of an Osaka winter, I realized that I had four days off in March, and I immediately started … Continue reading

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Kimchi Mango Chicken

I first tasted the prototype for this at a dinner party in Juso last year. The host improvised it because he couldn’t find certain Thai spices in Osaka. Or something. Anyway, a bottle of kimchi sauce (called kimuchi nabe tsuyu, … Continue reading

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Bicycle Thief (versione giapponese)

This happened five years ago in January. I got out of a class one evening and one of the staff quietly informed me that the police had called, looking for me. I had no idea why, and said so. She … Continue reading

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