Monthly Archives: September 2007

Kinki No More

Osaka is located in the Kansai (関西, western border) region of Japan, more specifically the urban area known as Kinki (近畿), which means roughly “around the capital,” and refers collectively to Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto (the old capital, before Tokyo). … Continue reading

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Ici on ne parle pas japonais

I thought of my Grade 12 English teacher the other day (she had also been my Grade 10 French teacher). As a result of a six-week French immersion course the summer after Grade 11, I had discovered – and was … Continue reading

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Abe – A Man Out Standing in His Field

The LDP leadership election was yesterday. Yasuo Fukuda (福田康夫), a monochrome septuagenarian, will be the new man in the ejector seat as of tomorrow. It was fun watching the CBC news online and hearing all the Canadian reporters try to … Continue reading

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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri 2007

It didn’t rain in Kishiwada this year, in fact the sun was pretty strong, as my red scalp will attest. Click here for some photos of this year’s festival (matsuri, 祭). Click here for a description of the 2006 matsuri, … Continue reading

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Shreddies

With three days left in my three-week visit home in August, my mother mentioned that there was a bag full of my documents in a cupboard in my room. So, on a rainy afternoon, I sat on the floor and … Continue reading

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IAAF Events (In Ascending Order)

I eventually did get to see some of the IAAF events. Finbarr of Tennoji got us some ¥5000 general seating tickets for Friday, August 31st . If that sounds like a lot for bleacher seats, it is: all evening tickets … Continue reading

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Found In Translation

Translator and essayist Edward Seidensticker died last Sunday afternoon in Tokyo. He was 86 and had been in a coma after a fall near his home some months ago. Although Seidensticker is best known for his translation of the world’s … Continue reading

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