Monthly Archives: October 2007

A Downhome Tennoji Hallowe’en From All the Folks at Kintetsu Department Store!

Taken on my keitai today at 5PM. It’ll be taken down on Christmas Eve.

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Somewhere, in the distance, a dog barked

The big news in Japan this weekend was that NOVA, the Typhoid Mary of language schools, has finally gone tits-up. The vile, sleazy owner disappeared with his siphoned millions, leaving his vile, sleazy board of directors holding the bag. In … Continue reading

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Koromogae 衣替え

On my way to work in Umeda last Friday, six fairly elderly men got on the train at Namba: these old fellows might have been school alumni or former co-workers (reunions are more frequent here than in western countries – … Continue reading

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Fujima Sensei’s Four Seasons

I know next to nothing about traditional Japanese dance (日本舞踊 nihon buyou). A very long time ago, Tanya (now of Stockholm, late of Osaka) and I were dragged to an interminable display of it by a middle-aged student, who simply … Continue reading

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Law-Abiding Peace Disturbers

Bosozoku are the annoying motorcycle gangs (from 暴走族, violent running gangs) who periodically roar through Japanese streets in the evening (when the weather’s nice). Their real hey-day in Osaka was in the early 90s, when they were so loud that … Continue reading

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18 Up

“I love this country. I love it just because I don’t belong. Because I’m not involved in its traditions, not born under the curse of its history. I feel free here. I’m on my own. Life will be what I … Continue reading

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Staring Match

After all these years, I have pretty much gotten used to being gawked at in Japan. Mind you, I no longer draw crowds of giggling schoolgirls when I step onto a train (like I used to on the Kintetsu Line, … Continue reading

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