Monthly Archives: November 2007

Man or Rabbit?

When I came back from my break today, the four women seemed to be conferring about something. They spoke quietly, as though discussing something private. They stopped when I put my books down on the table. “What’s up?” I asked, … Continue reading

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“Is it just me, or is there an echo in here?”

Bar in the basement of the Lucias Building, Abeno (near Tennoji Station).

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Osaka Architecture – a(nother) Letter

A(nother) Esteemed Correspondent wrote to say, among other things: “I’m sorry to hear that much of Tennoji is gone now […]” I thought about that and clarified a bit. “That was a lazy description on my part– most of what … Continue reading

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Osaka Architecture – a Letter

An Esteemed Correspondent wrote to me yesterday asking about Osaka in the 30s (he’s writing a book and might visit the city to do research). Among other things, he wondered what was remaining architecturally from those days: Esteemed Correspondent: […] … Continue reading

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Failing to be Swedish

The tiny old woman in the very bright hat turned around and looked at me. It was Wednesday night and we had just finished watching a Swedish documentary in a little art house cinema in Nakazaki-cho, north-east of Umeda (it … Continue reading

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“Old Man Smell”

It was a normal enough class of eight women, sometime in 2006. I think we were practicing something like adverbs of frequency (“How often do you walk your dog?” / “Rarely”). Students were in pairs, asking each other questions and … Continue reading

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“Own chance HAPPY of doing”

Message in silvery sequins on the front of a the black t-shirt worn by the woman standing in front of me on the subway Thursday morning. She got on at Tennoji Station, although that probably doesn’t mean anything.

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