Monthly Archives: January 2008

It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s, Man’s Subway Station

In the first few weeks of January, I began to noticed the same four or five guys hanging around the underground passageway between Nankai Station and the Osaka subway in Namba. None of them are kids – mainly in their … Continue reading

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Minding the Cold, or Samuidesuneeeee!

There have been flurries all day in Osaka, to the horror of most of the people I’ve spoken to today. Osaka, a port, nearly surrounded by low mountain ranges on three sides and chock-full of nice, warming smog, rarely gets … Continue reading

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“Why did you come to Japan?”

I’ve just finished reading The Inland Sea, the classic work of “travel fiction” (author’s description) by Donald Richie. Near the end of the book (published in 1971), he is surprised by an old woman, who asks him, in the course … Continue reading

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Dokyun (DQN)

I’ve learned my first new Japanese word of the year. Can’t wait to use it. A friend of mine, while perusing the Yahoo Japan news yesterday, suddenly exclaimed (at the screen, not me), “Dokyun-ya! ” (ドキュンや!) Now, in Japanese, “-ya!” … Continue reading

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