Monthly Archives: February 2008

“Get your own damn salaryman!”

Shortly after arriving for my first stint in Osaka, I discovered, as all new arrivals did, the Pig and Whistle, an ersatz British pub in Shinsaibashi. It was then (c. 1989) the only place one could get an order of … Continue reading

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“And the loser isn’t…”

Monday evening found me on the train, glancing over the shoulder of the guy sitting next to me, in an effort to decipher his newspaper – to find out who’d won the Academy Awards. I was at work all day, … Continue reading

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Impromptu Japanese Couscous

Something light from what I found in my suburban Osaka fridge last night: in a small saucepan, place two pieces of chicken thigh (momoniku, sasami, they call it here), or a cut-up chicken breast (fat and skin removed) in 1 … Continue reading

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For the Sake of Change

Today, being my day off, I had lunch at Nagai’s local cut-rate sushi shop ( ¥128 a plate!), then wandered lazily across the street to Mister Donuts (infinitely more pleasant since they went smoke-free last June) to drink an au … Continue reading

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Drive-by Proofreading

This morning I was running late. The subway train pulled into Umeda Station and I made a dash up the stairs. No time for my usual slug of coffee before work at Tully’s, Starbucks’ poor relation, in Chayamachi. As I … Continue reading

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