Monthly Archives: March 2008

Wheels Under Wheels

It’s still a bit chilly in Osaka, but the sun was bright this morning and the cherry blossoms are in bloom. So I could ignore the unexpectedly crisp wind and enjoy a bit of colour and brightness on my walk … Continue reading

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“Where’s Lautrec?” (Routorekku-wa doko?)

Heard twice today at the fantastic exhibition of early 20th-century German poster art (“Plakate”) at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. At least one of them was an art student.

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Kinokuniya 2008: Better Late than Never

I bought only five books at the “12th Annual (sic) Kinokuniya Foreign Book Sale” in Umeda. Although I still haven’t finished some of the books I bought at the 11th annual (sic) sale, held in late 2006, I still had … Continue reading

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“The Grand Tiara Osaka”

Those of us who live in Japanese cities spend a good slice of our day in the subway or on a train. This is fine by me, as long as I’ve got something to read and somewhere to sit. Whenever … Continue reading

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Service With a Grovel

My former apartment in Daikokucho was ancient (cold-water kitchen, temperamental crank-up water heater for the bathtub) and had only two little washing machines for the entire building. Everyone seemed to have the same day off, so there was always a … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Café, Amemura

The Dragonfly is a short walk from Yotsubashi Namba station, or three blocks south of America Mura’s Triangle Park, in Osaka (across the street from the Family Mart). An elevator at the end of a narrow corridor takes you to … Continue reading

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Okonomiyakiya Tentekomai, Shinsaibashi

Tentekomai is a five-minute walk from Shinsaibashi subway station in Osaka. The speciality of the house is okonomiyaki, but the menu features many other Japanese favourites and special side-dishes of the day. Newcomers reading this are wondering, “Well, what is … Continue reading

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