Monthly Archives: April 2008

Yukio Mishima seen following the Dalai Lama in Osaka

Another big black van full of Japanese rightists was heard booming its way through Umeda at lunchtime today. The recorded voice was female (kinder, gentler fascism, as noted earlier this month), and the volume was such that I had no … Continue reading

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Starbucks has used up all the adjectives

Leaving only this for a little shop in Tengachaya.

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Police Protection

The rain had cleared, so after the opening ceremonies, Mike and I walked from Umeda to Namba, via the Midosuji. It’s about a 45-minute walk through all the main neighbourhoods. As we approached Namba, we noticed a lot of cops, … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy in a Bottle

Another reason not to drink bottled water: Volvic, which taps water from a spring in France (does this make it French tap water?), puts it in PETE bottles, ships it to Japan and markets it as pure and healthy (hence … Continue reading

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Pinku (ピンク)

Just when you think Osaka is going to remain cold and damp and gray-skied and concrete-coloured forever, spring suddenly arrives. Mind you, it’s been a bit reluctant this year (and I have the cold to prove it), but here and … Continue reading

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