Monthly Archives: July 2008

Noodles in the Night (Kansai Scene, July 2008)

A summer night in suburban Kansai; the cicadas have finally wound down for the night, and the heat has let up somewhat, if not the humidity. Anytime between dusk and midnight (later on the weekends), trucks or carts wind their … Continue reading

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Osaka Obachans – They Won’t Go Quietly (Kansai Scene, June 2008)

You’re not in Osaka long before you notice that women of a certain age are not half as inhibited as those younger. Perhaps you’ve been elbowed by one while trying to get on the JR Loop Line train. Maybe you’ve … Continue reading

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Pump up the Volumes (Kansai Scene, May 2008)

Imagine: you’re at a large bookstore in Osaka one afternoon, browsing titles. The selection is heavy on coffee table books on ikebana, long-dead Japanese authors in dated translation, and the usual Grishams and Clancys. Then something catches your eye ミ … Continue reading

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The Goodfellas of Kurashiki (revisited)

Tsutaya, the Japanese movie-rental behemoth, was having a half-price “campaign” (sic) on old movies this weekend, so I toddled down to the local shop near Nagai Station and rented Goodfellas, a movie I hadn’t seen since its theatrical release in … Continue reading

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Canada Day/ Fête du Canada/ カナダの日 2008

Canada is 141 years old today. I marked the occasion, here in Osaka, by going to the Eddie Bauer shop in the mall in Sakai and buying two shirts for half price. This is usually how Canadians celebrate Victoria Day, … Continue reading

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