Monthly Archives: April 2009

Osaka Largesse

On the subway this morning en route for Umeda, a seat opened up for me at Tennoji, a great rarity. I sat, settled in, and then I caught sight of a man well into his 70s (at least), stooped, thin, … Continue reading

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Hanami (花見) 2009

Cherry blossoms bloom all over Japan from late March to mid-April. They are the stuff of cliché here, but I must admit that they really are beautiful and the custom of  Blossom Viewing (Hanami, 花見), that is, sitting and picnicking … Continue reading

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Visa Renewal, 2009

Sumiyoshi-ku (ku means city ward) is at the bottom of Osaka City, geographically. It borders the Yamato River, which has the dubious distinction of being both the most historical and the filthiest river in Western Japan. On the other concrete-covered … Continue reading

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