Category Archives: trains

“Mount Fuji Looks At Us”

A Sunday evening on the Midosuji Line, heading south to my home in Nagai. I’m standing, listening to Quirks and Quarks on my iPod, gazing into the middle distance (I think I need glasses, finally). The train stops at Showacho … Continue reading

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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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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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Daumier at the Itami City Museum

This being my day off, I got up late, but eventually hopped on a few trains (I’m becoming very good at this) and wound up in Itami City, in neighbouring Hyogo. It’s a fairly nondescript bedroom community (in fairness, though, … Continue reading

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Lost and Found (忘れ物)

Saturday is the morning when I can get up exactly an hour later than any other workday.  I had laid out my clothes the night before, and, after a quick soak to make my hair less ostrich-like, a few trims … Continue reading

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“You are white devil. I am God.”

JR Tennoji Station is known for its eccentrics. Many of them are either overliquored or undermedicated, but they are – for the most part – harmless. A reasonably well-dressed man in his late-50s, toothless, laughing happily to himself (or at … Continue reading

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“A bad turn of some sort”

I was sitting on a JR Loop Line express train yesterday afternoon, en route to a private lesson in the sticks. My iPod was playing “C’est la Vie”, the weekly CBC Radio program about French Canada (sadly, thirty minutes a … Continue reading

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