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I wish you a noble chic Christmas

Why wish you a Merry Christmas when it’s more sophisticated to hope you have a Nobel Chic Christmas instead.  Christmas in Japan is full of winter wonder, hearts, dreams and … white angels.  Tokyo certainly still knows how to eclipse the Christmas decorations and style of other cities and puts on a commercial extravaganza.  Shopping malls and department stores brand their Christmas campaigns (after all, that’s what Christmas is all about), and there seems to be a race to see who can use the most evocative English adjectives.   (more…)

Wednesday night running

On Wednesday evenings after work, I’ve started running around Yoyogi Park with the Namban Rengo running club.  Everyone meets up at Oda Field, just across the road from Yoyogi Park, at 7:30pm on Wednesday nights.  While all the serious and good runners do some track work, I basically just turn up for a jog around the park, and then a soak afterwards in the sento (bathhouse), a few beers and dinner.  I start at the Yoyogi Hachiman sento and leave my gear in the lockers before heading out. (more…)

Quick melt

Daylight, and all the snow is gone.  As I predicted, it didn’t last very long.  It would have been nice to experience going to work in the snow.   (more…)

Shibuya in the snow

Shibuya (and no doubt the rest of Tokyo) has been covered with a layer of snow tonight.  As I was writing my previous post, it was really bucketing down outside and coating everything with a layer of white.  In as little as 20 minutes, the road outside was covered with an untouched, even white surface – apart from the wheel marks of the first car to drive through the middle of it. (more…)

Snowing in Tokyo

It’s snowing in Tokyo!!  Tonight, about 3cm (so far, at 11:30pm) has fallen, and things have turned white.  I took some photos on my way home from my language class (around 10pm), but it’s become a lot more white since then.  (more…)

Winter hike to Kawanori-san

On those crisp and clear winter days that Tokyo puts on so well, there’s no better place to be than up a mountain.  I was keen to head out and get some snow on my hiking boots and experience the cold fresh air.  My day took me out to Kawanori-san, a 1,363 mountain in the Okutama area (fast becoming one of my favourite areas). (more…)

Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu

A belated happy new year.  新年にあけましておめでとうございます。今年も宜しくお願いしますね。Another year passed, and another begun.  I know this post is quite late, but I’ve had things to do.  Just because it’s the new year doesn’t mean that my life slows down.  In fact, things are already speeding up as time ticks on, deadlines loom and important decisions await. (more…)

Advertising cacophony

Japan can be such a noisy country at times, especially the major retail and commercial districts.  I sometimes wonder whether the concept of noise pollution exists.  (more…)

Ear wax

This is a tragic story, but one that seems so improbable that I couldn’t possibly have made it up.  It involves a double murder, a blaze 4 or 5 months later, and ear wax. (more…)

Renewable energy streetlights

I found these solar and wind powered street lights around Kagurazaka district of Tokyo yesterday. They look pretty clever. (more…)