Monthly Archives: March 2005

Spring Break

The sight that greeted me this Monday on my way to work… So winter still hasn’t decided to release its icy death grip on the poor inhabitants of our prefecture, smack dab in the middle of what Japanese like to refer to as yukiguni – “snow country” – and glancing at the calendars to make…
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Chayamachi II

A “farewell” party for a retiring co-worker took up most of my friday night yesterday, leaving me rather tired and exhausted this morning (well, okay, maybe that had more to do with the little “after party” pub crawl I made, but that’s neither here nor there). Fortunately, the brilliant sunshine pouring in through the cracks…
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Variegated…?

Things have been quite here for a while, which explains why the entries have been rather lame as of late. It being entrance exam week, all the students have been out of class, and the rest of the teachers are off scurrying in that pretend-busy-way that they do that helps reassure everyone that they’re being…
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Ocha Panda

A panda spied at the local museum. The sign reads “Tea is available. 50 yen for a cup or 150 yen for a pet (plastic) bottle. Ask the staff if you’re interested”. Starbucks girl approves and heads off towards the direction of the tea counter. I passed, preferring to try and snap a furtive picture…
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Chayamachi

Winter in the hood is dark and depressing – moreover the constant see-sawing between dry, harsh blowing winter winds and incessant torrential downpours is anything but nice to my hair. In a moment that made me seriously question my sexuality, I found myself looking up the Japanese phrase for “split ends” (“枝毛” – “edage” for…
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Truth in Advertising

Seen at a train yard up north. Does one applaud this honesty or silently groan at the prospect of spending the next two hours standing shoulder-to-shoulder with smelly obaasans coming back from a weekend at the onsen resort? In other news… I currently have an opportunity to pick up a gently used Canon Powershot G2…
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