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Month: September 2012

Keirin / 競輪

Keirin / 競輪

Gambling is big business in Japan, and one of the more novel ways in which you can throw your money away is by betting on keirin. Until Sir Chris of Hoy did his stuff at the Beijing Olympics, hardly anyone outside Japan knew what keirin was, and now hardly anyone outside Japan and the UK knows what keirin is, but anyway, while gambling isn’t really my thing, bicycles certainly are, so when Mrs M and I were here for our…

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Choco Pie

Choco Pie

At the beginning of their first lesson with a new class of students, the ALT is expected to do a brief self-introduction – name, age, home country, home town, that kind of thing – and for mine I have been describing Choco Pie as my favourite food. Choco Pie may not literally be my favourite food (a foodstuff that I could not live without would more likely be chocolate in general, or peanut butter, or perhaps coffee…), but they are…

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