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Month: April 2013

The roads from Sado – Day 9

The roads from Sado – Day 9

This photo was taken at 5.30am, because, quite frankly, I was a bit anxious about the whole nojuku thing and hadn’t slept very well. For that added touch of surrealism, I had managed to pitch the Snow Peak directly behind Bokushi-dohri, a shopping street constructed in the Edo style as a kind of living museum, so there was some nice architecture to look at as I cycled off into the sunrise. Stopping for my usual convenience store breakfast, I met…

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Do-Re-Mi ドレミの歌

Do-Re-Mi ドレミの歌

The other day Do-Re-Mi from The Sound Of Music was playing in the background during a TV programme about Switzerland, and Mrs M started singing along. ‘Do is the do of doughnut,’ she sang. ‘Re is the re of…’‘Hang on, hang on,’ I interrupted. ‘Did you just say “doughnut”?’‘Yes. “Do is the do of doughnut”. Why?’‘Do isn’t the do of doughnut! Do is a deer, a female deer!’‘What, you mean the English lyrics are different?’ Over the years, several people…

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Murder! / 殺人!

Murder! / 殺人!

Mrs M appeared on TV the other day, although anonymously and with her face pixillated out. This was because she was talking about a high school classmate of hers who, believe it or not, is a murder suspect, as reported in these two news items from the 16th June edition of the Ibaraki Newspaper: Wife and her acquaintance arrested – Chiropractor under investigation – Murder suspect ‘worried about violence’ After an incident in which chiropractor Takayuki Sawada (37) was stabbed…

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Koyubi 小指

Koyubi 小指

I’ve always been a sucker for any news story that involves bungling crooks, and this one from last week is a fine example of the genre: On Monday 7th May at around 5.30pm, a 59-year-old woman arrived back at her apartment complex in Nishi-ku, Sapporo, and was checking her mail just inside the main doors when a man crept up on her from behind. He snatched her handbag – which among other things contained approximately 4000 yen (about £20) in…

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Fresh air 新鮮な空気

Fresh air 新鮮な空気

In the year during which Mrs M became pregnant, we were living in a two-storey block of four apartments, one of which was being used by our landlord to store furniture, and therefore empty. Living next to us on the second floor (that’s a Japanese / American second floor, British first floor) was a middle-aged couple who had several screaming rows during the time we were living there (the walls were thin so it was hard to ignore), and whose…

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