Monthly Archives: May 2006

Sundays In Harajuku

Thanks to Gwen Steffani many people who haven’t been to Tokyo may have heard of Harajuku due to a few references in a couple of her songs. This place is famed for its extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles with Takeshita Dori … Continue reading

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A Supersonic Summer Music Festival

Got my ticket for Summer Sonic ’06 the other day. This is a two-day festival where the line up alternates between Osaka and Tokyo over a weekend although technically the Tokyo leg is in neighbouring prefecture Chiba but given that Tokyo … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Tokyo Daibutsu In Shimo-Akatsuka

When I came back from my Okinawa trip recently my students wanted to see my photos which resulted in me boring them with all the photos on my computer. One remarked that I must like Daibutsu as I had photos of … Continue reading

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TF Film Review: The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Found myself at the cinema yet again last Sunday for the opening weekend of the film adaptation of ‘The Da Vinci Code‘. This was a surprise in itself as I have never read the book and have to say that I have never … Continue reading

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Doing It For The Kids

Last Sunday I went to the Saitama Culture Centre in Minami- Urawa to play a part (albeit a very small minor one) in an English recital of ‘The Ugly Duckling‘, ‘Humpty Dumpty‘, ‘The Three Little Pigs‘ and ‘Do Re Mi“. However, this … Continue reading

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Ian Roper R.I.P. 7/9/76 – 15/5/04

It was exactly two years ago that I lost my great mate Ian Roper to cancer. When I heard the news I was obviously taken aback but not completely surprised. His cancer of the glands first came to my attention in the Summer of … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Nokogiri-Yama Mountain In Chiba

  Venture about three hours south-east of Tokyo and you’ll come to a place called Nokogiri-Yama down in Chiba prefecture on the west of the Boso Peninsula. It’s taken me a while to get round to going to this place, which … Continue reading

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Our 5-Day Yaeyama Island Hopping Trip In Okinawa Prefecture

One of the most over-used cliches when any event suffers from a downpour is that the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the people. I thought this to be a load of b*llocks when Ai and I arrived in Ishigaki to see … Continue reading

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Tropics Of Interest: Prelude To Our Okinawa Island Hopping Trip

It may not ever get voted into the greatest movies of all time but one of my favourites is ‘The Karate Kid‘ (1984). Daniel-san’s mentor was of course Mr Miyagi who came from Okinawa (the character and not the late-actor … Continue reading

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Moving Into The Digital Age

All the photos that appear on this blog were only taken by my mobile phone camera. While this is fine for close up photos its not so good for views and more long distant shots. I therefore felt the urge … Continue reading

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