Speeding up and slowing down

There is nothing worse than being stuck indoors when the sun is shining. Now the weather is really warming up, your humble scribe is itching to pull on his boots and head for the hills. But – alas – there just seems to have been one thing after another that has delayed my departure. I…

Worlds in motion

Sometimes, because the scenery changes so slowly, it’s difficult to gauge just how far you’ve come in life.  But every so often you have a kind of flashback to a former existence that brings the contrast between “then” and “now” into stark focus. Me and Big M’s married life together has not been easy. In…

Samurai Blue bow out

Bitter disappointment last night at the Beerhound residence as Japan were so narrowly defeated by Paraguay. The end – by penalties – was especially difficult to cope with, coming as it did after such a hard-fought battle. Japan came close to scoring a couple of times – one blinding strike rattling off the crossbar just…

A dream come true – in more ways than one

Today is Father’s Day across the world. In my family, that means one thing – a great excuse for the girls to visit their favourite local cake shop Ates Souhaite (“Your dream come true”) to obtain one of their fantastic creations. I am not a great fan of sweets and desserts, but even I get…

You’re ‘kin nicked, me old china

I have just completed my first patrol as a member of the Bouhan Patrol – the crack law enforcement unit charged with the onerous responsibility of maintaining order on the mean streets of Shoan. And I must say, for a first day out it was pretty satisfying. Although I didn’t get to write out  any…

A fragile haven of peace and tranquility

We have just returned from our family trip to Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture. Thankfully, nearby Mt. Asama behaved itself and we didn’t all get blasted to bits by a volcanic eruption. The main reason for the trip was Y-chan’s piano recital at Karuizawa’a famous Ohga Hall, shown here at dusk. The concert went pretty well…

Beautiful location – shame about the neighbour

This weekend we are off to the picturesque and – according to Wikipedia –upscale mountain resort of Karuizawa in Nagano prefecture. The occasion is a piano concert featuring our very own Y chan, to be held in a proper concert hall in the town. It’s something we’ve all been looking forward to for some time….

‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello – 何が、ここでありますか?

  Your humble scribe has been gripped with a sudden and unexplained surge of civic responsibility. The net result of which is that – and I don’t know quite how it happened – I appear to have joined the local police. Or more accurately, the local neighbourhood patrol volunteers. A note came through the door…

Tokyo Dome Matsuri – a treat for the senses

Apologies for the delay in writing some words to go with the picture shown here. While it is very easy to upload pics directly to this blog – especially with my wonderful new phone – writing the copy to go with it takes a bit longer. Anyway – I can finally reveal that the picture…

Back to the UK

I am now on my way to the airport,courtesy of the Odakyu Bus Company.It’s a dull, dreary day in Tokyo – a day that matches my mood completely. The last three months have gone very quickly. The expected brick wall of homesickness just didn’t happen. In fact,quite the reverse. I genuinely feel far more relaxed,…

よBloody ほほ (yo bloody ho ho)

It’s Christmas time and here in Japan, like everywhere else in the known universe, that means streets festooned with decorations and Last Christmas blasting out from every shop PA system. However there is one major,major difference between Christmas here in Japan and the rest of the world: While the rest of the world will be…