Monthly Archives: May 2013

Butagumi (豚組): Deep Fried Pork Cutlets

No one thinks it’s possible to eat Japanese food everyday and gain weight, but here I am having done just that.  I decided to eat, drink, and enjoy my time in Tokyo, and I’m prepared to face the consequences later.  … Continue reading

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Azalea Festival at Nezu Shrine

つつじ tsutsuji is a Japanese word I learned two weeks ago.  Tsutsuji means azalea.  When I add the word まつり matsuri (festival) it becomes a funny tongue twister.  Well, it does for me anyway.  つつじまつり tsutsujimatsuri.  I tried saying that … Continue reading

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Girls Night In: Just Come Over

Dining out in Tokyo is amazing but I always know that I’m going to have a great time at Tomo and John’s place.  They are gracious hosts who throw really fun parties and the two of them are rarely apart … Continue reading

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Aoyama Cemetery

Whenever I head north towards Gaienmae or Shinjuku, I end up walking along side 青山霊園 Aoyama reien (Aoyama cemetery).  The first weekend I was in Tokyo I could see that there were still some sakura (cherry blossom) peaking around the … Continue reading

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Oh How I Love Japanese Bathrooms

きれい kirei means pretty or beautiful in Japanese, but it also means clean or pure.  In Japan clean equals beautiful.  I think this one word says a lot about the importance of cleanliness in Japanese culture.  It’s common to see … Continue reading

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Home Sweet 六本木 (Roppongi)

六本木 Roppongi (literally means six trees) has changed a lot in the past decade with the development of Roppongi Hills, a giant complex of residential and retail buildings.  When I lived here 15 years ago the main drag, Roppongi crossing/intersection … Continue reading

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Old Friends and Colleagues

A week into my stay in Tokyo I had a chance to meet up with some of my old colleagues thanks to my friend Chiba-san.  She and I were quite close when I worked in Tokyo back in 1998-1999 but … Continue reading

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