Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”

Ding, ding it is 7:00 am. I spring from the futon, pull on some shorts, a t-shirt and head out onto the terrace. Blue, blue China Sea, green, green Okinawa, fresh, fresh air and straight ahead the heavy bag. So … Continue reading

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Daiko

After an excellent meal, with a bottle of wine at a friend’s house. Said friend exposes a fantastic collection of Islay whiskies. He is way ahead of me. Terminology including, cask strength and quarter cask applied to Laphroaig goes beyond … Continue reading

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Any of the Four Corners of the Diamond

So the word ‘base’ has loads of definitions. Look it up in the dictionary. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/base But around these parts the significance of ‘base’ is very clear. It is where the US military are and it is a different world. You don’t … Continue reading

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I stare at it for hours

Where I work, er, basically people work longer than I do. They stay at their desks until 9:00, 10:00 night after night. I do not admire this but it unfortunately grows on you. I feel guilty going home before any … Continue reading

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My Bed

So this is about my bed. I feel slightly embarrassed about publishing such personal stuff but as it such a principal change from US/Europe type living I suppose it is OK.  The concept of the bedroom i.e. the room where … Continue reading

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Musee des Beaux Arts

It is Saturday morning so I set off to the fish shop. I ride along the coast line occasionally stopping off at beaches to watch people collect seaweed in the rock pools. I make a halt at a pottery. The … Continue reading

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My Father’s Wallet

Japan is a cash society. I do not own a credit card. I do have an ATM card but it can only be used for getting cash out of the machine. You can’t actually pay for anything with it. ATMs … Continue reading

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