Monthly Archives: December 2011

Strange Day

So, the weather turns bad and we can no longer go diving. We decide to set off on an excursion to the North of Okinawa to visit the famous aquarium. The day started unexpectedly with some kind of attack on … Continue reading

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Tight rubber at Xmas

So Happy Holidays to all. With sons James and Ben it is spent underwater in Okinawa, which is a bit like eyeless in Gaza. Xmas day is cold and windy but what do we care because we come from Scotland … Continue reading

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards..

An interesting Japanese behavior pattern is backing into parking spaces. Everyone does it. Arriving at work in the morning, there is usually a small line of cars waiting to park. The cars however do not swing into the space but … Continue reading

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What I Dislike about Japan

So, the first thing is all the plastic bags you get when you go shopping. The check out person meticulously packs everything into a plastic carrier bag, reciting what it is you have bought and how much it costs. Butter, … Continue reading

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Lo, He Abhors Not The Virgin’s Womb

This is a line from the most high church of carols, Adeste Fideles or less pretentiously Oh Come All You Faithful. I have been singing since I was ~ six. I still don’t really know what it means but I … Continue reading

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Help

So what is this? I bought it tonight thinking it was pre-cooked beni imo.  When I got to the  checkout the young man weighed it and pointed out the price – 380 yen, about $5 dollars. He then began to … Continue reading

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Don’t move your hands,Don’t move your lips,Just shaken your hips.

So a couple of days ago I got a strange missive in my letter box. I have to have my car safety tested. This is a big deal in Japan. The procedure is called Shaken. Before a test can be … Continue reading

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