So, the leaders of the ‘four most important parties in the UK’ will meet in television debates on BBC, Channel 4 and ITV…obviously someone mixed up the invitations and sent one to the Liberal Democrats instead of the intended receivers at the…
A few pictures from a local Buddhist temple, hidden snugly in a pocket of land between a busy road and apartment blocks. You wouldn’t know it upon entering the grounds, though. Surrounded by trees, the temple has a feel of calm and the sounds you hear are birds chirping, as well as the dripping of water from the bamboo pipe feeding the little font, carved from granite stone you can see in the pictures here. Of course, this waffling on about peace and tranquillity might also be related to the fact that this is one of the first temples I’ve visited while in Japan :-)
Yamato in the Kanagawa Prefecture might be considered part of greater Tokyo, but there are miles and miles – both figuratively speaking and literally – from down-town Tokyo to this place, my new hood. Located to the west of Tokyo proper, I share these 27 square kilometres with roughly 200,000 other people. This is the working suburbs – and supposedly also a bit of a Yakuza hotspot. I don’t know about the latter, but it’s definitely a bit Tokyo that few tourists ever get to see.
Here are a few pictures – probably the first of many – from my new neighbourhood.
Photo by: brewbooks
I do love me a good pun, yes I does. Any even more than a good pun, I loves me some really, really bad puns. Even more so if they mix two things I love: philosophy and music.
So I tip my head to McSweeney’s for creating the Canon of Philosophy Student Karaoke Songs.
This smorgasbord of hit upon hit upon hit include evergreens like ‘Total Eclipse of Descartes’, ‘Get the Party…
A gallery of photos from the flat – not much to go on, so can’t say it’s typically Japanese….but it’s definitely different from the previous places I’ve lived.
I have a feeling that Japanese signs are going to be the foundation of a very large part of the coming year’s guffawing. Takes these three for example, which are funny if you, like me, have part of your brain that’s always stuck on age 13:
This is likely to be the first of many…consider yourself warned :-)
Another round of see you soon photos from what’s become a second home. Will miss this place and the people here more than I can really put into words….which is a lot (I hope) seeing as I make part of my living by being good with words :-)
Setting off for an adventure in Japan, and leaving the South West for a while. This is definitely not a goodbye, but a ‘so long’, and here are some pictures that give an idea of why: