Wednesday, December 11, 2013
It's good to have a nice little pub nearby where you can knock a few back and maybe share some thoughts with the other patrons; even better if you have good friends who live in the neighborhood and can join you there.
One of the beautiful things about Japan is the abundance of local drinking establishments.
Most Japanese people who drink enjoy spending time at izakayas, and who could blame them?... copious amounts of alcohol taken in while enjoying typical washoku dishes? A simple pleasure for those who live in the land of the rising sun, but a rare treat for the westerner who either has to come here or be near enough to a big city back home which actually has something resembling a true Japanese izakaya. Apparently, New York City and London have offerings...
And, in Tokyo, it's nice to have British, Irish, and American-style pubs found all over town. Though there are many decent ones, my new favorite is PUBLION in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. Pints of Guinness, bangers and mash, football on the big screen... what more can you ask for? If you're in the western part of Tokyo and have the time and desire to stop in at PUBLION, do so and let me know; I'll let you buy me a pint.
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Suburbia in Japan|
Sprawling on the fringes of the city
In geometric order
An insulated border
In between the bright lights
And the far unlit unknown
Ok, 20 minutes from Ikebukuro Station doesn't put one out in cow country, but for someone who's lived within walking distance of Shinjuku and Shibuya for the last five years, it does feel a little like I might be putting myself out to pasture...
Friday, December 6, 2013
I used to blog as a hobby. These days, though, I mostly blog about my hobbies. This means, even fewer people give a crap about what I spew into the cybersphere anymore. But, hopefully, a few like-minded individuals will come along for the ride. At some point.
This blog remains my personal day-to-day (never that often, really) blog. My hobby blogs are
Hobby blogs... I know, right? Only geeks read 'em. If you're that lucky. But, I've always understood something better by writing about it, so if nobody reads, I'm still in the black.
Anyway,... Um, yeah. Have a nice weekend.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
What made Hershel's plight stick with me the most was the song that was used as his theme during the episode, "Oats in the Water" by Ben Howard. The show does suffer from overhyping often, but this was genuinely one of the best hours on TV in a long time...