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Food for thought

Tweet I’ve had a few stories in the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan magazine before now, but this is the first time on the cover. A project close to my heart too. As I wrote in the text (see below) to go with these portraits, I have enormous respect for the people producing Japan’s fantastic […]

Wild drip

Tweet New canned hot coffee brand. How could anyone resist?

sushi USB memory!



Tweet Nakano restaurant. “egg and bacon curry” – how could I resist?

the power of power

Tweet here’s a puzzle for the linguists. the new McDonalds slogan is “the power of chikara(power)”

train advert

Tweet double advert – the bit on the left is for an aquarium, the bit on the right for a sushi restaurant!

ginza restaurant

Tweet restaurant love-seats!


Tweet I never realised that Japan was such a hazard filled country. These boxes say “Your bathwater is dangerous!” “Your washing is dangerous” The rainy season is just about to start here, which means a musty gloomy few weeks. Shops are setting lots of products to keep homes mould free. I wonder if the famous […]

Ikebukuro station platform

Tweet I’d always wondered why you can hear song-birds on the platform. Found the speaker!

How many policemen does it take to jump start a Japanese patrol car?

Tweet 6 evidently

please keep behind the yellow line

Tweet flashing lights on shibuya station platform


Tweet We spent a couple of days at a hotel near Ise this New Year’s. Excellent lobster, mussels and clams . . . . but seaweed ice-cream?


Tweet recruiting poster for the Self Defense Forces


Tweet Its what it says on the packet!


Tweet haven’t they heard of the doggy-paddle?

big in Japan

Tweet Chas and Dave?!

Playing with my food

Tweet found a new bar near the station. radish, quails’ eggs, pepper, napkin


Tweet A leviathan typhoon hit Japan yesterday. It was raining so heavily when I got off the train at the station that I had to take a taxi the 500m to our house. Didn’t suffer any damage here, but half of the sucker attached hooks holding up utensils in our kitchen came clattering down when […]


Tweet They are installing an elevator in our local train station. This man was wiping the dust off each individual bike parked under the construction sight. That’s customer care!


Tweet You know Autumn is really here when the hot cans of coffee appear.

Easy tiger

Tweet There was a tiger on my train to work this morning. Well, a young man in a tiger suit. Its the latest Tokyo fashion. Seriously.

last train from Akabane station



Tweet This high-school boy on the train must have been really hungry. You almost never see people eating on public transport here.

Fortune teller

Tweet A fortune teller under a railway bridge near the press-club. Not much sign of business.