Month: August 2012

  • More Tokyo Aggravations

    Disgruntled housewives haven’t been the only source of aggravation since moving to Tokyo. It’s been three months now. The sheen has a few smears. The following gripes will be no surprise to anyone who has spent time in Tokyo. In fact, the crowded trains are something even the natives complain about. The trains are like […]

  • Tokyo Housewives

    The honeymoon is over. We have lived in Tokyo for over three months. At first, everything was beautiful, everyone was so nice and the sushi was served by Poseidon himself. The welcome wagon has closed up shop and rolled on its merry way. And reality settled in. It turns out not everybody is warm to […]

  • Karaoke at 12:45

    Nothing much good happens in a karaoke bar after midnight. Song selections gets sloppy. Voices that started out at a 6 become a 3, only at a much higher volume. And good taste joins Ruby Rhod in the guest cabin. This is the point we reached last Saturday night. And these are things that were […]

  • Mount Fuji, for real

    Go ahead, climb Mount Fuji if you want to. We did it. We survived. It is something most people in Japan do at one time or another. After all, it is the most climbed mountain in the world, with about 100,000 people making the trek each year. Fuji-san (as it is called in Japan) is […]

  • Drinking and hiking

    The night before embarking on an outdoor adventure can be stressful. You want to make sure everything is packed. You worry about your physical fitness. You want to get enough sleep. My advice: get wasted. Who knows, maybe you’re not coming back? Of course it’s dumb. You get dehydrated. You’re hungover. It makes the first […]