Posts Tagged ‘japan’

On Pause.

I know there hasn’t been a lot of activity here — rest assured it’s just because I’ve been having too much fun. I’ve been to cat cafés, oxygen tanks, observatories, planetariums, giant buddahs, onsens galore and still more festivals. We partied for the election and ended up drinking with mafia girls (and paying for the [...]

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part II – Haranomachi Samurai Races.

When we were going to the samurai races, I was expecting a few old guys wearing their grandfather’s old helmet having a bit of a trot around a paddock. I was not expecting several hundred dudes on horseback, decked out in full regalia.

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Thomavalé World Tour 2010 – Part I – Haranomachi Matsuri/Festival

It was my birthday on the weekend, and Alice managed to outdo last year’s deep sea party by negotiating with the regional government to hold the yearly samurai festival in my honour. It started off with a street festival, or matsuri.

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Gig Review: Merzbow @ Mammoth Rock Festival, Shin-Okubo, Tokyo, June 2010.

Merzbow is a noise artist whose music is extraordinarily unpleasant. When I heard he was playing, I ummed and aahed about it for a while — was it really worth going overnight to Tokyo just to see this one show?

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Japan Travelog: Weeks 2 & 3.

On literacy, humidity, and reggae.

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