True story…

July 23, 2012 / Comments Off

Gion festival -
a painted lady dances
and rests on my nose

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See also: Snapshots from Gion Matsuri

Most cynical movie lines ever?

July 18, 2012 / Comments Off

Fortunately for you two we’re reviving a cancelled undercover police program from the ’80s and revamping it for modern times. You see the guys in charge of this stuff lack creativity and are completely out of ideas, so all they do now is recycle shit from the past and expect us all not to notice.

- Deputy Chief Hardy in “21 Jump Street”

The movie itself? Very silly. Lots of fun.

Snapshots from Gion Matsuri

July 17, 2012 / Comments Off

Lovely weather for a ramble round Gion Matsuri yesterday and my mind went rambling too. To me Gion Matsuri isn’t simply a special time, it’s an island in time; a special place that magically reappears once a year, and as I wander the crowded streets my mind takes me back to all the other Gion festivals I have attended over the years… In a way I wouldn’t be surprised, to bump into my younger selves wandering about too. You always bump into someone you know at Gion Matsuri…

Here are some images…

After a couple of hours the heaving streets became too intense, so we escaped to Taisho’s apartment where he was holding a rooftop party. It was nice to look at the crowds from above.

And then after wandering through the streets a little more, we retired to bar Kisui and had a photo session with our friend Setchan.

And then we went home, following a smaller parade that we encountered by chance and which took us through the streets practically to our door.

Moth

July 12, 2012 / Comments Off

a torn leaf -
no, a hawk moth
with army surplus wings

A Visitor…

July 10, 2012 / Comments Off

Very nice to meet up with my old friend Anne Kobayashi and her husband, Jason at the weekend. Hard to believe it has been 8 years since I left Tokyo and she left Japan…

What I did on my birthday…

July 9, 2012 / 2 Comments

I turned 42 last Thursday. Here’s what I did.

Had ancient Egyptian beers with my good friend Ted Taylor at the Kyoto University cafeteria whilst looking at a revolutionary clock tower.

Had sparkling nihonshu and some kind of ratatouille appetiser at the restaurant Yoshina on Pontocho.

Got to go out on the yuka balcony when it stopped raining and gaze lovingly at the early evening Kamo river…

Ate cake.