Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the 213th birthday of Tanaka Hisashige, a Japanese engineer and inventor during the late Edo and early Meiji periods. In his time, he was known as “the genius of mechanical wonders”. Some people refer to him as “the Thomas Edison of Japan”. He was famous for a number of things, but […]
At the best of times, it’s hard to find a decent bagel in Tokyo (trust me, I’m from Toronto, I know bagels); but, suddenly, the other day, there was nothing but bagel news coming out of Japan. Unfortunately, it was not the fact that someone in Tokyo had finally built a wood-fired oven for Montreal […]
Rainy season has come and gone, and this post has been sitting in my drafts folder for AGES, but today was a bit reminiscent of rainy season: it was gloomy and rainy all day long. It kind of looked like this (although the blur is an exaggerated version of my brain’s impression this morning): […]
Well, I think in all the years I’ve lived here, this is probably only the third rainbow I’ve seen in central Tokyo.
I was in Ginza yesterday afternoon (which is rather usual for me as I live nearby) and was only mildly surprised to see that there are already four or five people camped out and waiting for Friday morning’s iPhone 5 launch. The weather’s been good and looks like it’ll be decent for the next few […]
Several weeks ago (at the end of April) I was in Kyoto for a glimpse of the fresh spring green. I have, of course, been to Kyoto numerous times, and this was definitely not my first time going at that time of year, but it was definitely the first time I noticed just how much […]