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Sony and the Berlin Phil in Ginza

Sony and the Berlin Phil in Ginza

Dec 12, 2012

An acquaintance of mine who has been in Tokyo for a few months read my previous article on job hunting in Ginza, and asked me what it was that I liked so much about the place. Isn’t the entire district a showroom for high fashion and haute couture from abroad? (Continued after the Japanese...

Angel in the Subway

Angel in the Subway

Dec 4, 2012

Note: The other day the local TV station did a feature on this year’s job hunting college students. Seeing the young people’s plain dark suits and faces—full of hope and uncertainty, fear and anxiety—reminded me of long ago, when I was among them. I wrote this article in retrospect, interspersing the text with photos of Ginza, Tokyo where the...

Cafe Tosca at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel

Cafe Tosca at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel

Oct 20, 2012

We had a marvelous time at the Cafe Tosca, a restaurant serving international cuisine inside the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel. It was such a lovely place for a casual dinner for two that I wanted to share the experience here, for those undecided on where to go for a delectable and fun dinner date. Cafe Tosca calls itself an open oasis restaurant. It’s...

Citizen Kane and Sculptures at Hakone

Citizen Kane and Sculptures at Hakone

Oct 11, 2012

Anyone here into sculpture appreciation? The other day I finally got around to watching the film classic Citizen Kane starring Orson Welles. I’ve always wanted to watch it but somehow kept on forgetting to rent the DVD. Well, now that I saw it all I can say is that while the plot was so-so (basically the tragic story of a filthy rich newspaper...

Oktoberfest in Yokohama

Oktoberfest in Yokohama

Oct 3, 2012

The Oktoberfest has come to town! Yey! Several of these are held around Japan in October: the one in Yokohama is the nicest of them all I say this because the venue is at the Yokohama Akarenga-soko, red-bricked warehouses turned event complex. These are historical buildings completed during the turn of the 20th century. What could be a more appropriate venue...

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