Clear day today

Clear day today

So what was it?  The Japanese newspapers called it ‘Chinese pollution’ but the speed at which it engulfed everything suggested a sand storm to me.  Later the papers said it was Chinese sand AND pollution.  Then the weather bureau said it was Japanese sand and the newspapers got called racists in online comments for immediately … Continue reading

Sand storm!

Sand storm!

This morning I went out for my first walk of the day. The sky was blue and sun was beating down.  It was 25 degrees.  I bought an ice-cream on my way home.  Just before 1pm, the city tannoy system came on and ‘the woman’ who used to make the daily radiation announcements two years … Continue reading

Surprise!

Surprise!

These toy knives are for sale in my local 100 Yen shop.  They are called the “Surprise Knife” – Give someone a great surprise – it says in English.  The Japanese at the bottom reads, “Be stabbed then, surprise!  The knife caves in”.  (The blade recedes into the handle.) Last semester I was talking with … Continue reading

Nice Middy Walks

Nice Middy Walks

Took a pummelling from my chiro yesterday but am feeling the better for it. Afterwards I walked my usual 10,000 steps.  Getting pretty bored with my neighbourhood and have been venturing into areas I don’t usually go such as the ‘nice middy’ shops – for middle-aged housewives – where everything is over-decorated with flowers and … Continue reading