Posted on April 27, 2011

Business lunch in Ueno…

If you’re a busy business person working in Ueno (Tokyo), where would you choose to escape to for your lunch break? Well, when I was walking around Ueno recently I discovered the answer: Shitaya Shrine. Shitaya Shrine houses deities for business prosperity, and harmony and happiness in marriage, according to the sign: It was basically … Continue reading

Everybody’s talkin’ at me…

The title of this post comes from the song “Everybody’s Talkin’” which was recorded by, among others, Harry Nilsson. The lyrics have been in my head since I got back to the UK: Everybody’s talking at me I don’t hear a word they’re saying Only the echoes of my mind People stopping staring I can’t … Continue reading

Ueno Zoo

On Friday April 15th I visited Ueno Zoo. I’ve already told you about my main reason for going there in a previous post – to see the new pandas. Given the current situation in Japan, I had naively thought that people would have other things on their minds instead of pandas… I was wrong. When … Continue reading

Polite behaviour…

Can you imagine one of these lasting more than 5 minutes in England? People would draw on it straight away, wouldn’t they? I miss polite, respectful Japan…