Finding a Needle in a Haystack

Unfortunately their website leaves a lot of room for improvement,
at least if you are visiting from abroad, or for whatever reason don’t
read Japanese Kanji
First of all if you go there from a place outside of Japan you might
just see weird alphabet and other characters all over the place.
Make sure your preferences are set to unicode !
If you use google Chrome check that little wrench up top in the
far right corner. Look under tools and then encoding. 
even after doing so and you can read the pages… well …you’ll
just have to see for yourself. There are a few nice images, and
their schedule is now updated!
That’s how I finally found out about the LIVEs
When I went to this page back in October, nothing was updated.
The members also have blogs (on ameblo), but as far as I can see
Ryo hasn’t  written anything since last year.
For all of you who think I have gone too far in writing about a band
you will never ever be able to see, let alone hear, I can only give you
my thanks for your patience.
After this I will finish up the writings about the remainder of the night
here at Red Zone then return to X Japan stuff and then we’ll see…
Maybe I can somehow do something about this…
December is loaded with MUSIC…
Next week coming up is BUCK-TICK and before that if I’m lucky
I hope to catch SUGIZO on Saturday’s anti-nuke demonstrations
here in Tokyo. The demonstrations we’ll be here in 渋谷区
so if you live here close by, See you then!



The Boulangerie and all things food

Boulangerie … Yeah it’s French.
And acutally ‘bread’  in Japanese is a loan word: Pan パン
it’s ‘My’ Bakery in the bottom floor of the building
I live in.
Pan パン is an interesting word. A very old loan word into Japanese.
The Japanese actually borrowed the word from the Portuguese (‘pão’),
(and not from Spanish ‘pan’ or the French ‘pain’). The Portuguese
were the first Europeans to make contact with Japan way back in 1542.
The Japanese, not having been exposed to bread before,
did not have a word for it, so they borrowed it in and adapted it to
Japanese phonology.
Living abroad can be challenging and hence the zillion of blogs,
books, articles and news dedicated to the topic.
Plenty of time the writings about these challenges, is all about
food and eating habits, eating social rules and what is considered
tasty and what is considered inedible.
Personally I must say though, that moving to Japan has often felt
like coming HOME in regards of food! I totally love a lot of
the Japanese cuisine.
Well yeah i am NOT so happy about the Japanese ajinomoto (MSG)
packed pre-fab foods sold in the convenient stores.
Well actually sold and food is prepared with MSG everywhere….
but the real  fresh foods…
the Sashimi(raw fish), sea weeds, Onigiri お握り, the soups,
the udon, the soba it’s just great foods and usually (!) free
from MSG (not always true when it comes to restaurants though).
I’m also happy with the abundance of selection of different kind of
tea. Green teas in particular a my favorites.

However I didn’t intend on writing about all the good stuff here
in Japan, but instead actually write about the few things I miss.
Until NOW that is… which means maybe it’s not too bad after all.
For some reason I have passed by the bakery many times without
taking a closer look. It is located in the same building as I live,
They have a nice sign at the street, and basket filled with baguette,
but I still didn’t ‘click’,  probably because I thought  ALL of
the Japanese bakeries sell the same kind of spongy white bread
filled with mayo or egg stuff or meats, or same spongy bread but
instead filled with sweet stuff, like red bean paste.
I just never bothered to go check out this particular Bakery –
the Boulangerie…. until I decided to do so  a few days ago
… and  ooops now I am hooked ha ha
They sell sour dough, dark rye breads, country loafs, baguette,
Never say never! Tokyo has it all!!





Mikoshi Goose Bumps

Mikoshi close-up
This…. Gave me goose bumps ….
Due to a sense of well being, presence in the moment
and gratitude for being able to BE HERE in Japan
I mean get this – I AM HERE, included, …. in THIS MOMENT!!!