An utterly absorbing read.
August 27, 2008
August 18, 2008
Book's Bossa - Donald Byrd
Lothar - Schema Sextet
First Lady - Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
Brotherhood - Sleep Walker
Shadowlands - Part-Time Heroes feat. Liane Carroll
Soul Machine - The Meters
Baby, I Love You - Vise
Material Curse - DJ Mitsu The Beats feat. Promoe
Woman To Man - Tony Allen feat. Damon Albarn & Ty
August 15, 2008
It should be remembered that for most Japanese people the shrine serves as a place to honour soldiers who have died in battle for their country (a bit like the Cenotaph), though the war museum in the grounds and the fact that among the enshrined soldiers are some A-listed war criminals, means that it is a controversial place.
I popped along to have a look during my lunch break today in the searing heat, and whilst I missed the face offs between the left wingers and right wingers, there were TV crews aplenty and masses of people going to pay their respects.
Some of the veterans looked as though they were happy to go back in time and don their uniform.
An out of tune voice and a total lack of skill on the shamisen wasn't going to stop this guy singing his heart out.
Police talk with some flag toting teenage thugs (on bicycles) outside the gates of the shrine.
August 11, 2008
August 08, 2008
It was a very relaxing and slow-food experience, with the meal lasting well over three hours. The food was incredibly healthy and delicious to boot. Also, once the owner realised we could all speak Japanese, he gave a very detailed explanation of every dish.
If you happening to be in Kyoto I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant ~ really friendly and some of the best food you can hope to taste.From left to right, mackerel, salmon cartilage and the roe of some fish I can't remember
A selection of sashimi
Steamed pork with asparagus
Steamed fish and tofu
A serving of rice
Steamed chocolate cake for dessert
The owner showing us out of his restaurant after a three hour feast.
Gion has a lot of well-preserved old style Japanese buildings concentrated in a small area.
A noren, which is a kind of entrance curtain. When the noren is out, you know a shop is open for business.
Gion is one of the few places in Japan you can see maiko, which are like apprentice geisha, on a daily basis.
I opted for tapas and red wine at a newly opened place called the Factory Cafe, and had a window seat where I could watch young Osaka wandering by.
August 04, 2008
Ferrari - Kingdom*Afrocks
Supersossego - Saravah Soul
Somethin' BLUE - Aflex Combo
Learn To Let Go - Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
Why Am I Standing Here? - Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro
Gator Bait - The Gaturs
Milestones - Gerald Wilson
Brown-Eyed Girl - The Isley Brothers
Oslo, Late July - Kjellerock Jazzbandet