Wednesday, June 22, 2016
have been able to meet up with the amazingly talented Namiko Chen, her incredibly bright and witty hubby and their two practically perfect children.
You must indulge. Start by surfing to www.justonecookbook.com - and don't stop there - use this as your springboard to their YouTube Channel, their Facebook page and for goodness sake, sign up to have deliciousness delivered directly to your inbox.
Itadakimas. Love. Me.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
It's a little thing really, and as we don't own a car ourselves, unlikely to cause any more drama than watching the bus we need pass by us from across the road.
It does seem to be a fairly significant oversight on the part of the Google mappers. They appear to have had no trouble with Australia, the UK, Singapore etc ...
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I love Google specifically because it/they are making our life here in Japan easier, better and helping us to experience much more of Japan than our limited language skills currently support.
The ever evolving features of Google Translate means that we're comfortable with reaching out to others, most of whom have little or no English skills (understandable!), to try and communicate on their terms, and show them respect in the process.
Case in point (one of a hundred I could share). Having leveraged all that is Google search / translate etc. in the planning of one of our many weekend adventures, I managed to get us to a little town called Motegi, 3 hours by train(s) outside of Tokyo.
The final leg to our destination (the Twin Ring Motegi and The Honda Collection Hall - cool if you're a rev head) required that we hire a taxi. None were to be found at the very small railway station, so we set off to the 'main' street to see if we could hail one. We quickly surmised that this wasn't going to be an option as Motegi is that small and that quiet.
What's the phrase? "There are no strangers in this world, only friends we haven't met."
Thanks Google, for helping us make new friends and truly experience this very cool country.
Monday, May 19, 2014
It's a brilliant town. While it's the 4th largest city in Japan, it nevertheless seems to feel cozy without being cramped. We've had great fun walking (and walking and walking and walking), climbing stairs and availing ourselves of the terrific subway and train network. It's incredibly easy to get around, and inexpensive, too.
- Hardly anyone walks along staring down at a smartphone. Big Plus! And they're not to be used (for calls) on the trains, so peace for all is preserved.
- There is no smoking on the footpath, but by all means feel free to ride your bike, zipping in amongst the pedestrians with a relaxed demeanour.
- Speaking of bikes, unlike Australia, where there is palpable animosity between car owners and bike riders, here they are welcomed and indeed encouraged. No helmet laws either, so it doesn't ruin your 'look'.
- The Japanese in general, and Nagoya is no different, having amazing fashion sense. At every age, men and women alike take great care in their grooming and dress - regardless of particular style. It's like 1953 New York. Or what I imagine 1953 New York was like, I hadn't yet been born.
- After living for the past 7 years in Singapore, Nagoya is very affordable. The rent on our fully furnished, serviced apartment in the downtown area is on par with our flat in Singapore, while everything else is about 40% cheaper.
- The population of the greater Nagoya basin is around 2.5million. In a space of 326sqkm, them's good density numbers. Even on the weekends, when the weather is lovely (and it has been the past two weeks) you don't feel crowded.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Friday, April 27, 2012
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
And now at the hotel - 5 star of course but with a decidedly communist twist - no access to Facebook via wifi.
As if that's gonna stop me connecting with my tribe.
Just don't expect an immediate response - back in the neutral zone Saturday night.