Musings

Japan: Nagoya, Part 2

Photographic souvenirs from the Aichi Art Center in Nagoya… For those who are unaware of the supreme awesomeness of Domo-kun, the mascot of NHK TV, check out his greatest hits. No explanation necessary — as far as we can make out, the...

Japan: Nagoya

Contrary to the name, it’s not a haunted house, and it isn’t a cutesy anime in the style of Casper the Friendly Ghost — and although Manboo is probably the most popular Internet café chain in Japan, it’s not just an Internet...

Baby Buggies, Butchered Beatles

Songwriting’s a funny thing. And no, I’m not going to get all confessional and twee on you. I’ll let my bandmates Tim, Jason and Ping write about their own creative processes as the...

Dentists and Mortality

Yesterday I saw a dentist for the first time in nine years. No defense: I was in Asia between 1994-8, and bereft of anything resembling an actual health plan, but since 1999 I’ve been covered. So why the long delay? True, I have no love for...

And so it begins …

“It is my business to conduct one end of a conversation, as an amateur critic among amateur critics.” — James Agee, The Nation I don’t know where we’re going, this may never venture beyond something that is done for my...

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