Tag Archives: Japan

Paying for Pleasance

One of the many cultural curiosities about Japan that I was never able to understand while living there was the existence of hostess bars and clubs. Such places are found all over the world but tend to be hidden from … Continue reading

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The Fascinating Backdrop

Lost in Translation is a 2003 film directed by Sophia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. From 1998’s Rushmore onwards, Murray transitioned into more dramatic roles and this is already one of his best remembered since this transition. … Continue reading

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The Setting of the Rising Sun

Rising Sun by Michael Crichton, Alfred a Knopf Inc, January 27th, 1992 Rising Sun is a novel written by Michael Crichton while he was still at the height of his literary powers. It was published after Jurassic Park and before … Continue reading

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Civilians aren’t Combatants

Edward Feser had written a response to a recent article by George Weigel trying to justify the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the Catholic Herald. It is well worth reading though you could take or leave the article he … Continue reading

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Sake Doesn’t Age Well

Ōkami was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006 and is probably best known as the best of the games developed during the brief but prolific existence of Capcom’s Clover Studio. Although not selling very well on release, it was … Continue reading

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The Bridge of Dreams

A few months ago I finished reading The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikubu. At over a thousand dense pages with plenty of footnotes, it was no small undertaking but absolutely worth the effort. This post will be something of … Continue reading

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Observations on Face Masks

I began writing this as an email but it ended up being a lot more detailed than I initially expected so I have turned it into a post. These are just some of my observations from my time living in … Continue reading

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All You Need Is Kill

More and more when I watch films I find myself opting to watch something I’ve already seen. This may be due to my age, my changing interests or something else entirely. But I mostly think it is because films are … Continue reading

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Raging Bitches

  Not softlier pillowed is my head That rests by thine, unloving bride, Than were those jagged stones my bed Through which the falls of Nuki stride. The Flower Feast, The Tale of Genji, Part 1   Although I am intimately … Continue reading

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Don’t let your worries hold you back.

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