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Photo data, from the top. 1) Dada shows up for a part-time job advertising for a pachinko parlor.  (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 2) Seafood restaurant in the Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 3) Whity shopping town in Umeda. (Voigtlander Bessa-L, 15mm Heliar, Fuji 400 Superia) 4) Gyoza restaurant […]



Osaka nights

12Aug13

When the Osaka heat gets to be too much, there’s no better way to beat it than a rooftop party.  My friend Yuhei’s sayonara party (he’s off to England for a couple of years) featured amazing food and friends, card tricks, and the distant booming of the Yodogawa Hanabi fireworks festival. Photographs by Yuhei Abe.


08May13

A set of shots from a night out with friends at one of my favorite local izakaya, 楽.  楽 (raku) means ‘enjoyment’ in Japanese, and is part of two of my favorite kanji compounds: 音楽 (ongaku) and 楽ちん (rakuchin).  音楽 means ‘music,’ but since it’s made up of the kanji for ‘sound’ and ‘enjoyment’ I […]



Winter has hit Osaka with flurries of small snow storms and frost on the neighborhood roofs in the morning.  Because Japanese houses are famously cold in the winter — a phenomenon that’s been extensively commented on by people a lot more clever than myself — all kinds of strategies have been developed to keep warm, […]


Tired out from too many conferences, too much teaching, too much research and too much writing, clearly the only thing to do is come home, change  out of the work clothes, and spend some time relaxing to the sound of Lullatone’s special brand of pajama pop. bedroom bossa band from Lullatone on Vimeo.



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