Archive for January, 2006

Here’s a small image gallery of several toys that Shinji-san, the owner of the Hartland, has collected.


On January 25th I met up with Akita-kun at The Bridge for the Japanese New Music Festival, a collaboration between Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins), Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), and Tsuyama Atsushi (AMT/Omoide Hatoba). Between the three of them they presented seven different “units” or “projects,” each one a deep exploration of the possibilities of sonic […]


Pinky & Killers

28Jan06

After spending an hour or so in a megane-ya picking out new eyeglass frames, Richard, Michelle, and I walked over to the Hartland for some fish and chips and a few pints. Since it was a Sunday night it was a bit slow, so Shinji-san (the owner) disappeared upstairs and came down with a huge […]


On the eleventh of January I met up with Yo-chan, Onaka-san, Akita-san, and Suganuma-san for a shinenkai nabe party. Shinenkai is a party to start the new year, and so I started this new year with four friends united by photography. Yo-chan runs a small film developing shop at the west gate of Ishibashi station, […]


(Originally uploaded to Flickr by retroads.) On Friday night I went out to dinner with my friend Miho after she got off of work at the International School in Toyonaka. Miho, who I met through my friends Charles and Marié, teaches English in what is essentially a top rate kindergarten for international students (and some […]


Well, apparantly Troutfactory Notebook has become a nominee for a “blog of the week” contest sponsored by A Mischief of Magpies. I don’t know much about the Mischief, except that it appears to be based in Scotland and has multiple contributors,at least some of whom appear to have anti-Bush sentiment — which gets the seal […]


Snow days

19Jan06

Today on the way to work it was snowing again, though this time there were only light flakes, patterning through the air, with nothing sticking to the ground. This actually made the scene feel even a bit more unreal, as if the ground and the sky were having a disagreement about what kind of weather […]