Archive for the ‘bar’ Category

Last year I went to Ayabe to visit my friends Akita and Ai just before the New Year holiday.  It was cold and snowy — winter storms often blow into this area from across the Sea of Japan — and the city had that sense of quiet about it that so many cities in Japan […]


After sojourning in Kyoto, and then spending a fun-filled evening in Osaka, The Crew and I headed to Arima so we could enjoy the highly civilized pursuit of bathing in hot springs. According to Margaret Price’s Classic Japanese Inns and Country Getaways, a book that has been very kind to me not a few times, […]


If you’re at a bar in Petaluma and there are no animal heads on the walls, then you’re in the wrong bar. Every last good bar in Petaluma dates from an era when bar owners posted their hunting trophies on the wall. Gale’s Central Club isn’t at the peak of the pile when it comes […]


7 September, 2006 From Portland I flew into Oakland and picked up a rental car. I first drove over to Berkeley to see my cousin Claire, who was to be leaving the very next day for a year’s stay at a writer’s school in Idlewild, and then I met up with my good friend Joel, […]


After a hard day of porchin’ it, Jess and I met met up with my old friend Rachel Costa and her husband Jamal, who I was meeting for the first time. Rachel and I go way back to the days of dusk-till-dawn DIY P-town discotheques, and the last time I had a chance to see […]


Portland is a city with a real DIY ethos at its heart, as well as one of the few West Coast cities left that hasn’t abandoned the notion of nomadic thrift reappropriation and given over completely to the model of the ‘vintage’ clothing boutique. The major difference between these two modes, of course, is the […]


My friends Takae and Shinobu recently moved back from England where they’ve been studying for the last year, and immediately life is more fun than it already was. Recently we went out for dinner together at an amazing robatayaki restaurant next to Umeda Station. The robatayaki grill-chef was astounding — he had some sort of […]