Plain Talk


One SIze fits almost. by Mardo

There is a lie that I often see printed in clothing stores, whether it is gardening clothes, fashion, sport etc. That lie is One size fits all…. I can assure you, dear reader, that one size does not even come close to fitting all!

This has been a common gripe for me for ages, baseball caps sit atop my head as though I was wearing a primary school student’s hat. Gloves or tube socks stretch to breaking point, or unusability if put on…. One size fits most… fits the average, but certainly not all.

I have been reminded of this during the pandemic with the wearing of masks. Most mask manufacturers use a one size fits all sizing, designed around the average person, give or take about 10% I am guessing. This works well for my wife, who is quite tiny, she can wear anything. I however have broken several masks, rubberised, lycra, paper, no difference. Except for tradesmen’s dust masks or hospital grade surgery paper masks they all sit wrong. Either not covering my nose, pulling me ears forward to make me look like a wingnut, or just snapping.

This is worse still when they are made in Asia where the average is smaller still. I know I resemble a brick wall with a bucket stuck on top for a head, but I am still, one, the size should fit me… or at least give me a MAN SIZE alternative.

TO be clear, I am not complaining about masks, they are necessary during pandemics. But I don’t like wearing something 3 times too small… So until then I will improvise with scarves or whatever to stay safe, while silently wishing I could find the person who invented the phrase, one size fits all, break into their house, and replace all their clothes with a childs. Let them know the struggle.






Plain Talk


Big World, Little Cat

7 Stupidly Big and Small Things in Japan by Alex Parsons

One of the things that keeps surprising me in Japan is the size of everyday objects. Miniature dogs wandering big cities, huge sumo wrestlers squished into tiny cars... Every day there is something that makes me feel like I've been secretly downing the size potions in Alice in Wonderland. Here are some things that have really caught my attention:

1. Small - People
I know the Japanese are a smaller nation than us Aussies. The average height of Australian males is 178cm, and 164cm for females. Whereas in Japan the average male and female height is about 171cm and 159cm respectively. But I didn’t think my 174cm frame would cause such a stir. I'll never forget the time that I stopped by my favourite cafe in Nozawa Onsen after an autumn hike. An elderly couple in the cafe took a keen interest in me and after some small talk the husband asked to take a photo. Very excitedly, he made me stand next to his diminutive wife, and exclaimed that I was "Oki!" (huge).

2. Big - Bread
Japanese thick cut toast blows my mind (And my daily carb allowance...). I love how toast is categorised by its thickness in Japan. It means that when I buy the loaf with just 4 chunky pieces in it, I can tell myself I was good and only had one slice of toast today.

3. Small - Peanut cream
I am obsessed with this delightful peanut-toffee spread. But the containers are just so small! Don't they know I need truckloads of this magical goo? One tub lasts me 2 days. Yes, I know it should get me through the week, but I always end up going at it with a spoon and finishing it in one go. You don't have to say it. I know I have a problem.

4. Big - Dinner and drinks
When the Japanese do dinner and drinks, they do it right. I have never felt so sick-to-death full and yet wanted to keep eating so badly until I came to Japan. Last week my friends and I brought Christmas presents to a lovely old lady's house. She insisted we stay for dinner and then called up two other families to come over and join. Soon there were 6 of us around a table crowded with nabe, curry puffs, deep fried potato things, nozawana, sauteed meat, maki sushi, inari sushi, eggs, and 6 different types of sake we had to try. The Japanese do alcohol in a big way too - huge 1.8 Litre bottles of sake (Isshou-bin) and those hilarious 3 Litre Asahi beer cans that come with a handle on the side just so you can carry it. I could get used to this!

5. Small - Coffee
Whether it comes in those silly excuses for a can or at a real cafe, the size of coffee is always underwhelming. Ship this stuff in the form of megalitre vats please, and hook it up to my veins!

6. Big - Apples
I'm living in Nagano, which is famous for apples. These things are in such abundance they're passed around like a burden. I have friends who have accumulated over 40 apples because people just keep giving them to them. To make matters worse, these things are huge. I think I could fit 2-4 Australian apples inside one of them.

7. Small - Shoes
While I am yet to try it myself, I hear it is very difficult to buy shoes as a gaijin due to our godzilla-sized feet. What I have experienced personally is how bathroom slippers are simply not designed for me (as you can see in the photo). There's nothing like barely being able to fit your toes into a pink slipper to make you feel like a giant, unfeminine freak.

Unfinished business


Farewell to a Japan Jazz Icon by David Gregory

The messages from all over Japan read aloud during the service helped us realize how widely Koyama-san touched lives and how many like us were feeling something newly missing from our worlds. But, although wonderful and sometimes saddening us, they did not trigger crying. That happened next.

Those first few notes of the "'Round About Midnight" Miles Davis version, the cut Koyama-san always used to open Jazz Tonight, performed by a live piano and trumpet duo up front near the coffin, did it: Instant recognition, recollections, sighs around the room, eyes closed, arms crossed, heads dropped back or down, and tears, at least for me. How many times had we heard, after Miles breathed his somber opening, Koyama-san's low, raspy voice welcoming us into the studio with, "Minna-san, gokigen ikaga desho-ka everybody, how are you feeling?"?and never thought that someday we would hear him ask about us no more?

Koyama-san's widow, whom, like him, had never known me, stood alone at the coffin head and bowed in silence to everyone in turn after they placed flowers around his body as the duo continued with another slow number, the trumpet sounding so strong and crisp and unusual in a memorial service hall. After we placed our flowers, she responded to my hand on her shoulder, a touch just meant to console her, by immediately turning and reaching for me?a total stranger?burying her head in my chest, and breaking down. She needed that hug that everybody sometimes needs. She let go after her respite when she was ready to face the coffin and everyone else again, and returned to her position. Going to Kashiwa in a snowstorm was worth it just for those few moments when I could do something for her.

So our Kashiwa day was both sad and good. But, why did I even want to go a funeral for a man whom I only knew by voice, and who, although linked to jazz, was not even a musician?

Koyama-san and his Jazz Tonight program I listened to since at least the early 2000s. For more than sixteen years, while my life in Japan has been filled with huge uncertainties, he has been here Saturday nights on the radio, reliable, keeping me connected to the world's music and opening my ears to music from Japan I would not know without him. Listening to him always made me feel good, no matter what had happened in my life during the week or what was coming up in the weeks ahead. Koyama-san and Jazz Tonight were my respite. How well can I replace that comfort?

Koyama-san, thank you for helping this foreigner feel good in Japan. Please rest well in jazz heaven.

NHK Radio, thank you for giving Koyama-san a way to connect with us. Please encourage other DJs to continue doing what he did so well.

To Koyama-san's surviving family members: Please care well for yourselves now, and thank you for supporting and sharing Kiyoshi with us.



The Smallest Box by David Gregory

She came over to my table and asked if I remembered her.
“That’s my boyfriend over there.”
Their table hugged a pillar blocking the sunny Tokyo Bay view enjoyed by the other customers that afternoon in Chiba’s AquaRink ice skating facility café.
“Maybe we will marry next year.”

On my way out, I stopped to congratulate the potential groom to be. What I later heard happened with Hiromi and Hiroshi that night at another place also close to the bay sounded so too good to be true that I visited that place to confirm it really happened. It did.

Hiroshi had reserved for the course menu that night at OCEAN TABLE, next to Chiba Port, on the second floor, where tables sat by the huge windows facing Chiba Port Tower and Tokyo Bay. No view-blocking pillars there. And they had a wait, even with their reservation, because it was Christmas Eve, which in Japan matters much more than the following day; the Eve is the year’s couples’ night out, and single women without dates that night can feel their whole year was wasted.

Hiroshi had changed into a suit after skating, and had urged Hiromi, against her protests about overdressing, into a plaid one-piece, raising expectations. They had never come to a place this nice, one requiring reservations. Saizeriya was more their speed: fast faux-Italian, cheap, and everywhere.
The unexpected wait made Hiroshi antsy. He relaxed and all was perfect after they were seated.

They talked. They ate the Christmas Dinner courses. They ignored the soft Christmas background music. They admired the gleaming, golden Christmas Tree rising from the first-floor buffet area through the open center space across from their table. They could see outside the sparkling flashes and half the tree in Port Tower’s Christmas Illumination, and beyond, the lights from the ships on and facilities around Tokyo Bay, appearing almost twinkling. Perfect—but not for Hiromi.

She went to the toilet. Still he had not asked. The day was done. The reservation system only allowed them two hours there. They had been together all day. He had remembered her birthday-just by coincidence, also that day-with a necklace at AquaRink. Nice, but was that all? He had pestered her since early December about what Christmas present she wanted until she had finally exploded with, “Nothing! Don’t you know I just want a proposal?!” And had added she wanted it to be a surprise. Here he had the perfect chance, and he was wasting it.

She could try enjoying what was left of the evening. Dessert was next. At least here was better than Saizeriya….She was still stuck when she returned to the table, and had no chance to do or say anything, anyway. It was his toilet turn.

Their desserts came. Hiromi sat and waited and pondered the future. Outside, the tower stood alone against the dark sky and Tokyo Bay’s inky darkness.

Their desserts waited. Maybe his tooth was bothering him again. Maybe he was just tolerating it to make the night go well. Maybe for her. Maybe she should go to check on him. Wait-maybe she just heard his voice across the room.

No, only Santa Claus, posing for photographs with diners at the far table. He then started circling the room, giving a small present from his big sack at each table. She could check after he was done.

Hiroshi still had not returned to his seat when Santa reached their table. He handed Hiromi a big, red stocking, by far the room’s largest gift, accompanied by a squeaky, “Atari! You’re a lucky one!” Yeah. She set it aside and Santa moved on. What was he still doing in the toilet?

Santa finished his round, returned to Hiromi, and pointed at her unopened stocking with squeaky, “Un! Un!” grunts. The other diners had opened their presents. She forced a smile and said she was waiting for her boyfriend to return. “Un! Un!”

When Hiromi still resisted, Santa took the stocking in his white-gloved hands and opened it himself. Out first came a big, pink box, heart shaped. He opened that and pulled out another heart-shaped box, and then, from inside that, another heart-shaped box. Another smaller, heart-shaped box followed. He removed from that an even smaller heart-shaped box, and thrust it to Hiromi with one more squeaky, “Un!”

Still gone. Well, he’d miss it. Hiromi obeyed Santa this time and opened it, the smallest box in the room …and her mind and face went blank.

After that frozen moment passed, Hiromi looked at Santa. The second shock hit, and more followed. Santa Claus had ripped off his gloves, furry hat, sunglasses, and huge, flowing beard. He took the box from her?she was still speechless?dropped onto one knee, held the open box out and up to her in both stretching hands, and said in a voice loud enough for everyone in the room to hear, “Hiromi-san, boku-to kekkon shite kudasai! Hiromi, please marry me!”

Outside, to anybody looking, Port Tower’s Christmas Illumination still flashed, and the lights on and around Tokyo Bay still appeared almost twinkling. Inside OCEAN TABLE, on the second floor, everything was happening so fast that Hiromi just did not know which was more difficult to believe: Hiroshi and the ring he first tried slipping onto the finger on her right hand, the one he had taken in his before she held out her left hand, or the following PAN! and PAN! PAN! PAN! PAN! PAN! and PAN! PAN! and PAN! explosions ripping and ribbons shooting around the room as diners at the floor’s other tables popped the party crackers they had found with the notes in their presents from Santa Claus.

Copyright © 2018 David L. Gregory All rights reserved.


I Did It! by David Gregory

She had been here before. But, those were tour-guided or hand-held visits. After living most of her life in white-bread suburban USA, driving everywhere, shopping in giant malls and supermarkets, and needing only one currency and one language, my mother ventured out on her own, within and beyond Chiba, during one trip to Japan. From her notes, here are Dorothy's...

Grocery Shopping in Neighborhood―Walk five only one bag...walk five blocks back. Survived it!

Shopping in City Center―Walk six blocks to bus stop. Ride bus fifteen minutes. Arrive at stores. Walk around. Look. Decide: cookies.

Buying: “Ikura desu-ka how much?” Hmm. “Kakimasu kudasai write please.”

Paying options: give large bill, let clerk figure change, or open change purse, let clerk take out correct amount. Decide to just give some cash.

Clerk shakes her head (“NO! MORE!”), then counts out correct amount needed from register and shows me. I mimic her action from my change purse. Smiles! Deep bows with many, “Arigato gozaimasu thank you very much!”-es.
(My error: thought there was decimal point in Yen price....)

Open cookies, expecting pirouettes with chocolate centers. Instead, peanut butter waffle rolls, no chocolate. No wonder, now I see peanut sketch on package. “Shoganai can’t be changed,” I did it to myself. It could have been worse!
Travelling to Visit Friend’s Family on Other Side of Chiba―Walk ten blocks to train. Purchase ticket. Electronic lady on ticket machine screen says, “Arigato gozaimasu” and bows. Ride train twenty minutes, watching for correct stop, get off, walk seven blocks to house. I did it myself!

Visiting Hisae Overnight―My Japanese study partner in USA returned to Japan, now lives on other side of Tokyo Bay.

Take large purse and large tote bag with jacket, nightie, toothbrush, cosmetics. Walk six blocks to bus stop. Ride bus to train station. Ride train eighty minutes to Yokohama. Find correct exit from station. EASY. Did not even look at note in pocket explaining route and Japanese signs. And, look! Hisae and three-year old Kei are waiting! “Hello!” they say! Many hugs!

I did it!

Then, still more travel: train together fifteen minutes, short taxi uphill to lovely apartment, sunny and bright.

Returning to Chiba, just reverse process. Next time, we can meet at a station halfway in between. I can do it.
I can do it!

Copyright (C) 2015 David Gregory. All rights reserved. Chiba, Japan

Book Review


Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami by Rey Ventura
Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2014,
291 pp, USD34.00

Reviewed by Randy Swank

video maker and scriptwriter Rey Ventura won the 2015 National Book Award for his third collection of essays, Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami, but for some strange twist of fate you will find very little information on this book. You can’t even buy it on Amazon. This is a shame because Cherry Blossoms... is a beautiful, insightful and thought-provoking book.

These 11 essays, some of them autobiographical, see Ventura travelling back and forth between the Philippines and Japan, his adopted country, often portraying the many ways Filipino lives have been shaped and affected by their rich quasi-neighbor. Like in "A Suitable Donor," where the young men who live in the Manila slum of Banseco tell of how they came to "donate" a kidney or another organ to help a rich person in need − often from Japan.

Cherry Blossoms in the Time of Earthquakes and Tsunami
by Rey Ventura
Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2014, 291 pp, USD34.00

In "Miniskirts and Stilettos" we meet Ginto, a young lady who comes to Japan dreaming of making it big as a singer and entertainer but has to deal instead with a much darker reality; while "Mr. Suzuki Tries Again" and "Into the Snow Country" are tragicomic tales of arranged marriages where the dreams and expectations of bride-starved farmers from Japan's Deep North clash with those of young Filipino women who want to escape their poverty and go into marriage "as a girl goes into a convent." Ventura tells these stories with a great eye for detail and manages to find a ray of light even in the darkest corners, or poetry in the midst of a nuclear disaster.

The book's first essay is called "The Slow Boat to Manila" and indeed, slowness is the first word that comes to mind when considering Ventura's approach to writing. Everything Ventura does is slow. He is no magazine reporter after all, and will spend days or even months getting to know a person he wants to write about. That's the kind of personal commitment and deep connection with his subject that one feels when reading his essays.


Tokyo Fab


Japanese calligraphy (Shodo 書道)

If you are open to experiencing a Japanese moving art meditation to unlock the beauty of being fully present, this event is for you.
Japan has three traditional arts that are said to guide us on life's journey - Japanese calligraphy (書道), Japanese tea ceremony (茶道), and Japanese flower arrangement (花道). These traditional arts are built on the foundation of being present - one where we embrace wabi-sabi. Wabi-Sabi is a life philosophy that guides us on how to be our authentic selves by leaning to nature - this is one where we appreciate life's impermanence, imperfection, and incompletion. Kaki-zome (書き初め) is one of the most important traditions in Japanese calligraphy - and translates to "first writing (of the year)". We set our yearly intention during this tradition by choosing to write a character (ji・字) piece. By bringing this kaki-zome exhibition to your homes, we hope to bring the beauty of complete presence (mushin・無心) through this moving meditation to your new year.

Date:Sat, 15 January 2022 22:00 − 23:00
Venue: via Online


"Sado" ( Japanese Tea Ceremony ) online beginner's course

Explore the art of Japanese Tea Ceremony from a member and lecturer of the “Omotesenke” Tea School - Yuko Boff
”Sado−茶道” ( Japanese Tea Ceremony ) online workshop: beginner's course (90 min x 3 lessons) with Yuko Boff Long used to welcome honoured guests and mark significant occasions, the ancient Japanese Tea Ceremony involves much more than preparing and serving tea. Sometimes known as the Way of Tea, it brings together many elements of Japanese culture, art and nature. Yuko Kobayashi Boff is a member and lecturer of the “Omotesenke” Tea School and currently practices both in Japan and London. In this workshop she will introduce you to one particular style: Ryurei-shiki. Originally introduced to welcome foreigners, it uses a table and chair. She will present and demonstrate some of the procedures and utensils we use, teach you how to attend a Tea Ceremony as either guest or host, and discuss the concepts which underlie the Way of Tea. Join Yuko and find out how the Tea Ceremony offers a tranquil and beautiful space to clear the mind and soothe the soul.

Date:Sun, 16 Jan 2022, 19:30 -
Venue: via Online

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Tokyo Voice Column


Don’t Panic it’s only SNOW by Peter W Empson

For the last few days the news channels have been forecasting a heavy fall of snow here in the Kanto Region, so you think people would be prepared for the impending “disaster”, we all know that people in Kanto and Kansai don’t do snow, so the images on the TV tonight once again show just how unprepared we are, accidents and road closures, trains are delayed or cancelled, flights cancelled, commuters are stuck in stations, as usual total chaos, it happens every year when there is heavy snow, WHY !.

For a whole hour on the lunchtime news today they covered the SNOW, they went on and on about a subject which would only get 5 minutes in the UK, but there was no public announcements about staying at home, don’t use your car, travel only if you need too, which is common practice in my own country.

Companies do not plan, everybody is told to come to work as usual, you are not allowed to use your own judgment, my own company only closed the office at 2 o’clock this afternoon when it was too late, people do not have the sense to leave their cars at home, thinking everything will be ok.

This is one of the frustrations and problems when living in Japan, they do not like the unusual, they have a plan and regardless the plan will be stuck too come what may and do not do believe in a plan B.

Why the Japanese do not do like to plan for the unusual is a mystery to me, they are such an organized people, this maybe the answer, they are too organized and reliant on being told what to do and when to do it which starts from childhood, will they change NO !, can they change NO !. this is why the Japanese are such a unique and sometime unfathomable people.




日本で生活していて困ったり、フラストレーションがたまる事だ。日本人は普段通りでない状況を好まず、どんな事が起ころうときっちりと立てた計画計画どおりに物事を遂行し、プランB は考えない。


MUSEUM -What's Going on?-


Christian Marclay Translating

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is pleased to present the first large-scale museum exhibition in Japan of the acclaimed artist Christian Marclay, whose innovative practice lies at the crossroads of art and music.
Christian Marclay (b. 1955) began experimenting with sound in performances using turntables during the late 1970s in New York, and has been an important figure in the avant-garde music scene ever since. Focusing on sound as visual information and on how music is represented, objectified and commodified in modern society, he is recognized as one of the most popular and influential artists who connect contemporary art with music. Marclay works in performance, collage, installation, photography, painting and video, often repurposing a wide range of found media including LP records, CDs, comics, movies, and photographs.

Face (Fear), 2020 collage on paper 30.2 p × 30.3 cm
(C) Christian Marclay. Courtesy Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo.

Christian Marclay Translating is the first large-scale solo exhibition of the artist's work in a Japanese museum and aims to introduce his diverse and eclectic practice to audiences. Sampling his oeuvre, it includes early works, influenced by conceptual art and punk music, large-scale installations built from samples of image and sound information, and more recent works that reflect upon the anxieties permeating our contemporary world.

Period: − Wed. National Holiday. 23 February. 2022
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Hours: 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission 30 minutes before? closing )
Closed: Mondays (except 1/10, 2/21. 2022), 12/28. 2021− 1/1. & 1/11 2022.
Admission: Adults: ¥1,800 / University & College students: ¥1,200 / High School & Junior High School Students: ¥600
*Reservation recommended.

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The Genealogy of Light: Impressionist Masterworks from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

“The Genealogy of Light: Impressionist Masterworks from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem” introduces the Israel Museum's enviable collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, organized into four chapters along the themes of landscapes celebrating water and the reflections it creates, landscapes portraying human activity in (and with) the natural world, modern urban streetscapes, and, lastly, portraiture and still life. Although the Israel Museum houses a collection of approximately 500,000 materials, only a tiny fraction of the modern art collection it has amassed since its inception has been exhibited in Japan. This exhibition, which traces the birth and development of the Impressionist school out of the preceding Barbizon school and highlights the accomplishments of Post-Impressionist painters, is largely comprised of masterpieces being brought to Japan for the first time.

Vincent van Gogh, Harvest in Provence
1888 Oil on canvas 51.0 x 60.0 cm
Gift of Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem,
from the collection of Miriam Alexandrine de Rothschild,
daughter of the first Baron Edmond de Rothschild
Photo (C) The Israel Museum,
Jerusalem by Avshalom Avital

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is Israel’s foremost cultural institution and one of the world’s leading encyclopedic museums, attracting approximately 920,000 visitors annually. Founded in 1965, the Museum’s terraced 15-acre campus houses a wide-ranging collection of art and archaeology of world-class status.
Over the years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from a wide circle of friends and patrons throughout the world, including the rich and comprehensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces.


Period: − Sun. January 16, 2022
Venue: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 / - 21:00 on Fridays, the second Wednesday of the month, 1/11, 1/12, & 1/13 (last admission 30 minutes before? closing)
Closed: Mondays (except 12/27. 2021, 1/3 & 1/10. 2022)
Admission: Adults: ¥1,900 / University, College and High School Students: ¥1,000
*Advanced booking recommended

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Strange but True


Frizz No More!

Winter is well and truly upon us, and for many of us that means dry skin, cracked lips and brittle dry hair. It's all fun and games. Luckily for us, one hair care expert has shared her top tips for washing your hair in winter, which could make the world of difference to your hair health and even promote more growth. The lady behind Gola^b Beauty ( @golabbeauty) revealed her winter hair washing routine which ensures hair stays fluffy and healthy without going dry and brittle in the winter months. To start off with, she revealed she puts conditioner on the middle to the ends of her hair first in order to prevent it from drying out from the shampoo, which we didn't even know was a thing but everyday is a school day. Next, she takes the shampoo and rubs it between the palms of her hands to emulsify it before applying. Then she reapplies her conditioner and leaves it on for free minutes, before rinsing with cold (yes, cold) water, to prevent frizz.

Food for Thought

New food trends can be great news for our health, and 2021 was no exception. So what’s in store for 2022? 2022 will introduce us to postbiotics. The new kid on the block in gut health, postbiotics are the byproducts and chemicals made when probiotics (the good bacteria in our gut) feed on prebiotics (mostly fibre-rich foods). It’s thought postbiotics may explain the many health benefits of probiotics, which include keeping our gut and immune systems healthy. More research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of postbiotic supplements, so you’d be better incorporating fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir and kombucha − big news last year − into your diet for now.



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