All posts tagged "Tales from Tokyo"

  • Communicating offline

    Right, of course, the Internet. There is no need to panic on the morning of a dinner party for seven, when answers can always be found at the click of a button. No need to compile a...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • The rice cooker convert

    I looked at it. “So, what do you think?” my husband asked.  (To be honest, when he had called earlier and told me he was bringing home a “surprise,” I wasn’t really thinking cookware. I was thinking...

    • Posted November 5, 2015
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  • Note from the teacher

    “Swimming cap?” I asked my first grade son. “Swimming cap,” he said as he handed me a note from his teacher. “I need to have a cap for swimming class. By Friday.” Friday? Wait a minute. That’s...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Tokyo roads: How good a driver are you?

    You know the situation: you’re in the outer lane of the Expressway, going about 110 Km per hour, moving along with a fair bit of traffic.  A foreign car with blacked out windows comes charging up behind...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • Decorative English

    “I’m standing between Love & Peace and Hugme”. This was the position of a patient who got lost on her way to my office. What a lovely place to be! I knew exactly where she was and...

    • Posted May 9, 2013
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  • Coping with the chaos of kids

    Meet the Juggler… I have the world’s coolest stroller. A four-seater yellow affair that drives like a Porsche, steers like a Merc and takes corners at high speed like a Formula 1-something or other. Into this fabulous...

    • Posted December 29, 2009
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  • Kitchen confidential

    “Honey, what are you doing?” my husband asked me. “Um,” I said. “I’m just texting….” “You took a picture of that Japanese cereal box, didn’t you?” OK. I admit it. I’m addicted to taking pictures of grocery...

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • One man and his brolly

    Weapon, prop, fashion accessory, and a good umbrella should be treated like an inseparable best friend during this season. It should be one with spokes of unbendable steel, light enough to tote around in a bag or...

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • Handbag lost, handbag regained

    John Milton wrote Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained about man’s fall from paradise and his struggle to regain divine grace. Today in Tokyo, I write the epic saga of my handbag. Hoping to do some bargain shopping...

    • Posted April 4, 2008
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  • Off the Map

    “What did she say?” my friend Muffin* asked me in a slightly panicked voice. (*Name changed to protect the newly licensed.) “She said, ‘You have arrived at your destination,’ ” I hesitantly repeated. We slowly looked around....

    • Posted March 6, 2008
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  • All dolled up

    I understood what Midori meant when she told me that hina dolls aren't for the kids as much as for the mothers!

    • Posted March 6, 2008
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  • Girls and dolls

    An in-depth look at this month's Hina Matsuri celebratingdaughters by way of traditional ornamental figurines.

    • Posted March 6, 2008
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