Found in Translation

Osaka / Tokyo, Japan

June 24 and 27, 2009

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Towel. No, not a cloth to cover your nakedness as you emerged from an onsen (a public hot bath). Just an example of the Japanese quirk of rolling the hard /r/ to a loopy /l/, as in that hilarious scene in Lost in Translation involving a befuddled Bill Murray and a demanding dominatrix. In my case, I got befuddled looks because I looked Japanese but couldn’t speak Nihonggo. Continue reading “Found in Translation”

A City of Superlatives

Tokyo, Japan

June 26 – 27, 2009

Super-duper. That pretty much summed up this Godzilla of a city: Tokyo, the monster metropolis.

On the Most Expensive Kilometer in the World: Marunouchi, Tokyo

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