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The iPhone Revolution

The little mechanical monster has been in my life for exactly one day longer than the little fuzzy monster. Both have had profound effects.

Once he finally stopped peeing in the bed, Monkey Boy began to curl himself around my heart and now has a pretty firm grip. The phone has proven to be both a bane and a boon, but more boon than bane. Case in point: lunch today at Royal Host.


Four tables of young women with small children all competing to see who could scream the loudest. The only single adult was the man at the next table who couldn’t stop blowing his nose.

iPhone, earphones, and Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter”. LOUD. Foul mood to fair in under 30 seconds.

The phone exists to serve me. I am the Goddess.


What a week.

Monday: Finish the math. Massive sigh of relief.

Tuesday: Script check meeting for a kids’ live show, blissfully uneventful.

Wednesday: Wrote the final passage for my new reading text; punched things at the dojo.

Thursday: Directed narration of two programs for NHK World TV; still loving that. I tell people what to do and they do it AND I get the comfy chair.

Friday: Auditioned 18 4-6 year old kids for a kid video. Not easy, but I love that I have an A-Un relationship with the director, Junko. She says, “A,” I say, “Un,” and we both know what we’re talking about; long walk home to enjoy the sakura.

Whew! Finally, some time to refresh the batteries.


A Tale of Ramen

I was in the mood for ramen today, so walked to Yutenji, which is a rather nothing kind of neighborhood. I should know; I used to live there. But it has a good Chinese restaurant, which features Beatles Muzak played on traditional Chinese instruments, and that’s just weird enough to appeal to my taste. I was starting on my noodles when I heard some other music and a marching band passed by the restaurant’s big picture window.

A marching band? In Yutenji?


This definitely merited investigation. Turns out it was the Meguro Ward Traffic and Everyday Safety, Anti-Crime and General Well-Being Festival. Who knew?

The band marched to the grounds of an elementary school with a strange gliding sort of step as if each member was trying to hold a 100 yen coin between their butt cheeks.

A program of entertainment followed. First was a band consisting of 100 kindergarten kids. They were predictably awful, but does it get any cuter than this?

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAWell, maybe. The next act was ballerinas…

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA…then (thankfully brief) performances by bands from an elementary, junior high and high school. Then taiko drummers, which are always a treat….

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA…and some kind of Tai Chi-dance-meditation-probably-more-fun-to-do-than-watch thing…

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA…and then the marching band returned for a grand finale, playing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah and Hot Stuff.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA The whole thing was surprisingly fun, mostly in its unexpectedness and cheese factor. Even after all these years, Tokyo doesn’t fail to surprise and entertain.

Misha’s Noodles

At lunch today, my friend’s 10 year old ordered curry udon, which is usually fine for kids, but this particular place makes it pretty spicy. We were discussing this issue with the server when she said, “Hang on. I’ll be right back,” and trotted off to the kitchen.

And she came right back with a small bowl in her hand and in the small bowl was a small spoon and in the small spoon was a taste of the curry sauce.

PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERAI’d say he looks like a happy camper.