(Pamphlet on ironing board)
Never mind the Queen. Special guest at Japan vs Sweden…Salaryman! #london2012
Lottery night. No, hang on, it’s Higgs boson the NHK way!
Teenage Wasteland: Japanese Youth in Revolt, 1964 -
Fabulous photos from another age.
Japanese Government Railways poster. On the wall at Flat Planet, Great Marlborough Street.
Ko-hi- wa oishikatta desu.
Japan Times | Bloomberg (complete with pictures of pedestrians struggling with broken 500-yen brollies).
Radio 4’s Food Programme (again). “In Praise of Stock” includes an interview with Kensuke Yamada of Tsuru restaurants in London in which he explains stock-making Japan-style.
Listen on iPlayer | Tsuru
Sat on loo. Opened mag at this page. It’s fate.
A nice surprise today, marking what would have been Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st birthday. He died in 2005. (And no, I didn’t know about him either.)
There is something precise and serene about origami that is particularly Japanese.
New York Times obituary | Google blog
BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme today: Japan, Fukushima and food.
“… as Richard Johnson discovers, confusion and lack of information in the early weeks of the crisis has led to suspicion and mistrust among large sections of the Japanese population. For this reason, the disaster is likely to not just change Japan’s relationship with its politicians, but also its food culture.”
Available (globally, I think) until March 19.
Food Programme page | Direct iPlayer link
Classic Yoneya toy on my nephew’s birthday card. Yes, he’s 10. Omedetou, Sam-kun!
(Card blurb: “Mechanical toy motorcycle manufactured by Yoneya Toys Co Ltd. Lithographed tinplate, with a clockwork mechanism. Japan, 1975-79.”)
Akai happa (leaves of red).
By Yo-chan. Arigato.
(The inscription says: “I thought you were gonna quit smoking.”)
Denny’s. Dining like it’s 1982.