Drink booze & shoot the shit out of things, Tokyo style. Directly in front of me a nicely dressed woman is locking and loading an AK-47. Directly behind me my friends are doing the biggest shots of tequila I’ve ever seen. This is Shooting Bar EA – Tokyo’s BB gun shooting range, a place where the menus are chock-full of booze and guns, and pacifism should be left at the door. Hanging on the wall there are Glocks, Sig Sauers, Colts, […]
Solitude is pleasant. Loneliness is not. The forgotten stores of Shimokitazawa. A few years back I was in a supermarket and saw a damaged apple. It was bruised and off-colour. Lonely. Discarded. I felt sorry for it. I bought it because I knew no one else would. I was reminded of this apple today as I walked through Shimokitazawa’s suffocating Station Market. It isn’t really a market at all any more. It’s a dark alleyway that smells like a box […]
April is a time of change in Japan. It’s the month that marks the start of the new school year, with many people changing jobs and others leaving the country for good. It’s been a very busy period for me: new schools, new responsibilities and new friends. But in between teaching, writing and drawing I’ve also managed to pack in so much stuff over the last few weeks in Tokyo.
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¥30 beers in Tokyo? Yup, they exist. 114 beers later and we’re alive to tell the tale… Whether you’re new to Japan, or are simply blind drunk in the convenience store at 3am and can’t see what you’re buying, you’ve probably had happoshu (発泡酒). Basically classed as a “low-malt beer-like beverage”, the quality of happoshu can vary from ‘just about drinkable’ to ‘piss in a can’. Japanese tax laws state that beers that contain over 67% malt are taxed in […]
Partying with zombies in central Tokyo on a Sunday afternoon? Be careful, you might go to hell… On 07 March 321, Constantine 1, Rome’s first Christian Emperor, decreed that Sunday should be observed as the Roman day of rest. He would therefore h…