Tag Archives: fish

Rice fish, baby

Hi blog. May weather has been somewhat erratic this year – we’ve had some glorious clear days, days of gale-force winds, days of bucketing rain and the coldest day in May in 35 years. It was on a Saturday afternoon … Continue reading

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Japanese Striped Loach

Hi blog. It was the end of a long week and the first day of a three-day weekend. (Cue Homer Simpson’s “Woohoo!”)  Actually, we were pretty lucky about the three day weekend; the April 29th holiday fell on a Sunday … Continue reading

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The Big Chill

Hi blog. I’m doing my best to avoid the Olympics without the option of fleeing to another country.  Luckily for me, Japan had not won any medals and was forced to fill news time with something else. That something else … Continue reading

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Not Just Another Walk in the Park

Hi blog. April is upon us, which means the beginning of the financial year and academic year, cherry blossom parties, and the end of the end of the extremely short spring holidays.  (I don’t get why the last day of … Continue reading

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Something Fishy…

Hi blog. I thought I wouldn’t get a second post this month, but Japanese news to the rescue. The first article was something I saw on the evening news but had trouble tracking down in the English-language press. From the … Continue reading

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Radically Fishy – An Adventure in Ideograms

Hi blog. The rainy season has arrived, so be prepared to put up with me ranting about the locals’ inability to cope with the heat and humidity. Recent news has been dominated with the story of Yamato Tonooka, whose parents … Continue reading

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Pisciside

Hi, blog. Earlier this year the Saitama Aquarium was the victim of two large-scale poisonings in its outdoor pools, resulting in a total of over 900 large fish dying.  Toilet facilities were also vandalized in a third incident. Police have finally … Continue reading

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The Great Gonzui

Hi out there. The New Year celebrations have come and gone, and things have settled back to their usual routine. We have passed the solstice, and I notice the days getting longer – it’s not dark at 4:30 any more, … Continue reading

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Catfish

Winter is upon us, although early winter daytime in this part of the world is usually unpleasantly cold only in the early morning.  Clear skies are the norm, and being out in the sun on a fifteen degree day (while … Continue reading

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Eel of Fortune

My hovercraft is full of eels – Monty Python The weather has been cooler and drier compared to most years – fewer rainy days and not many actually hot days.  Some nights in June needed blankets, and there were a … Continue reading

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