Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Located in the shopping arcade right next to JR/Heichiku Tagawaita Station, OLDIES Izakaya is a combination Tex-Mex restaurant, izakaya, and party venue. It's also more or less a shrine to kitschy Americana - the walls and ceilings are completely covered in Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean. Friendly co-owners Toshi and Miho serve reasonably priced classics ranging from hot dogs and karaage to burritos, enchiladas and a rather famous taco salad. There are weekday drink specials on tap beer, as well as a selection of imported beers like Corona, Hoegaarden and Dos Equis. Several times a year, OLDIES hosts all-you-can-drink parties with live music from local JETs as well as Tagawa rockabilly bands. Very popular hangout spot for Chikuho area JETs. An English menu is available. Miho speaks excellent English and wears Old Spice deodorant.
Open 6-11 pm, closed Sundays.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The dress code is "put on your best threads, no flip flops."
Black dress is from Zara, rabbit fur gloves were a birthday present from Miho, gold boots are from the OPA department store in Osaka. Will also wear fishnet tights and much louder makeup. If there's anything I love, it's attempting to smoothly blend dressy with silly, with a touch of "serious business." It's rare I expose this much skin in an outfit, but I think it's well suited to this "HIGH IN THE SKY" business that Fukuoka Now is promoting.
See you there!
You mean a great place to murder someone?
And then we passed from questionable civilization to none at all, just us and the heart heavy trees bent like grandmas over the road. Lurching and jerking we sped over mountains in the most inconveniently twisted path imaginable.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I hate when people talk about North Korea and South Korea like they are separate species of humans. Korea was torn in half less than 60 years ago. People have family on either side of the border. They have the same national anthem, and both celebrate "Arirang" as the ultimate song of national pride that swells deep in the chests of every citizen.
Here's to hoping for a reunified Korea someday. I think it will happen.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Nagasaki was ultimately disappointing, but Hiroshima seems to be quite the opposite. The city itself is modern and accessible, tourist-friendly as expected (this weekend it was overrun with German tourists), and the people, architecture and food are quite attractive. Miyajima was beautiful; we spent less than two hours there so I'd like to go back someday. Soft ice cream in a deep fried bread bun and free roaming deer.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
My infatuation with wolf shirts claims to be ironic, raising eyebrows here and there as I rack up shirt after shirt without signs of stopping. This is the first wolf shirt I have owned which is actually passable as anything other than tongue in cheek. I would definitely throw it on were I going to see live power metal, but I am also equally inclined to wear it wherever casual current dress is called for. The oatmeal/tan color is somewhat new; this spring I have actually been trying to branch out from my comfort zone of nothing but black. What kind of shoes would complement this well?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Well, I didn't do that. I went to Vassar instead for liberal arts, and I had a really nice time there - I played in their orchestra for a couple years, met really amazing professors, read a lot of interesting texts, and made lifelong friends. Vassar really opened my eyes to different kinds of people that didn't exist in my hometown, which was neat, and I am of course eternally thankful to my grandmother's inheritance for fronting the bill.
I keep in touch with some friends/former teachers from my active orchestra days via Facebook, and they are working at schools as orchestra/instrument teachers and talking about preparing their students for upcoming concerts and things. Naturally, a (significant) part of me is thinking "I want to do that!!!!!!!!!" and wondering "what if........"