I wasn’t anything enough

Not beautiful enough, Not caring enough, Not kind enough, Not funny enough, Not fun enough, Not confident enough, Not go-getting enough, Not fluent in Japanese enough, Not smart enough, Not strong enough, Not good enough – I wasn’t anything enough. I never am. But I guess she was, She was everything enough for you.  …

Heartbreak in Hiroshima

Heartbreak in Hiroshima. It sounds like a trashy, OTT Mills & Boon novel (I actually very much enjoy reading clichéd romantic fiction – if my love life is doomed, I don’t see why I can’t enjoy and live the love lives of fictional characters), albeit with no happy ending. This is going to be the…

My Samurai

I really should have written about this when it was hot off the press. Albeit late, here we go. My spinning instructor is really effing sexy. Hot. Droolworthy. The babe to rule them all. My heart rate is through the roof before I even get on the bike, and after every weekly class, the pool…

“You’re so Charlotte”

That’s what he said to me. A former friend’s gay co-worker, that is. Obviously, he was referring to Charlotte York of Sex and the City fame. Now, Charlotte is adorable and positive and kind and super pretty and proper and I am happy to be told that I remind someone of such a lovely character.…

Densha Onna

I see them at the weekend, camped out by the train tracks near my apartment. Their cameras are at the ready, perched jauntily on their tripods. These hobbyists are here for one thing only – trains. Yes, they are trainspotters, and passionate ones at that. I have seen boys as young as eight and  men…

Free booze? Yes, please!

It was the discovery of the day, perhaps even the year so far. As my friend and I wandered into Topman in Harajuku, we were approached by a friendly sales assistant who offered us both free beer – to drink as we leisurely perused the items in store. What?? Why?? “It’s Fashion Friday,” he announced,…