Broiling to Death and a Panda/Butterfly Hybrid: Saturday 31st December

This year I decided to spend New Years Eve with some friends at Zojoji temple in central Tokyo, bringing in 2012 with another ten thousand people or so. Despite the crowds the event looked spectacular, with thousands of balloons being released as the clock struck midnight and Tokyo Tower announced the New Year in glorious Technicolor. The baying masses also meant that I was oblivious to the sub-zero temperatures, and that rather than worrying about exposure I spent most of my time trying to avoid being crushed alive whilst cursing my sartorial choices of four layers plus sheepskin, as it meant that I was slowly broiling to death, something which was distinctly not part of my New Years resolutions.

Before the Crush.

After the crush at the temple, a couple of us went for a drink in a tiny bar somewhere in Shimo Kitazawa. Upon walking into said bar, the room fell silent as the locals unanimously turned to face the new arrivals. However, within seconds of this most auspicious of entrances we were being bought drinks by men in trilbies, and invited to further parties with fashion models (unfortunately mainly male). This culminated with an event in an even smaller room/ bar, where two girls sat in their best kimonos, whilst all around them collapsed into drunken debauchery. The highlight of which was a drunken Japanese man who had passed out and been drawn on to look like a panda/butterfly hybrid, something that definitely was part of my New Years resolutions. All in all an excellent start to 2012.

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Sam often finds these 'about me' pages a bit of a chore, not to mention rather difficult to set the correct tone for. In his opinion it is very difficult to construct a meaningful paragraph or two about oneself that gives an interesting insight into the author's life, without seeming to appear trite, abrasive, or indeed severely narcissistic. But, being Sam, he will attempt to give it a go. Sam moved to Tokyo at the end of September 2010, on a scholarship that allows him to study Japanese, and pursue his latent ambition to be a playwright. As well as having this rather forbearing pipe dream that carries before him in the style of an well-rehearsed, cliché ridden monologue, Sam has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics and a grand unified theory that involves teaching, theatre, climate change, and two unified bodies lying motionless in a filed somewhere. As you can probably tell by now, Sam's main joy in life is writing about himself in the third person. This is why he got into the theatre in the first place, not for the fame adulation, or success that is ultimately beyond his reach, but for the opportunity to regularly write about himself in this perspective. He hopes that you enjoy his blog, and that it gives you an insight into what it is like being a neurotic Northern lad, now gone for 27, in the Far Far East.
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2 Responses to Broiling to Death and a Panda/Butterfly Hybrid: Saturday 31st December

  1. Haikugirl says:

    Happy New Year, Sam! (*^_^)v

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