National Foundation Day and British Hospitality: Friday 11th February

Today was a national holiday; specifically it was ‘National Foundation Day’: a day to reflect on the establishment of this great nation. Sadly the only thing that I was left reflecting on this morning was that the well-timed snow storm caused me to lose the use of approximately 80% of my body, and meant that I had to go to the launderette to dry my washing. So cheers National Foundation Day, you cost me ¥300 and probably a couple of digits. As a caveat to that my local park does look rather beautiful in the snow-scape.

Scenes like this almost make up for the lack of any central heating in this damn place.

This evening I met up with Akira, who was visiting his family in Tokyo over the extended weekend, and we went for a meal in Shimokitazawa. As usual Akira was on great form, and we had a delicious meal at an Izakaya before heading to ‘Heaven’s Gate’, a classy British bar; oxymoronic as that may seem. Sadly the barmen misheard me and so poor Akira ended up with two (futatsu) pints of Guinness, when he only asked for one (hitotsu), still I guess that’s just British hospitality for you. Unfortunately for me, it was also British prices.


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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