A Fascinating Water Closet and A Very Surrogate Victory: Sunday 24th April

Easter Sunday arrived with a cloudless sky and a liberal sprinkling of sunshine; it made a very welcome change from yesterday, although any brighter and I would no doubt have had eye-gouging parasols to contend with! In the morning Richard and I accompanied our friend Simon to a beautiful wooden church near Roppongi, for an Anglican service that left me feeling refreshed and in very high spirits. I then went on to Kichijouji where Rie and I went to the nearby Studio Ghibli museum, which was such a treat (Rie had to book the tickets three weeks advance, as there is only a limited number available, so as to prevent crowding). The highlight was definitely an exclusive anime short film ‘The Bread Man and the Egg’, although all of the exhibits were beautifully put together, and the museum itself was a very happy place that was full of life. I am sure that Rie would have liked to move at a slightly faster pace, but I insisted on attempting to read almost everything, including what turned out to be the directions to the nearest toilet!

The children looked terrified by the massive novelty creature to their left. However they seemed to have no problems with the giant stuffed toy.

This evening a group of us went to a pub quiz in Shimo Kitazawa. The quiz was being held for Oxfam which meant of course that we behaved in a restrained and sensible manner, didn’t argue with the quiz master, and baited none of the other teams, or not. Our group was in fact so large that we had to split into two; one of the teams won, and one came second. No prizes for guessing which team I was on, which is a shame, as I would have like to have at least won something this evening.


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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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