Monday, September 8, 2008
The "Urban Monkey" (hey, is that anything like 'urban cowboy'?) was spotted in Kanda but avoided capture. Maybe he rode the Yamanote Line from Shibuya to Kanda. According to witnesses, he was spotted staring at some bananas at a fruit stand (how did they know he was staring at bananas and not some other items?) but he was shooed away before he could steal any (sort of a prejudicial statement, dontcha think? Maybe he would have paid for them; we don't know if he carries a coin purse). The head police officer lamented the fact that the monkey is so agile but "we have only nets" (like, what should they use, hand grenades?! Maybe this is a job for Spiderman.) The police official further stated that the monkey, driven to the overhanging electric wires, urinated onto the ground below. (Well, maybe he had been looking for the restroom when they chased him up there. Besides, public urination is still not a crime here, anyway.) The police have pledged to capture him alive, until then, you may want to wear a hat around Kanda Station... [Ref. Japan Times, Sept. 8, 2008]
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
A couple of times a month, "Chihuahua Mom" meets four lovely Japanese ladies to help them practice speaking English. They trade stories about their experiences and brush up on certain English idioms, have a bite of lunch, and a good time is had by all. Today's theme was 'encounters with celebrities'. Chihuahua Mom told about meeting the famous singer, Hiroshi Itsuki, backstage at the Hilton in Las Vegas 30 years ago. At that time CM didn't even know who he was or how famous he was in Japan. Little did she know that his son would even be a classmate of her son in first grade in Japan! The funny thing is, while CM's appearance has changed a lot (to her chagrin), Hiroshi Itsuki looks almost the same today as 30 years ago! (CM is second from L in the photo).