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Out on the Balcony

Posted on 2006/05/22 14:51:30 (May 2006).

[Sunday 21st May]
The daytime was relatively uneventful - spent the morning putting more time into my travel pages (particularly the map), then spent the afternoon out and about in Tokyo with Chie. We went over towards Tokyo station, the main reason being that we wanted to visit Paul a French bakery we both rather like. After that we had a rather vague and meandering wander about, taking in Printemps in Ginza, a sort of antiques market, and a big bookshop, where I bought another Bill Bryson book.

In the evening we decided at random to have a sort of barbeque - using our "denki griru nabe" - a sort of griddle pan / hot plate / whatever you call it. Oh and we decided to set it up out on the blacony. Haruka-kun, Chie's old university friend who lives just round the corner from us came over, then later on Yuka joined us as well.

It was a very pleasant evening, nice to actually make use of the balcony for a change. Let's hope this very modest balcony party marks the first of many!

Comment 1

How about we come to your place on Thursday for another instalment of the BBQ? I would love to see your place!! :)

Posted by Lox at 2006/05/22 15:24:04.

Comment 2

You'd be very welcome, but it's not that exciting here really! I live in a shoebox, and whilst the balcony is larger than the norm for this kind of apartment in Tokyo, the view is, well, somewhat less than inspiring!

Posted by John at 2006/05/22 16:13:19.

Comment 3

Lox, I suspect your standard idea of a balcony is like the following:


Please take a moment to compare and contrast with, say, this picture:


Posted by John at 2006/05/22 16:16:29.

Comment 4

Tokyo really couldn't get any uglier if it tried, could it?

Posted by John at 2006/05/22 16:17:37.

Comment 5

I see what you mean.... :) Well ROHLAN is the place then? :)

Posted by Lox at 2006/05/22 17:02:34.

Comment 6

Is somebody else sending you Marmite as well as me?????

Posted by Mum at 2006/05/22 18:53:29.

Comment 7

I like the florence balcony better, I have to say. Therefore to compensate you for not having a view of Florence from your balcony in Tokyo, I have created this:
I hope its helps!

Posted by kev at 2006/05/22 22:02:04.

Comment 8


Posted by Lox at 2006/05/22 23:54:01.

Comment 9

Mum: no, the glass one is an empty from last year... I decided not to throw it away in case things get really desperate (there's always one last scraping!).

By the way, the squeezable one is a real hit. I have to admit to being sceptical at first, but now I'm convinced it is the way forward!

Posted by John at 2006/05/23 01:11:12.

Comment 10

Sqeezable MARMITE? Now that's genius for you!! I didn't know that they made it, will look for it during my next trip to England...

Posted by Lox at 2006/05/23 01:14:18.

Comment 11

Kev: excellent, a new career opening for you there?

Posted by John at 2006/05/23 01:14:29.

Comment 12

Lox: yea, it's great - it saves you the whole problem of someone putting a buttery knife in the jar and making a right mess (which we all know was the real reason behind World Wars I and II).

Posted by John at 2006/05/23 02:10:39.

Comment 13

Kev: I can't help but wonder though if the dangerous levels of exposure to daytime TV you've probably had over the last few months, and all the "home makeover" programs that entails, has had an unhealthy effect on you...

Still, those days are nearly over, right?

Posted by John at 2006/05/23 02:14:24.

Comment 14

Kev, you forgot to erase the background in the remodelled picture. A bazooka would do for the purpose, I think.

Posted by Sheri at 2006/05/23 10:06:07.

Comment 15

A bit of Trompe L'Oeil perhaps? Cheaper and less upsetting than bazookas!! :)))

Posted by Nigel at 2006/05/23 22:52:57.

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