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Posted on 2006/12/10 05:18:53 (December 2006).

[Tuesday 5th December]
Another day like the previous one, off work and by myself in Tokyo.

I'd had grand plans for all the things I could get done in these two days, but in the end I was overtaken by a wave of lethargy and so in the end nothing really materialised. Just spent some time in the afternoon tinkering with the blog engine basically.

In the evening I headed over to Ikebukuro, and having been to Rohlan recently decided instead to dine at Great India. The food was very nice as always, and I also had a bit of a conversation with the chef. He enquired where I was from, and upon telling him England, I was rather taken aback by his enthusiastic response:

"That's the best country in the world."

Maybe he always says this regardless of the response, but still it put a big smile on my face.

After dinner I headed over to Quercus for a chat with Watanabe-san and a few great Islays. Didn't stay all that long though, went home and had a nice early night, concious of the busy few days that lay ahead.

(Incidentally I wrote this entry using my mobile whilst on the Shinkansen, which hopefully excuses any mistakes).

Comment 1

"That's the best country in the world"?! RUBBISH!!!

Posted by Sheri at 2006/12/10 11:24:40.

Comment 2

It is FRANCE which is Ze best country in the world!!! Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!!

Posted by Sheri at 2006/12/10 11:25:49.

Comment 3

Sheri: SITZ!!!

Everyone knows that France is just an ugly spin-off of a greater country called "ITALIA", the indian guy was clearly mistaken.

Posted by Lox at 2006/12/10 12:55:33.

Comment 4

Funny how you're both speaking the Queen's English though

Posted by Jerry at 2006/12/11 00:01:40.

Comment 5

Do you hear that, Lox, the guy is clearly insulting us! How impudent!
Look, my dear man, I may speak the Queen's English, I nonetheless take great care (and pride) in preserving a deliberate, outrageous French accent. Good day to you, Sir.

Posted by Sheri at 2006/12/11 06:59:27.

Comment 6

Jerry: It's just to give a little prize to the Anglo-Saxon countries.. Just in case we get mistaken for fascist and the likes, we are being sarcastic, and maybe even doing a poor job at it...

Posted by Lox at 2006/12/11 08:38:03.

Comment 7

Speak for yourself, Lox!

Posted by Sheri at 2006/12/11 10:26:47.

Comment 8

Ok guys, nuff said... I was only joking too... Ha ha.
It never ceases to amaze me how slack we Brits are at other languages.. and how proficient (more likely better) our neighbouring cousins are

Posted by Jerry at 2006/12/11 18:51:22.

Comment 9


Posted by Sheri at 2006/12/11 21:14:39.

Comment 10

Jerry: If it might help, most of the people who dwell at la Maison were infact living together during Uni days. I remember that Country Slagging was our favourite game, where of course being the only foreigner meant that I was the one always picked on! :D I think it's a very British thing, but I don't mind it all that much! How did you stumbled into this site by the way? I hope there are glimmer of interesting things to make you coming back!

Posted by Lox at 2006/12/11 23:33:41.

Comment 11

Well it's a bit story, but I'll keep it brief..
I used to teach Karate to the students at the now defunct Gyosei school in Milton Keynes.. Anyway, one day while searching for things related to Gyosei on the web, I stumbled across "Le Maison" I guess due to Gyosei also being the name of Chie's College in Reading (I think it was connected to the school I taught at).. Having been to Japan 6 or more times now for training etc, I loved all the great pictures and stories, which brought back some great memories for me of my times there.. It's just keeps the connection for me a bit.. Bit sad really I know, but that's it..
"Vive le Maison!"

Posted by Jerry at 2006/12/13 13:10:04.

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