Archive for March, 2007

BIG shoes, and a recommended radio station

I record this here for my own reference and for other gaijin in Japan who suffer from the BIG feet problem – with the average Japanese foot being only 17cm in length it’s tricky to get shoes in your size.

Thankfully, Hikari Shoes, with branches in Shinjuku, Okachimachi and Kawasaki (I think), have shoes up to 35cm in length, so you will never need to cut the ends of your toes off again.

http://www.kutsunohikari.co.jp

I got myself a decent pair of shoes for the long hike as my walking boots are just too heavy. A bargain at 3000 yen.

Whilst we’re on the subject of recommendations, I’d like to mention a radio station that I came across thanks to an afternoon spent with Tom and Miyu. It has become my favourite music radio station ever, overnight.

Groove Salad is a streaming station that you can easily listen to via iTunes – go to Radio > Ambient > Groove Salad on SomaFM. It’s broadcast from a basement in San Francisco by a small group of dedicated DJs and producers. It’s mainly funded by listener donations.

Their homepage can be found at http://somafm.com/

First semester results

I’ve just received a postcard with my first semester results on from Rikkyo University. I’m happy to say, that out of 5 subjects, I scored between 90% and 100% for 3 of them, and between 80% and 89% for the other 2.

Hurrah! Now there’s just next week’s level-placement test to deal with.

Sakura

The cherry blossom has arrived in Tokyo.




Spot the train floating in the midst of the sakura

A very important song

I think everyone should buy it.

Best viewed here: Moon song

But a shortened, low-quality version for people with external-link phobia, can be viewed here:

Oh, the follow up to that reveals some terrible truths about the moon:

http://www.rathergood.com/blode7/

Student Loan

Amazing.

Time taken to apply for next years student loan (worth almost £6000): 5 minutes, requiring no keys to be pressed, just 20 or so mouse clicks. All done.

I love my LEA.