I’d been meaning to listen to this episode of the Tokyo Jazz Joints podcast but a friend of mine recommending the site the other day finally got me to listen. Before the plague, I had become a “regular customer” at Narcissus — if regular customer means the owner remembered who I was when I came in once every few months. The other jazz kissa I used to go to in Tokyo, Mary Jane, closed when the neighborhood it was in was redeveloped.
I know very little about jazz other than I like to listen to it. I do like the atmosphere at jazz cafes. So the podcast brought back some nice memories when one could go to a small cafe in a crowded neighborhood and the biggest concern was worrying about navigating the touts outside — or if I had forgot something at the Okinawan restaurant where I would eat dinner, as I did the first time I went to Narcissus. (Fun fact, if you do that your chances of being remembered at a coffee shop increase greatly.)
I saw this cat hanging out by the iris garden at my local park
I passed by this park while cycling to Kamakura the other day. I might go back sometime.
I saw this in the window at the convenience store near my house. The film Ninja Batman, in which Batman and the Joker go back in time to fight in feudal Japan, is being adapted into a play.
Scheduled to be performed at the Shinjuku Theater Moliere from October until December
Due to the ‘rona, temples were only passing out prewritten seals rather than signing books directly.
No need to keep looking, he’s found!
I have been visiting Kamakura once a month since January to see the Great Buddha, among other places there.