Tokyo Year 1

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My first year in Tokyo was 12 years ago now. I was 23, I think, 6 months after finishing university. It was mad, heady, crazy days- a drunken extension of my Uni days but one where I had a job and a ready-made community of folks to hang with in my language school’s students.

I mention this not for any special reason of nostalgia, though both SY and I these days sometimes think about how we miss the ‘simple life’ of our two-room apartment in our latter days in Tokyo, with walkable commutes and loads of great restaurants nearby. I mention it because I stumbled on these photos that my sister Alice sent a while back, which she took in Tokyo on her trip over to visit me in the middle of that first year.

She scanned them (12 years ago really was pre-facebook, pre-cell phone cameras I think, pre-everything really…) and sent them to me a while ago, and now I shall post them here.

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Alice at left and me in the middle, in the hallway of my language school before we went out with students for drinking and karaoke.

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Me in I think Meiji Jingu shrine.

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In my school-provided apartment. I wall-papered the walls with wrapping paper.

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In front of some kind of bar with my good buddy Scott.

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Karaoke-ing with some students.

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Me and Al.

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