I found the DINNING BAR in ultra-hip Shimo-Kitazawa a few weeks ago, and ever since have been scouring the net for what it could possibly be. My first thought was that it MUST be connected with the word ‘din’ as in “Lordy Mike’s making a din on that Double Bass!” or “Where’s that Godawful din coming from, is he on the Double Bass again?”
But I wasn’t sure if the noun ‘din’ could be made into a verbal noun (AKA- gerund) so I went to the font of all knowledge, my old friends Merriam-Webster:
They assure me it can be a gerund, and as such a ‘Dinning Bar’ could be either a place for making a din- such as karaoke, or a place for dinning lessons into people through repetition, like an English conversation school. Both of these could be good bets and are very popular in hip international areas like Shimo-Kita, but there are already Japanese words for both of them, so I’m not optimistic.
The next comes froma music website:
Could the ‘Dinning Bar’ be a tribute-bar to the Dinning sisters? I know their soulful groove of 50’s country mixed with Southern Baptist jazz might not be to every hip young Shimo-Kita-goers taste, but there are plenty of oddball Murakami-types out there, wilting away in their solitary apartments smoking jazz cigarettes and waiting for the Big Jazz-Daddy to come swoop them into his bosom.
They might like a Dinning Disters bar. But, probably not.
I thought this next website might be helpful:
But as you can see- they defer responsibility for interpreting their own name to the reader. ‘It’s all in the domain name’? Pshaw! Come on! At least Ronseal can say that and it makes sense. Dinning.net with it’s legions of befuddled Stumblers must all be scratching their heads at this obtuse gag of a ‘description’.
My final chance lay with some Canadian lawyers, who I went round to visit with to see if they could possibly come up to scratch:
Dinning Hunter Lambert and Jackson were surprisingly helpful, gave me cream tea, and I think it was Jackson who actually patted me on the head in an affectionate fatherly manner. Of Dinning I caught scarcely a glimpse but for this high-speed photograph in which he is posing in a dapper grey suit. I hadn’t even realized he was there while I took the photo, as he moves with superhuman speed. There was no chance to interview him, as I was told he is very shy- but I suppose it’s possible he runs a bar in Shimo-Kita on the side of his big law firm in Canada.
Crazy old Dinning.
If anyone knows the truth behind the Dinning Bar, I’d be keen to hear about it.
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