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Cafe culture started in Japan in 1911, when a few cafes opened up in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Of these the oldest still in operation is the Cafe Paulista (Paulista coming from Sao Paulo in Brazil), which opened in December 1911 operating under a peculiar 12 year contract of free shipments of coffee beans from the Brazilian government in order to spread coffee drinking in Japan. When the great earthquake of 1923 hit Tokyo and the destroyed the cafe at the same time as the free coffee agreement ended the management withdrew from the cafe business. It reopened in 1969 and moved to its present location on one of the main streets of Ginza in 1970. John Lennon and Yoko Ono both visited the cafe in 1969, according to legend. In 2003 there was a bit of flurry when records were discovered in Osaka City of a cafe having opened…
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Here is one for all my architect readers (well, both of them): Sunny Hills in Tokyo’s central Minami Aoyama district (or in Omotesando for those of us who think in terms of subway stations), which is the flagship store of a premium Taiwanese cake brand. The building itself has been much written about in architecture press, and I thought it would be interesting to show how it looks recently, about a year after completion. More information about the building can be found here. If you are into contemporary Japanese architecture this is a good place to start, not least for the delicious (and expensive) cakes!
One benefit of starting this blog has been that I’ve been sent many books for review, some of which I might not have heard of otherwise and which ended up being favorite reads of the year for me.
The only drawback — I can’t possibly get around to all of the books I’ve been sent!
Generally, I give myself half a year and if I STILL haven’t been able to read a book, then I know I probably won’t get around to it. I want to say to these dear books, “It’s not you, it’s me!” — because it really is.
My big reading love is literary fiction — I’ve managed to read every novel I’ve been sent (or find a mil spouse reviewer for it). But because this blog is called the Military Spouse Book Review, people often send me nonfiction books to review, thinking I must be one…
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Shelter and safety. They make us feel comfortable and secure. We have a lot of comfort and security and shelter here in america. Rarely do we feel truly threatened or at risk. We go places we know are safe and we take part in activities that are completely within the realm of safety. Even when we risk a little it’s a conscious decision with as much safety measures in place as possible. We have so little risk in our lives we have to inject tiny amounts of it via perceptively dangerous recreational activities that are still extremely controlled.
With all this shelter comes, for me at least, a diminished sense of adventure and a disconnection with the experience of life and spontaneity. How can we truly connect with our surroundings if there’s a constant buffer separating us from it? When’s the last time you felt the touch of grass…
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A couple of years ago, the always-inflammatorySalonran a piece entitled “The 15 Most Hated Bands of the Last 30 Years.” Included on the list were such hate-favourites as Nickelback (hatred of them has become so common as to be ubiquitous), but also many of the bands whose work came to define the sounds of the ’90s. Think Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews Band, and Hootie and the Blowfish. Surprised to hear that they are the most hated band? So was I. But then again, in many ways I really wasn’t. Though I was incredibly annoyed at rediscovering this list a little over a week ago, I saw it as just another sign that we are indeed still living in “The Age of Irony.”
At first, I couldn’t quite figure out why the list annoyed me so much. Was it simply because they had listed the Goo…
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