Alive and well, and living in Tokyo ...

Reports from Essien Leroy, Our Man in Tokyo ...
July / August 2000

Day One in Tokyo

Alive and well
and living in Tokyo


Climbing Mount Fuji
or How to kill a weekend

Of crime and Punishment

Tales of Two Cities

Japanese Inventions

Keeping up with the Jones

Essien's Reaction to the Web Site

Out of Body Experience

It all depends

The Girls of Summer

An old Chinese saying

Alive and well and living in Tokyo

The Japanese find it sexy for women to be pigeon toed, so women walk around with their toes slightly pointed in. Long strides are also not seen as very feminine so hey take smaller steps. Add this to the wearing of western high heels and I'll leave that sight to your imagination. Let's just say it's not the stuff that runways are meant for but it is a sight.

All Japanese ca be written using the table below this is the Japanese alphabet. So all Japanese, more or less, is series of syllables made of one of these consonants followed by a vowel, N, W and Y are the exceptions . The letter L is not in the languish and is indistinguishable for R. If you say L instead of R no one notices, with explain Flied Lice. So Le-Ro-Y is e-si-n work but Robert and Sam is a no go, can't end with a consonant, so they stick a U in the end for good measure most of the time.

The Trains are great but the stuffing that goes on would make a New Yorker go Postal. I go to work early because being stuffed in the trains in 95 degree weather is not going to do it. There are special people whose job is to pack you in.

And the most interesting thing is that Japanese street don't have name. Very large boulevards are the exceptions. And all Tokyo streets look like Greenwich Village - Wall Street area, no square blocks exist anywhere at all. Compared to New York imagine if Broadway, 5th, Houston, Wall, Delancy and maybe 14th had names in lower Manhattan but that is all, and you had to give your address or directions to your house. Give an address and the taxi driver looks at you like he is saying foreigner, don't you know. Now I do.