Halloween 1988

And now for a flashback to more than a quarter century ago. Here are some pictures from a big Halloween party at my apartment in Musashi Nitta, near the Tama River, in 1988 while working at Fujitsu.

I like to think I started the tradition of Halloween celebrations in Japan with my first rooftop Halloween party in 1984, in “Exotic Kamata.” After the party, we walked to the station in costume and passersby were very surprised. One poor high school student was so shocked he fell over! Fortunately he was laughing afterwards.

Does anybody recognize themselves from these 1988 photos?

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Halloween, Anniversaries, Culture Day

It’s already Friday, October 31st here – Halloween. Today is also the 31st anniversary of me moving to Japan. It doesn’t seem that long ago.

Monday is a national holiday – Culture Day (Bunka no Hi) – so it is a three day weekend.

Our next national holiday isn’t until November 24th.

Happy Culture Day weekend to everyone.


Fall colors and sunset along the river

Around 4 pm I decided to rouse myself from my desk chair stupor and go for a walk down to the Nakagawa. The weather was clear blue skies, and the fall colors were vivid. And I think I got a good pre-sunset photo of the sun low in the sky with good river highlights.

To the left of the large sun you can see the Sky Tree.

Sunset was at 4:50 pm today.


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