a The Transit Lounge: October 2010

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Tuesday, October 12

Noosa Triathlon - Getting Closer

The next instalment detailing my journey to the start of the Noosa Tri...! It''s not too far off now - under three weeks away. I am just really excited about the Tri. I know that all in all, I will finish it and the time doesn't matter - as long as my husband is by my side.

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Monday, October 11

Cannibal Superstar

Just finished watching a documentary called Cannibal Supertar. It was about Issei Sagawa, a Japanese man who, while living in France, murdered and cannibalized a Dutch woman nearly three decades ago.

To cut a long story short, he was extradited to Japan, where he was unable to be legally held as Japan has no laws on holding people with mental issues etc - of course they don't. And although Sagawa has even recently still said he harbours strong desires to eat women, particularly at the beginning of each summer when women dress in a way that shows more skin, he still roams free in Tokyo.

Sagawa is also a minor celebrity in Japan - seriously, wtf??!

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Friday, October 8

Another Fat Baby

Where were all of these fat bubbas when I was in Japan?!

I am not entirely 100% sure this kid is Japanese or even Asian - it could just be his chubby cheeks giving him a particular eye shape!

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Thursday, October 7

Funny Japanese Ad

Not 100% sure of this ad's accuracy...

I've been to Japanese sporting events, and while there are plenty of organised chants and songs, there is definitely no out of place screaming as shown in this ad.

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Tuesday, October 5

London, London

My friend and ultimate dancefloor inspiration, DJ Munoz, is in the latest Tokyo Weekender. I still remember the original club nights back in the Big O, some of which I have chronicled on here over the past years...

Anyway, if you're in Tokyo this weekend and you want to get your dance on, London Calling it is.

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Sunday, October 3

WWII Came to FNQ

Clearly I have taken some time out as of late - and there is no better place to do that than in Port Douglas. Or Newell Beach, about 30 min north of Port Douglas, to be exact. Tropics, rainforest, desolate beach...who could ask for more? As I have said in other posts over the past years, FNQ is my most favourite place in world.

And as we all know, it's gateway, Cairns, is a top holiday destination for Japanese too. And the history of the Japanese in this part of the world goes way back. I mean, you've all heard of the bombing of the Douglas Shire right? Exactly.

I was extremely mystified to see a sign not so far from the house my family and I are staying in, giving directions to a "Bomb Site". Intrigued, I decided to pay it a visit. What would I find? A huge bombed out crater? Some scarred buildings and land? Not quite. Instead, I found a bomb sculpted out of stone, with an inscription.

I just wonder what the Japanese thought was up here that needed destroying - although if you told me "nature", I'd have to say you're probably right. I have seen first hand how the Japanese love to tame the wilderness. Eight bombs dropped and not one fatality - which is a great thing; however, it really demonstrates how sparsely populated it is up here and how no-one outside the area then (nor even now) really knows that much about FNQ.

And I am (selfishly) happy to keep it that way.

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