Bowling, TIP drama, Kompira, and other events


Hugh Paxton’s Blog sometimes misses Tokyo. Not enough to make me want to go back. Ten years living there was enough.

I now miss it with affection from a grateful distance.

If you are in Tokyo the following may be of interest. In fact, if you are in Tokyo, you should jump at these opportunities! Better than just goofing around in Roppongi or Shinjuku.

Richard and I go back many years. He’s what Americans might call “good folks”. Bowling, amiable company, poetry, nature rambles, English pubs, theatre performances and he naturally attracts a crowd of good company. I would strongly suggest the bowling. I was the best!



Bowling, TIP drama, Kompira, and other events


The weather was pretty bad for the Friends of the Earth hike to Mitsukama-no- taki, so we ended up just taking a short walk from Kori Station to Hatanosu Station, stopping at really cozy coffee shop along the way. We missed both the waterfalls and the onsen, but the snow falling in the Hatanosu Gorge was really beautiful!

I’m sending out the bowling notice a bit earlier than usual, so please note that the next bowling is not tomorrow (February 14–Valentine’s Day!), but next Saturday (February 21). Also, Ann sent me information about the play that will be presented by TIP on February 19, 20, 21, and 22. Check out the details for this and other events below!

All the best,

PLAY ON FEBRUARY 19, 20, 21, AND 22 (forwarded from Ann): Tokyo International Players (TIP) presents “A Flea in Her Ear,” a farce by Georges Feydeau, directed by Michelle Yamazaki. It is Paris in 1961. Respectable housewife, Raymonde, suspects her husband, Victor Emmanuel, of infidelity and turns to her best friend, Lucienne, to help her gain proof. They concoct a plan– based on a perfumed letter–to trap him in the notorious Hotel Coq d’Or in Montretout. In true Feydeau fashion, the plan backfires; the plot is complicated by confused identities, revolving beds, a great many doors, and the fact that the stupid (but lovable) hotel porter is the exact double of Victor Emmanuel! The impressive cast features Sal Randazzo as Victor Emmanuel and Lizzie Howard as Raymonde alongside TIP veterans Jon Sabay, Laura Moran, Jack Freeman, Wendell T. Harrison, Ann Jenkins, Brian Berdanier, and many others. At Ebisu Echo Theater (Ebisu Station on JR and Hibiya lines), Thursday, February 19th and Friday, February 20th at 7pm; Saturday, February 21st at 1pm and 7pm; and Sunday, February 22nd at 3pm. Tickets are 4,000 yen with advance reservation,
4,500 yen at the door. Visit for more information and to reserve tickets. Founded in 1896, TIP is the largest, oldest English-language theatre company in Japan and provides a full season of quality entertainment for international audiences.

BOWLING ON FEBRUARY 21: The next bowling will be held on Saturday, February 21 at Star Lanes from 8:00 p.m. as usual.

KOMPIRA PICNIC ON MARCH 1: The next Kompira picnic will be held on Sunday, March 1, starting around 12:00 noon. It’s potluck, so bring food and drinks both for yourself and to share.

OPEN-MIKE AT WHAT THE DICKENS ON MARCH 1: An open-mike (open-stage) event is held on the first Sunday of every month at the British pub, What the Dickens, in Ebisu from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Anyone can get up on stage to read a poem, tell a story, sing a song, play music, dance, act, do performance art, a comedy routine, a magic show–whatever! Or you can come just to listen! For more info check out the What the Dickens website, which includes a map, at:

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