Japan Times: A special day out in Tokyo – Kompira Community Events


If you live in Tokyo or are visiting Hugh Paxton’s Blog has absolutely no hesitation in recommending the following events. Bowling’s always fun, a nice crowd, What the Dickens the same, but this Mount Takao beer garden Friends of the Earth hike is a must. Mount Takao “Demon mountain” has temples, tunnels, wonderful trees; old ones, huge ones. The beer garden offers unrivalled views of the city. Over to Richard.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH HIKE ON OCTOBER 11: Fujio will be leading at hike for Friends of the Earth on October 11 to the Takao Beer Garden.
The group will meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of the ticket gate at the North exit of JR Takao Station. Starting from Takao Station, the route goes up to Mt. Takao through Ja-taki and the hanging bridge of Trail Number 4, arriving at the beer garden in the early afternoon.
This week the German Beer and Food Festival will be held. All you can eat and drink: 3,300 yen for women and 3,500 yen for men. After enjoying the beer garden, it takes about 40 minutes to walk down the paved road to Takao-san-guchi Station on the Keio Line. The hike is rated moderately easy and the total walking time is about 4.0 hours.
If the hike is canceled due to rain, a cancellation notice will be posted by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the hike at . More information is available at the FOE websites: (in
English) / (in Japanese).

BOWLING ON OCTOBER 17: The next bowling will be held on Saturday, October 17 at Star Lanes from 8:00 p.m. as usual.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH HIKE ON OCTOBER 25: Richard will be leading a hike for Friends of the Earth on October 25 to Momokura-yama in Yamanashi Prefecture. We will meet at 8:05 a.m. at JR Shinjuku Station at the north end of Platform 11 (front of the train) and take the Chuo Line JR Holiday Kaisoku departing at 8:14. The train arrives at JR Takao Station at 8:59 and departs at 9:05, arriving at Saruhashi Station at 9:45. (You can also meet us at either Takao Station at
8:59 or Saruhashi Station at 9:45.) Starting from Saruhashi Station, we walk through pine and mixed forests to the top of Momokura-yama, where there are fine views of the mountains of Yamanashi to the north and Tanzawa to the south. Hopefully the autumn leaves will be in full color! We follow a ridge trail back to Saruhashi Station (the FOE website says Torisawa Station, but this is wrong!), stopping off at the “Monkey Bridge” (“Saruhashi”) before taking the Chuo Line back to Hachioji for a stop at the Galway Irish pub. The hike is rated moderately hard and the walking time is about 5.5 hours. A donation of 1,000 yen to Friends of the Earth is requested. If the hike is canceled due to rain, a cancellation notice will be posted by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the hike at .
More information is available at the FOE websites:
(in English) / (in Japanese).

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

(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:

TOKYO POETRY JOURNAL LAUNCH EVENT ON NOVEMBER 13: The first issue of the Tokyo Poetry Journal will be published soon, featuring poems from our very own Allyn Takahashi. To launch the new journal, a poetry reading featuring the work of poets who contributed to the journal will be held on November 13 at Tokyo Salon (located in the basement of Las Chicas in Omotesando). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7:30 p.m. The charge is 3,000 yen, which includes a copy of the journal and a drink ticket. In addition to the poetry, there will be comedy and live music.

YEAR-END CONCERT ON DECEMBER 27: I got an e-mail from Shuko, saying that she has already booked the cafe Oasis One on December 27 for what has become an annual year-end concert. More details to follow as they become available!

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