Hugh Paxton’s Blog suggests that anybody looking to rent a house in Tokyo cast their eyes over this. The House on the Hill, as it has come to be called, is actually marvelous. It is indeed on a hill. So if you are in a wheelchair forget it. But if you want a view over the quite frankly tedious flatland that constitutes most of Tokyo this is ideal. At night Tokyo’s lights come on and the city actually looks magical. But the true magic here lies on the hill, Mt Kompira, and the mountain ranges that rise behind. The rent is extremely reasonable – 80,000 yen plus utilities – the nearest JR station 15 minutes walk. It’s at the start of the Chuo line to Shinjuku so you’ll always get a seat while all those sarariman wretches who have to be pushed in like sardines at Asagaya or Hachioji must stand, struggle and suffer. You’ll have birds, wild boar, raccoon dogs, all manner of wildlife as neighbours, a trail into the forests at your back door…it’s living in Tokyo but not. The ad is in Japanese. But I have an English version somewhere if you are interested. And there is a thriving cosmopolitan community.
From: Richard Evanoff [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2016 6:53 AM
To: Richard Evanoff
Subject: Kompira Community Events
Just a reminder that the next bowling will be this coming Saturday, May 21. Details below, along with information about other upcoming events.
I visited Midori Paxton this past Saturday and saw the house on the hill, which is still available for rent. Indeed, it’s a really lovely house! I’ve included more information below, along with an attachment that gives more details. I only met Midori and her mother, but I heard that Hugh and Anabel are also doing well!
We had a great hike yesterday to Otake-san in Okutama. The weather’s been fantastic lately!
TIP DRAMA MAY 19–22: Tokyo International Players (TIP) will present "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at the Sun-Mall Theater in Shinjuku, with performances on May 19 (7:00 pm), May 20 (7:00 pm), May 21 (1:00 pm and 7:00 pm), and May 22 (12:00 noon and 6:00 pm). The production is directed by Hannah Grace and will be performed in English with Japanese subtitles. Early Bird Special for Adults (only online until April 30) ¥3,800. Adults ¥4,500. Students ¥2,500. Reservations at 090-6009-4171 and more info at <http://www.tokyoplayers.org>.
BOWLING ON MAY 21: The next bowling will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Star Lanes from 8:00 pm. as usual.
INO-HEAD LIVE ON MAY 21: Ino-Head (井の-Head), a band featuring Kompira’s very own Rob Moreau on mandolin, will be giving a show at Frida on May 21 (address: 3-3-6 Nishi-ogikubo, Suginami-ku). For more information check out the 井の-Head Facebook page at <http://www.facebook.com/pages/井のHead/480649818667530>.
TOKYO POETRY JOURNAL LAUNCH PARTY ON MAY 27: The Tokyo Poetry Journal is coming out with its second issue and will have a launch party on Friday, May 27 at the Tokyo Salon / Las Chicas B1F in Omotesando from 7:00 pm (doors open earlier). Contributors to the journal will read their poems on stage, interspersed with musical and other performances. The entry fee is 3,000 yen, which includes a drink and a copy of Volume 2 of the Tokyo Poetry Journal. For more info, check out the Tokyo Poetry Journal website at <http://topojo2015.wix.com/topojowebsite>.
KOMPIRA PICNIC ON JUNE 5: The next Kompira picnic will be held on Sunday, June 5, starting at 12:00 noon. It’s potluck, so bring food and drinks both for yourself and to share. Please note that a religious ceremony is conducted at the shrine on the 10th of each month, starting at 11:00 am.
OPEN-MIKE AT WHAT THE DICKENS ON JUNE 5: 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 pm. 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: <http://www.whatthedickens.jp/>.
HOUSE ON THE HILL: The house on the hill is still available to rent. Here is some further information from an e-mail Midori sent me: "It is a beautiful house with 3 bedrooms and a real wood floor/wall/ceiling living room with large windows overlooking forests. She [Midori’s mother] is willing to rent the place for 90,000 yen per month, plus utilities and a one-month deposit." A flyer (in Japanese) with more details is attached to this e-mail. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Midori Paxton directly at <midori.paxton>.