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Breakfasts at the Peninsula Tokyo

Today I finally checked out of the Peninsula Tokyo after a last-minute extension. I was actually supposed to leave yesterday, after spending a very...

Weekend of art in Tokyo

On Saturday, there I was at the Peninsula Tokyo reading my favorite Financial Times (FT) Weekend supplement which had an advertisement for a course...

A staycation at the Peninsula Tokyo. And about the new Aman...

We took one of these around Tokyo last weekendStaying at the Peninsula Tokyo. And about the new Aman Hotel and Palace Hotel. For last weekend...

Extra lessons from Ricky Gervais

In Tokyo tonight, the discussion over dinner was about the BBC sitcom called Extras, which was created and starred in by Ricky Gervais, the...

The best siopao in Tokyo

Perhaps because we just finished Chinese New Year, but yesterday I went to the old and very traditional area of Kagurazaka, home to some...

Pepe Smith on the Beatles in Manila: Part 2

Part 2Aside from the fact that Pepe’s life is the stuff of movies, there are the pivotal events in music history in which he...

The many trips of Pepe Smith, Part 1

Pepe Smith came to visit one day, bringing with him a dozen tales of travel and adventure.Let’s face it: You don’t get to be...

Japan in the winter

It's nice to be back in Tokyo again for a few days, even if cold weather and I have never really been good friends....

Crazy snow and spicy food in Tokyo

Hello from the land of sushi, where of course we're celebrating Chinese New Year with a Chinese dinner even if I'd much rather have...

Life, love and pain

Tonight in our neck of the woods, my neighbors and I had a community barbecue where everyone brought something to share and we all...

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