Exits and entrances: A table of contents

The numbers are the word count for the piece, to help you gauge how much time they’ll absorb; click on them for access. I’ve split the sixty-odd pieces I thought worth salvaging into seven “chapters”, one apiece for the seven ages of us players.

Mewling and puking
Down the benjo: Postcards from Oizumi    1,765
Down the benjo: In the neighborhood    1,150
Down the benjo: Inspire the next    6,293
Requiem for a railway    15,391
Country house    2,108 

Shining morning face
Both sides now    5,866
Cherries, whisky, and the Wall Street of the North    5,891
Lake Toya: The billion-dollar tower of Bubble    5,428
Muroran: The town that Time forgot    3,788
Shiraoi: Where the first arrows of the last war fell    5,211
Lake Shikotsu: Vitriol for the Viking    3,722
Yubari: From the culture of coal to the cult of caramel    7,660
Kushiro: Everyone knows this is nowhere    2,046
Nemuro: The frog chorus sings, “Give ’em back! (please)”    8,322
Monbetsu: “We don’t want your sort around here”    4,499
Sarufutsu: We built this village on bivalve shells    1,597
Teshio, Mashike, and the Rumoi subprefecture: Of palisades and Christ signs    8,847
A Hokkaido postscript: Endless recession    732

Sighing like a furnace
Kinugawa Onsen: You and me and the devil make three    11,382
In praise of…The ghost highway    1,409
In praise of…The airplane to heaven    755
Cape Sata: The southernmost ruins    4,818
Ikeshima: Goodbye to old King Coal    2,198
Omuta: The shopping arcades of a thousand bankruptcies    7,874
Phoenix Seagaia: Look on my works, ye Mighty    2,450
Amakusa: Islands of dread    6,681
Huis ten Bosch: Only Miffy can save us now (part one)    4,194
Huis ten Bosch: Only Miffy can save us now (part two)    3,828
Huis ten Bosch: Only Miffy can save us now (part three)    2,580
A Kyushu postscript: Singing alone    2,754

Seeking the bubble reputation
After the earthquake: A long, hot summer   2,049
After the earthquake: So farewell then, Plutonium kun    1,131
After the earthquake: In the nuclear village    3,862
Holiday in Fukushima: To the zone of exclusion    3,523
Holiday in Fukushima: A tree of ages    827
Holiday in Fukushima: Drift, baby, drift    4,572

In fair round belly
Shimo Nita: When you’re old… (part one)    3,381
Shimo Nita: When you’re old… (part two)    3,544
Japan: How bad is the fiscal mess?    6,413
On the longevity of loaches    2,242
In praise of…The worst hotel of the world    1,936
Kiyosato: High plains drifter (part one)    1,969
Kiyosato: High plains drifter (part two)    1,833
Iida: Roots music    3,558
Iida: A twitch at the curtains    3,541
Season’s greetings    1,280 

Turning again toward childish treble
Spiked: Eamonn Fingleton    7,001
The Hashist    4,177
Tokyo through the letterbox    5,071
The end of the line?    1,643
Kashiwazaki Turkish Culture Village and the psychology of nuclear power (part one)  2,659
Kashiwazaki Turkish Culture Village and the psychology of nuclear power (part two)   3,522
Kashiwazaki Turkish Culture Village and the psychology of nuclear power (part three) 2,608

Mere oblivion
In praise of…The Oma-Hakodate ferry    1,266
In praise of…Optimists    5,207
In praise of…The Brown Bear    2,432
Book review: Fresh Currents    2,215
Book review: The Carbon Crunch    1,210
Pastor Niemöller visits the Internet    347
The diffident sandwiches of Uta Schreck    1,347
Spike: No man but a blockhead    10,163

12 responses to “Exits and entrances: A table of contents

  1. You ever think about publishing any of this? I’d buy a hardcopy!

  2. Does this mean that everything else not included in the list won’t be accessible anymore?

    And thanks for hours and hours and fantastic writing.

  3. also throwing this comment here, just in case you’re not monitoring the old chapters…
    This is what I was looking for! Mmmm, no comments. Perhaps others have been denied reading because it has been hidden behind the ‘Spike Hokkaido’ banner…until recently.
    I like it (esp the driving north-shades of Basho) because it reminds me of my early days in Japan and the thrill of reading Dance Dance Dance, wanting to re-connect to Hokkaido after Hitsuji no meguro boken (sp?).
    P, I also have a request (an easy one this time). Where is the article/post/travelog where you are driving southbound down the deserted Chugoku Expressway (or Sanin)?
    Which leaves me to ponder…you have good thoughts when you are driving..and that makes good book reading, ehem. ”The road less travelled?”
    Best,
    kr

  4. I’m talking about ”Both sides now”

  5. You need to add a section “Pieces I didn’t think worth salvaging” for completeness’ sake.

    Truth is, Pachiguy-san, you have the makings of a very good book here. It might not fit into any particular category, but if I were your guru, I’d tell you to fly it by representatives of the more imaginative publishers.

    And your photographs! Taschen might very well think it’s a good idea to put out a fat volume of them. “Urban Decay in Japan Today” might be a good working title, if you overlook the rhyme. Lest you think I’m pulling your leg, I point to my bookshelves where similar volumes sit of enthusiasts’ photographs: a book on Soviet modernist architecture; another on the Hindu (and Jain, and a few Buddhist) temples of India; yet another on the buildings actually designed by Palladio.

    I really hope you will reconsider the death warrant you’ve issued for Spike Japan. If it’s become a chore (as it sounds like it has), then content yourself with much shorter pieces until you get your wind back. I’ve been hoping for a Spike Japan commentary on the after effects of the Great Tohoku Tsunami and the associated sluggish reconstruction effort; only you could do full justice to the subject, unfettered as you are by issues of face and respect for the Japanese nomenklatura.

  6. Fantastic – my only problem with the blog has been navigating it, this is perfect.

    But I would echo and agree with RFW’s comments above.

  7. Sorry to see you go! I miss the friends I made during my visits to Japan. Your blog was a welcome remembrance. Best wishes for happiness in your future endeavors.

    St. Laurence

  8. Ditto the above. One hopes this is not the end, even if the Japan theme seems played-out for now. And a book would be excellent. If no publishers were enlightened enough to touch such a volume, self-publishing via iBooks or Kindle (and the associated print-on-demand services) would be a snap, also.

  9. Please Pachiguy, don’t go. Please.

  10. Is this blog gonna stay on for a while, or should we start saving our favourite posts before it goes down?

  11. thanks for all your thought provocating blogs. I`m sad that you won`t be continuing in your Japan writings, but as a long time resident in Japan, I understand your desire to distance yourself from this world.

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