[The American Years]

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Greetings from Japan, where the steam coming up from the sewer grates smells of Hai Karate. (Younger readers may have to Google that one.)


Here are the famously overpriced musk melons. I'm not sure if the $40 is for one or for a set.

The joke goes "The last time I paid $40 for a set of melons..." I'll let you finish that one yourself.

I would have bought one, but Kathleen says I'm musky enough as it is.

Wrapped in tissue paper? Is that necessary?


You Southern-Californians in this readership may not realize this, but Nagoya Japan is Los Angeles’s sister city. That information and 140 Yen will buy you a cup of coffee at Denny’s. (They really do have Denny’s over here. Can you make ‘Moon over My-Hammy’ with squid?) There is a monument here in Nagoya’s Central Park to the union of the cities. There is a lovely fountain which is more like a mountain stream running over rocks. Just like in Los Angeles(?) Hmmm. It reminds me of all the places outside of Los Angeles you can go to see lovely rivers. Actually a fake stream is a perfect tribute to Los Angeles…It’s completely artificial and contrived… yet still nice! And the City of Los Angeles donated the rocks as a sign of civic sisterhood. Rocks. Someone drove up into the San Gabriels, crated up rocks, and sent them on a plane to Japan to install in a fake river. Your tax dollars at work.

I don’t know what Nagoya donated to Los Angeles for their sister city tribute, but whatever it is, I bet it’s still in the crate in a warehouse in Norwalk.

The other part of the sister city tribute is a re-creation of a portion of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are stars set into the sidewalk, but only a select 25 or so famous movie stars. They are set in alphabetical order, which is a bit odd. Nothing in Los Angeles is that ordered. And how did they decide on which movie and music start to include on the mini-walk? Hard to cipher that one. Alphabetically, right between Robert Mitchum and Anthony Quinn sits the star belonging to Olivia Newton John. Don’t get me wrong, I love Olivia Newton John. I just saw a movie called “Sordid Lives” which had a small but lovely appearance by Olivia. But add that movie to Grease and Xanadu, and that pretty much rounds out her film career. Not exactly a movie icon worthy of sidewalk space next to Mitchum and Quinn. Maybe they just needed a ‘N’, and couldn’t think of anyone else. Don Notts? David Niven? Jack Nicholson? Willie Nelson? Heck even Judd Nelson had a bigger movie career.

"Even a sheet of paper has two sides"
- Japanese proverb


Skip said...

If they need a W, Vanna White just got her star. I'm sure the Japanese would love Vanna if they knew who she was.

blogon said...

Nick Nolte? Bridgette Nielsen? I mean, really. Although, truth be told, Xanadu was my favorite movie at for about a year. Roller skates and disco. You can't go wrong with that.

Since you have Denny's & squid, I'm wondering if a Squid Slam would be possible - free on your birthday, of course.

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