Monthly Archives: June 2015

Book Review: Tokyo Underworld

Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
By Robert Whiting

I read Tokyo Underworld by Robert Whiting in June 2015

Tokyo Underworld tells the strange and interesting story about Nick Zappetti, a native New Yorker who moved to Japan as part of the invasion forces after the Second World War. Working his way up the criminal ladder, in time he became known as ‘the Mafia boss of Tokyo’.

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Book Review: Hiroshima Nagasaki

Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath
By Paul Ham

I read Hiroshima Nagasaki by Paul Ham in June 2016

In August 1945, two nuclear bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, was dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Never before and never after has a nuclear bomb been used in a war.

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Crescendo Prog Festival

We visited Crescendo Prog Festival for the first time in August 2013.

The Crescendo Festival is held every year in the small town of St. Palais-Sur-Mer, just outside Royan, in Rocheford on France’s western coast. Royan is a small, seaside resort town in an urban area of about 37.000 people. The Crescendo festival has been held here every third weekend in August since 1999. Lately there has also been a Crescendo festival in French Guyana but due to financial difficulties, this festival has not been held every year.

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Shoryu Ramen Restaurant in London

I visited Shoryu Ramen in London in May, 2015

Shoryu Ramen is a Japanese ramen restaurant. It is run by Executive chef Kanji Furukawa and now has several restaurants open in London. It specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen, a local ramen speciality from Hakata in Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu in Japan. I visited Hakata in March 2014, and ate a lot of great ramen there.
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