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“You in Tokyo” – THE NEW YORKER, 1946

The November 23, 1946 issue of The New Yorker ran an article by Helen Mears in their “Our far-flung correspondents” section. Titled “You in Tokyo“, the piece was named after a pamphlet given to new American arrivals that explained things like protocols, customs and recreational activities. Excerpt from You in Tokyo pamphlet, published by SCAP GHQ for civilian employees of…

Tsukudajima Fishing Village Tokyo

A fishing village, then a Sky Tree mystery

Part I: the fishing village The existence of Tsukudajima 佃島 is no secret (map). The Japan Times has written about it (“Casting around in Tsukudajima“), bloggers write about it (佃島~島の名残り “Tsukudajima ~ island remnants”), and it is easy to access from central Tokyo (it’s a 6-minute ride from Shiodome Station via the Oedo-line, map). Tsukudajima, until modern times, was…