Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Out and about in Matsue

Here we see the Delightful Miss E, on one of her jaunts to her Matsue country retreat, sitting on the couch at a charming little bar by the main river. The bar is called Bar EAD, and is somehow related to a shop from Tokyo. This I don't understand.

It is necessary when one comes to a new town in Japan to immediately find places to cavort and consume small amounts of alcohol. Drinking in Japan is mildly more expensive than in Australia, but Japanese people have a strangely innate sense of style and their bars are often delightfully decorated. Hiroshima, of course, contains the best examples of Japanese bar decoration that I have seen, but we cannot give up all our luxuries now that we have moved to the country, so for now at least we shall be paying occasional visits to EAD. If you look carefully you will see the distant lights of Matsue's nightlife district on the other side of the river; and to the right from the picture (out of view) is the river. This bar has a rooftop, which in summer is going to be a pleasant spot to while away a drunken evening ...


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