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Friday, October 1, 2021

Akiko Kohara -- Glass no Chizu(ガラスの地図)


I believe that our school once had a Xmas party in that establishment. Tokyo contains a lot of stylish restaurants at the bottom of old apartment houses.

Earlier today, I wrote up an article regarding the duo paris match and I remembered that I had also provided an article on a duet between them and singer-songwriter Akiko Kohara(小原明子). "Kagami no Tsuki"(鏡の月)was quite the lovely match (no pun intended) for the two acts. Well, I've decided that I ought to write a little something on Kohara herself.

I found this track called "Glass no Chizu" (Map of Glass) which came on her September 2002 debut album, "Party Drive". Written by Kohara and composed by Ken Matsubara(松原憲)...and no, that wasn't his café that we attended that night...this laidback example of light soul sounds rather ideal on the stereo for a car driving on the Tokyo expressways, perhaps on the way to or from a pleasant gathering of friends in the megalopolis. It fits the mood that the title is hinting at and Kohara's vocals are appealingly cooing and whispery.

Did anyone say a night drive through Tokyo? Enjoy one...courtesy of YouTuber drive slow.


  1. That's the one of the cool things about the bigger cities in Japan is that you can find restaurants at the bottom of buildings and apartments and sometime on top of them. Then if the buildings have a basement(or underground) you might find a supermarket as well as a restaurant or more.

    1. My observation has been that zoning laws in Japan seem far more lax than in Canada or the USA, perhaps for the pragmatic reasons of space. I've seen some interesting combinations of shops along streets in the suburbs. How is it in your neck of the woods?

  2. In Aomori city the things are all over the place because of lack of Zoning laws and because of people trying to rip others off from land sales which usually back fires and causes development to happen else where in the city. But,then again long ago Aomori city wasn't a city(and wasn't the capital) but rather a collection of towns and villages.

    Now, if we are talking about Hirosaki city and around the castle area then rules are a little more stricter. The overall layout of Hirosaki city is much better organized and planed out than Aomori city.

    1. Would certainly like to visit Hirosaki someday if it's not too difficult to visit Japan in the foreseeable future. Sapporo also strikes me as a city that is also well organized along the lines of the grid-like network of New York City.


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