Saturday September 3, 8:30 a.m.
Listened to the 2nd of my 4 CD purchases of City Pop last night. This time, it was Junko Ohashi's "Full House" originally released in 1979. Cozy, who owns his own copy, told me it was a bit jazzier than her other albums of that time. I think he meant "jazzy" in the broadest sense of the word, though. If I were to be more specific, I would treat the album as VERY funky. And in the liner notes, the singer herself had requested her writers to make it more like Chaka Khan. And there is a lot there that reminds me of ol' Chaka. Again, Junko belts it out of the park...in fact, so much so that I had to lower the volume even further on my Discman. The album is separated into a "Funky" and "Mellow" sides, but honestly speaking, there really isn't much of a difference. The horn section dominates on both A and B sides, with a couple of ballads thrown in.
Well, it looks like Typhoon Talas will probably bypass Tokyo and Chiba entirely, although the winds did whip up a bit last night. But when I came to the I-Cafe this morning, it was warm, sunny and humid. Not exactly weather to hunker down in. I'm here for the next several hours and then it's off to see The Bohemian for shabu-shabu tonight in the Hatchobori neighbourhood on the Hibiya Line. He will be the 2nd of two people I will inform about my permanent departure, the first being the bossman. Not sure how either will take the news. However, I am somewhat relieved that MB did take the news pretty calmly.
PM Noda has picked out his Cabinet. Nothing special to report except the attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace and the customary showing-off of the Prime Minister and his crew on the grand steps are becoming a disturbingly annual custom.