PauseTalk Vol. 51

Let me start by again thanking everyone who attended last week’s PauseTalk Vol. 51. It was a terrific night, and one of the most spirited discussions we’ve had in a while — I had to reign it in a few times, which is absolutely fine. For some reason, as the cafe manager told me, a lot of alcohol was consumed as well (more than usual), so whether one affected the other is an interesting question.

Below, a partial list of attendees (those who signed the attendance sheet). The next PauseTalk (Vol. 52) will be held on July 4, so there will be no need to check your American flag or fireworks at the door.

Salyu x Salyu

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been excited about any music coming out of Japan in quite a while, but as I mentioned in that quick post on the new episode of Codex, I am absolutely in love with the new album by Salyu (using the name “Salyu x Salyu”), s(o)un(d)beams, produced by Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada). It’s basically like getting a new Cornelius record, but an inspired one (something I did not feel with 2006’s Sensuous).

Here is a video for the first single from the album, but even better is to experience it using the Chrome Music Mixer (and here’s another video that sort of replicates the same effect). There’s also an iPhone app music visualizer based on the album.


It’s been quite a while since I’ve been out hiking, something that was rectified earlier today when we headed out to the Okutama area. We decided to head to Mitake mountain, and took a cable car up (pictured above), with the idea of walking down (we didn’t really have time to walk both ways).

It may be silly to say — and believe me, I did enjoying the walk — but one of my favorite things when we go out hiking is that we usually pick up a bento (lunch box) for the trek, and since we passed through Shinjuku station, we were able to get some really nice ekiben (bento that is aimed specifically at people travelling long distances by train, sold at stations that have lines that leave the city).

And what I always like to point out as well is that all of this happened within the bounderies of Tokyo-to, meaning you don’t even have to leave the city to go on these wonderful hikes.

To get there, from Shinjuku station you hop on the Chuo line (the orange line) and switch trains at Ome (you may need to switch at Tachikawa on the way, depending on your train), to then get off at Mitake station. Across the street from the train station is a bus station, with buses that take you up to the cable car station (270 yen for the bus, 570 yen for the cable car, one-way).

PauseTalk Next Week

PauseTalk Vol. 50 didn’t mark the end of anything, on the contrary, we kick off a new era — well, numerically speaking at least — with Vol. 51 this coming Monday (June 6) at Cafe Pause. As always, the cafe is reserved from 19:30, and the official session will kick off at 20:00. Come on down for some good talk and some good company! And just a reminder that the PauseTalk presence on Facebook has changed to this new page.