The Raglan Road of Tokyo

On Gaien Higashi Dori

Life from the Raglan Road of Tokyo

Monday, October 20

Sub-Par Performance

Make what you will of what the ambiguous title is actually saying about my golfing skill, but yesterday I finally made it onto a golf course for the first time in my time in Japan, only to find stereotypes being smashed left, right and center. Here are the main two:

(1) Playing golf in Japan is expensive: Not at all. We paid 3,800 yen (30 euro) for the round;

(2) Women are really into golf in Japan: Didn't look like it to me. I saw about 4,000 oyaji and only 2 obasan...Unless the course was not trendy enough, and I suppose Kawasaki is not exactly haute-culture Japan.

It was really nice to get out into the sticks too, and to see some smiling faces instead of the stressed out ones you usually encounter in central Tokyo.

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Gaien Higashi Dori means Outer Gardens (of the Meiji Shrine) Ave. East. It is one of the beautiful big leafy avenues that winds through the center of Tokyo.

Raglan Road is a poem and song about love and loss by one of the finest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Patrick Kavanagh.