Tokyo – Day 3: Edo and Sumo and CQ CQ CQ #HamRadio Saturday

I enjoy the subway PSA’s… this one needs a caption.

I caught a few minutes of the Holy Father’s visit to St. Patrick’s.  My good friend Fr. Murray is one of the commentators.  Alas, rainy Tokyo.  From my window you should see Mt. Fuji.

Off to electronic city to visit Rocket Radio, a ham radio shop in Akihabara.


It is great to see some great live and in person.

I bought a Morse “practice” key and a key with a the two little paddles (I’m drawing a blank at the moment… “iambic”?).

Off to the Edo and Tokyo Museum for some history.

The old wooden bridge.

What’s great about this is that I am reading a novel right now that has one of the characters walking across this very bridge in this very period!

Great models.

Then, next door for some Sumo matches.

Today…. Kabukiza!

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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    I enjoy hearing Fr. Murray as well. Great man.
    Gee, those sumo wrestlers are big dudes. That must have been pretty interesting!
    You’re like Waldo, one never knows where you might be next.

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Wonderful models!

    What are you reading? I’ve dabbled a bit in Lafcadio Hearn and enjoyed some modern historical detective stories featuring ?oka Tadasuke (not, I think, available in English translation), but I still largely clueless in Japanese literature.

    Would you consider sketching us a list of suggestions, after your travels?

    Morse: fun to see its (specialized) imagined revival in Andy Weir’s The Martian.

  3. LarryW2LJ says:

    Yes, Fr. Iambic. Should work well with your radio’s built in keyer.

  4. Phil_NL says:


    Our superhero team will beat you up if you dodge the fare!

    (especially the one on rollerskates…)

  5. ghp95134 says:

    Re caption — those are school (middle through university) cheerleaders called “Oen”. The one in the middle is wearing ‘geta’ wooden sandals. They are probably cheering for some sort of passenger cooperation.

    With that said, I like Phil_NL’s caption (^__^)


  6. PhilipNeri says:

    Fr. Z., please share the title of that novel! I’m always in the market for a good “period-piece” Japanese novel. . .

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  7. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Oops! Cut-and-pasted the name of ‘Judge Ooka’ from Wikipedia without foreseeing macron problems. (I haven’t tried Shand (who’s story is not in the Internet Archive, though his Japanese Self-Taught is!), Edmonds, or the Hooblers, listed there.)

    Any chance of meeting up with Fr. Peter Milward, Lewis’s old student and Shakespeare and Hopkins scholar (the 90th anniversary of whose birth is coming up soon, 12 October)?

  8. majuscule says:


    Those aren’t roller skates LOL!

    My dad brought several pairs back from his tour in occupied Japan after WW II all those many years ago. Now I’m wondering if they might be considered antiques…

  9. Rosary Rose says:

    Of course the caption is “But Unh-hunh Honey, lay off of my Japenses traditional shoes”! Glad Elvis and his back up are alive & well in the Tokyo subway.

    Wonderful pictures as always! Thank you Father for sharing.

  10. JDBenedictH says:

    “Edo” et “sumo”. Manducasne multo, pater?

  11. Phil_NL says:


    Maybe not, but then my entire caption idea works as well as a sumo wrestler in a Russian ballet! Unless the superhero-subway-conductor-squad can fly as well, but it doesn’t look that way.

    It’s for the best the picture isn’t too clear ;)

  12. Sword40 says:

    Thank you, Fr. Z for the Japanese update. Its been 51 years since I was there. Many of the pictures were very familiar. Japan was preparing for the summer Olympics. I was there for 4 days during April of ’64. Also took the train to Kamakura for a day trip.

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