Hot young Japanese dad from the early 1930s

The story about cooking expert Yoshiko Tatsumi was certainly not about this, but I couldn’t help noticing how hot her “pre-war construction industry executive” daddy was in the early 1930s. Why don’t today’s men look to that fine example of manhood?

Old houses in Nakano

I’ve been biking down narrow streets to visit Gold’s Gym in Higashi Nakano, and have been admiring some of the old houses. Most of the neighborhood’s architecture is banal, tight-packed and, for the most part, forgettable. It’s striking to see the very few pre-war houses that survived the fire-bombing of Tokyo. Most are in disrepair, but still evocative of what must have been.