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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Where do you feel most comfortable?


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Robert Duncan
Finance, 25

Matsue city in Shimane. I lived there for a year and fell in love with the place. It has a small population and long winters. I go back for cherry blossom viewing and the Dogyoretsu festival in November.

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Grant Fathie
Broker, 30

Hamamatsu City; because it's very scenic, by the water and has lots of culture. They've also got a nice nightclub out there. Even 60 and 70-year-olds dance to trance, or try to.

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Keiko Otsuka
Mother, 39

I like to spend time with my family at Ebisu Garden place. It's safe, I can have coffee and the kids can play. I can relax and shop.

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Glen Fraser
Venture Capitalist, 41

Fujiya Hotel in Hakone. I like the history behind it. Charlie Chaplin and the Emperor have stayed there. It's a mix between what Japanese thought Western accommodation was like and what Westerners thought Japanese accommodation was like.

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Ryoko Akiyama
Human Resources, 47

Tokyo, especially Yoyogi Uehara, where I live, because there are lots of nice restaurants. It's quiet and convenient. I like a new Japanese restaurant named Au, but we've only been there a couple of times.

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Natalya MacGiver
English Teacher, 23

Ikebukero. I work in Harajuku and I miss the dirt and grime of my mother country. I like the dirt and grime and cheapness there. And the lack of pretension.



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