Friday, June 27, 2008


It's not easy to play tennis here in Tokyo. Private clubs are expensive and you need sponsors to join. The public courts are impossible to book; you have to enter a lottery to get a court time, and they're all assigned months in advance. So when I was invited to play at the British embassy, to join a group lesson there, I jumped at it, and then I was asked to join a Friday group that plays round robin-style doubles in Yoyogi park, starting in September (hooray!).

And now the boys are taking tennis lessons at Sacred Heart, an all-girls international school down the road from where we live. It's just a 3-week mini camp, but it's something, and they seem to be picking it up pretty well; at least the coach, who's from Sydney, says so...

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