Thursday, July 21, 2005


There was pandemonium at Toshitaka's World of Tea on Saturday, when two table legs were scuffed by "a gang of ne'er do wells". Toshitaka, proprietor of one of the most established tea stores in Kyushu, knew that something was amiss when two youths burst into his shop playing the smooth rock of Kenny Loggins.

"They had big hair and were carrying those keyboards that you play like a guitar, and both had ties that looked like a piano," the shaken owner told police.

Sergeant Miyo Chiori, of the Fukuoka Central Police Station, was quick to remind the public that 1987 has been banned since 2003, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. She also promised to do her best to catch the perpetrators and commiserated Toshitaka on his ordeal.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened. In January, three youths wearing jackets with their sleeves rolled to the elbow burst into Aww Chihuahua and subjected passersby to a synth-aided love ballad, avoiding capture when the police arrived the next day.

Shoppers are advised to stay alert and report any such behaviour to the proper authorities.


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