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People did some funny things during the bubble economy. An insurance firm paid $80 million for an incredibly ugly painting by van Gogh; other companies paid equally stupid sums for New York’s Rockefeller Center and California’s Pebble Beach golf course; Louis Vuitton’s vastly overpriced handbags became de rigueur among young Japanese women with more money than taste; and Verdy Kawasaki paid a useless soccer player named Tsuyoshi Kitazawa 70 million yen a year.

At a time when Japanese people were willing to pay funny money to eat badFrench food, Jane Best-Cooke and her husband, Steve, opened an English restaurant called 1066 in Tokyo. It seemed to make sense to no one except a few strange Englishmen such as myself.

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