• The many colors of Tokyo Tower
    November 11th, 2009By Category: Travel
    No matter how many times those living in Tokyo check out the iconic Tokyo Tower, every time they looks up at night, there is something different to be seen. How does it do this? (more…) ... » Continue Reading
  • Kiyosu Castle
    November 11th, 2009By Category: Travel
    While the Sixties bring to mind images of hippies, Woodstock, students on the street, The Beatles on a rooftop and Jimi’s guitar on fire, the decade wasn’t all colour and light. In Japan, from the late Fifties through the Sixties, while campuses became battlegrounds, ... » Continue Reading
  • Komaki: Culture, Sex and Death.
    November 9th, 2009By Category: Travel
    Thirty minutes north of Nagoya, in the heart of the commuter belt, lies Komaki. This town was formed around the castle built by Oda Nobunaga in 1563. The castle was the 3rd to be built by Nobunaga, after Nagoya and Kiyosu. The idea was to make it a staging point from ... » Continue Reading
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    The Okinawan Rain Kami-sama
    November 5th, 2009By Category: Travel
    My good friend Mike, who’s lived on Okinawa for decades, has a theory! It goes that whenever the Okinawan’s plan a party, the weather will hold off for as long as the event is scheduled for. Now by party, I mean festivals. Okinawa could easily be described as the isla ... » Continue Reading
  • When disaster strikes
    October 26th, 2009By Category: Travel
    Japan has a long history of dealing with Mother Nature’s mood swings. From typhoons to earthquakes to tsunamis, its people have learned the importance of preparing for the worst. Foreigners who move here and wish to develop a similar sense of environmental awareness mig ... » Continue Reading
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    The Mediterranean of Japan: Discovering Japan’s Seto Inland Sea
    October 21st, 2009By Category: Travel
    Recently I took a trip to Shiraishi-jima, an island of “mists and trances” in the Seto Inland Sea. This little island is just one of the 250 islands of the Seto Inland Sea. A lot of foreigners overlook the islands in the Seto Inland Sea and opt for Okinawa or Shikoku ... » Continue Reading
  • The Paths of Glory: Yokohama Foreign Cemetery
    October 20th, 2009By Category: Travel
    During difficult times, it is always comforting to know that you are not alone, that others have stood where you stand, have gone through what you’re going through and come out the other side. Regardless of how adventurous we feel when first we board the plane that t ... » Continue Reading
  • A recipe for fun
    October 13th, 2009By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Travel
    Weave forty plus tons of rice straw into a rope and make it a little over two city blocks long. Because of its size and to keep it from blocking traffic, you’ll have to divide it into halves. Once everything is in place, go ahead and invite 250,000 or so of your close ... » Continue Reading
  • The Tomori Lion
    September 30th, 2009By Category: Travel
    It can be seen both inside and on the cover of several books about the battle of Okinawa. Some of them show only the solitary stone lion, perched on a knoll that is completely barren of vegetation. Other pictures show army artillery observers hunkered down beside it a ... » Continue Reading
  • The “Wild West” of Japan
    September 28th, 2009By Category: Travel
    With lots of wide, open spaces, farmland, and clear, cerulean blue skies, Hokkaido could certainly be called the “wild west” of Japan (ignore the fact that it’s in a far eastern country and is in the northernmost part of it). It’s even possible to see black and white ... » Continue Reading


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