• Scooting around Tokyo on the Terra Seed
    April 11th, 2013By Category: Travel
    Tokyo is a massive city, with millions of people all living and working in a relatively small space. The only realistic way for most of these millions to get around every day is public transport, essentially meaning the vast and very impressive train system. 

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    Discovering Mikawa House
    April 11th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Mikawa House sits on the banks of the Shinmachi River near the Prefectural Office in Tokushima, Shikoku. Built in 1928, it is the oldest European-style residence in the prefecture. Thankfully, the building survived the U.S. bombing of the city during the Asia Pacifi ... » Continue Reading
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    Sendai – Ishinomaki
    April 10th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    The second day in Sendai was spent exploring the coast, and visiting the small city of Ishinomaki, in Miyagi prefecture. Sadly, Ishinomaki is one of the cities that were most seriously hit by the tsunami on 3.11, and it was almost completely washed out with waves of 10 ... » Continue Reading
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    Let Rohan nourish thy hop-starved palates
    April 9th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    This is going to sound a little hackneyed starting off a review like this, but I’m going to say it anyway: Rohan is the best beer bar in Niigata prefecture. What an appropriate name: Rohan. Nothing goes together like beer and Lord of the Rings. Just the idea brings a ... » Continue Reading
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    Around Da Block 5
    April 9th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    A new day, new start. I decided that I will try to stop procrastinating and start to handle my business a bit more promptly from now on. First step, give the man from Around Da Block 3 his photo that I printed in the darkroom. He lives two floors below me, so I w ... » Continue Reading
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    Hana Matsuri
    April 8th, 2013By Category: Play
    On April 8th, Japan celebrates Buddha’s Birthday, Hana Matsuri (花祭り - The Flower Festival). According to Buddhist tradition, Prince Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni Buddha), the son of King Suddohana and Queen Maya, was born on 8 April 566 B.C. in the garden of Lumbini, ... » Continue Reading
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    Stunning Sakura: Ueno Park
    April 5th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    There are several parks in Tokyo where you can enjoy viewing sakura. This season, I was able to visit Ueno Park in Tokyo. I personally think that spring is the most beautiful time in Japan, also because these stunning flowers bloom and make the city livelier. Her ... » Continue Reading
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    April 3rd, 2013By Category: Play
    Akita-ken doesn’t hold the world record for very many things. Our humble prefecture, despite having the most fruitful rice and soybean production in Japan, doesn’t lay claim to many ~est’s on a world scale. However, in the tiny town of Takanosu, a frontrunner does app ... » Continue Reading
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    Around Da Block 4
    April 2nd, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    So its like 6-7am, I just got up and my stomach’s growling off the hook. I look outside and there is still a few inches of snow on the ground. I put on a couple of layers, grab my mountain boots and leave the house in search of food. I decided to leave the camera ... » Continue Reading
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    Egg-citingly Good Food
    April 1st, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Whenever we see the word Easter, aside from the fact that it's a celebrated holiday especially among Christians, we're reminded of bunnies and eggs. While the Japanese tend to be fond of imported holidays such as Valentine's Day or Christmas, there's not really much goi ... » Continue Reading
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    Sakura Tea
    March 28th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    These days the sakura have started to blossom in Japan. 
In the old days, the Japanese women use to gather sakura flowers (especially the sakura kanzan type) and preserve them in salt. From these flowers, kept fresh, a special tea was prepared, served at wedding cere ... » Continue Reading
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    Exploring Kamakura
    March 27th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Japan is an amazing place – if you would ask me, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. So much to see here, that you have to spend probably all year only by traveling around, maybe even more. I recently went with one of my friends to visit Kamakura – a ... » Continue Reading