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Takanabe & Kagoshima, Japan

In keeping with what has turned out to be somewhat of an island fetish, my trip down south to Kyushu, the southern most island of the main Japanese islands, I also visited Kagoshima, a small island even further south! The main purpose of the trip was to see another friend from college teaching English in […]

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Yea, English!
Kuwana, Japan

A community center in Kuwana that we teach English at felt it necessary to take us English teachers out to lunch. It was a great meal of Udon noodles or Soba noodles accompanied by the usual array of Japanese side dishes: Tempura, Tsukemono (crunchy pickles), Miso soup, Sashimi (raw fish), Sushi rolls (raw fish rolled […]

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Sadoriffic!
Sadogashima, Ch?bu, Ryotsu, Japan

The island of Sadogashima, just off the coast of Niigata City in the Sea of Japan proved to be an amazing discovery, one of Japans many treasures. Of greatest interest to me were the traditions that I only got a glimpse of through the trinkets at the souvenir shops. Some very interesting artwork and craftsmanship […]

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Nagoya Festival
Nagoya, Japan

Jumping right back into things when I got back to Japan, I got word of the big festival hapening in Nagoya, and was off like a shot. There were plenty of traditional Japanese displays, including various battle re-enactments, which were amazing. But along with that came the western influence of the marching brass band, uni-cycles, […]

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Isidori Drumming Festival
Kuwana, Japan

I made sure to postpone my departure from Japan, because everybody said this was a festival not to be missed. How right they were. Each of the townships in the city of Kuwana has a huge cart/carrage of some sort that carries a big drum like the one I’m beating on in the photo shown […]

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The Far North!
Rishiri-to, Japan

Hokkaido is the northern most of the main islands which comprise Japan. And Natalie and I went to the northern tip of Hokkaido. We were hoping for clear enough weather to see Russia for the first time, but the relatively close island of Sakhalin remained elusive. Getting there took us about 33 hours all up. […]

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Mt. Fuji Climb
Mt. Fuji, Japan

We arrived at the base of Mt. Fuji around 10am Monday morning and easily found the cabin. We then drove up the mountain to 5th station on the Subaru-line. This is a very popular take off point for Fuji-san climbers, it’s also a very popular tourist stop. There are stacks of shops with all kinds […]

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The Big City
Tokyo, Japan

Contributed By Natalie The Japan I was introduced to is one of vast contrasts. Our trip to Tokyo only helped to confirm these impressions. Within the space of 24 hrs I had seen empty Tokyo streets and crowded, bustling shopping arcades. The homeless sleeping in the subway stations and camped in the parks while nearby […]

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Hiroshima & Kyoto
Honshu, Japan

The first trip Natalie and I took after she arrived was on the train south to Hiroshima. It was a pretty wet and gloomy day… sort of appropreate as we toured the Peace Park and A-Dome, one of the few buildings still standing after the bomb. We then headed over to Miya-Jima (island) to see […]

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The Grand Shrine
Ise, Japan

It’s about time I had a little slap in the face regarding Japanese culture. Coming to Japan, I knew things would be different. The culture, the food, the lifestyle, and oh, how can I forget the language! But these were differences I expected, and for the most part have not been surprised as related issues […]

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