Travel Notes & Photoblog: A Week in July

Yes, I know it’s November… I just never finished combing through all my pictures from this summer! Earlier this year, in mid-July, I had my first visitors since arriving in Japan 15 months… Continue reading

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Summer Special: Gujo All Night Dancing

We were a little interested, but none of us really felt like going for a 75+ minute drive to another town to walk around a festival and go home. It was already 10pm… Continue reading

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Convenience & Smoking in Japan

Back in the US, we are used to vending machines, but usually just for drinks, snacks, now sometimes ipods & electronic gadgets, etc. They are usually just in lobbies, cafeterias, or places like… Continue reading

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PHOTOBLOG: Ogaki Festival May 2013

This weekend was a pretty large festival in the town of Ogaki (Gifu Prefecture). Saturday’s events were cancelled due to heavy rains, but Sunday turned out warm & sunny. During the day, plenty… Continue reading

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PHOTOBLOG: “Naked Man” Festival

Images of the famous ‘Naked Man’ Festival in Hida-Furukawa, the town just north of Takayama. This festival took place about 10 days ago, and it was incredibly cold out for mid-April, and actually… Continue reading

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PHOTOBLOG: Easter Egg Hunt

This afternoon our school held an Easter egg hunt at a nearby park. Yes, I know Easter was a few weeks ago, but that time frame was a busy first few weeks of… Continue reading

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Slice of Life: Gifu Kitagawa Apartments

Today I biked around and came across this apartment community nearby. Take a look – Does it look like somewhere you might want to live? What words come to mind?:   Pretty nice,… Continue reading

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