Author Archives: Joel

Day 4–Chichibu, the Ordered Father

Japan has many convenience stores – that’s part of what makes them so convenient. I discovered recently they they’ve actually got more dentists than convenience stores – in fact, almost twice as many, with 103,000 practicing dentists, but only 56,000 … Continue reading

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Day 3–Ryusei Matsuri, the Dragon Festival

I survived Hagibis. Now where’s my t-shirt? Actually, there’s not even a huge amount of visible damage around here, aside from the rivers running pretty high, and dirty. There’s a band in the Philippines named Hagibis, who’ve been around since … Continue reading

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Day 2–Hagibis, the Swiftness

Yeah, ok. That’s not a place name or a word in kanji. But it was important to today’s events. I find that when I’m planning holidays, planned activities where timing causes stress create a kind of tunnel vision for me. … Continue reading

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Volume IV: Day 1–Ikebukuro, the Marshlands

I’ve decided to go back to my naming scheme from Volume II, just because – i.e. the out-of-context translation of the kanji in a place name relevant to the post. Though, this one’s not quite out of context – the … Continue reading

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T-minus 3 Days–Foreshadowing

I’ve mentioned this before, but so far on my trips to Japan, I’ve been pretty lucky so far as weather goes. On our first trip back in 2010, we encountered a record-breaking heat wave, yes, but we only experienced two … Continue reading

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