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Day 13–Hiraizumi, the Peaceful Spring

There was an article in the Sydney Morning Herald the other day about flood prevention methods in Japan. The government has built levees and floodgates and overflow channels and whatnot everywhere, designed to withstand a hundred-year storm, and possibly spending … Continue reading

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Day 12–Geibikei, the Gorge of the Lion’s Nose

Today’s October 22nd, the day of the Jidai Festival in Kyoto, one of Kyoto’s three biggest festivals, which commemorates the city being appointed the capital of Japan by Emperor Kanmu in the year 794, except the festival itself was only … Continue reading

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Day 11–Toda, the Door to the Paddy

Some fun new news coming out of the Japan Meteorological Agency. Meet storm number 20. Little guy, goes by the name of Neoguri. He never got above category 2, and even now he’s pottering out, but he’s still bringing down … Continue reading

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Day 10–Omiya, the Big Shrine

Japan has an area less than half that of New South Wales, yet it’s divided into forty-seven prefectures, each of which is roughly equivalent in legislative power to the states of Australia, so far as I understand it. If you … Continue reading

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Day 9–Kawagoe, the River Crossing

Be warned, this one’s a biggun. Just as Japan likes to borrow words from English, English likes to borrow words from Japanese. Well, English likes to borrow words from every language, but you get what I mean. Aside from obvious … Continue reading

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