Author Archives: Joel

The Slippery Slope

As I’d feared, I didn’t get back to the hotel tonight until 11pm. It’s too late to do anything besides go straight to bed, except that I at least need to stay up long enough for my first flat camera … Continue reading

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Day 8–Kanmangafuchi, the Abyss of Full Regret

Oh boy, three days ago. Uh, where were we? When last we left our hero… On the subject of English words in Japanese, I quite like their word for putting your phones on silent – it’s called “manner mode” (i.e. … Continue reading

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Day 7–Yumoto, the Source of Hot Water

Japan uses the abbreviation “ATM” for ATMs, same as English – pronounced “eh tii emu” – despite not using the full term “automatic teller machine” at all. They also use the English words “cash point” too. Near as I can … Continue reading

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Day 6–Nikko, the Sunlight

You know how sometimes you’re not really listening and you suddenly hear someone say your name? I’m certain that I heard my name said twice during speeches at the Ryusei Matsuri. And in the Japanese pronunciation, so it’s not like … Continue reading

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Day 5–Utsunomiya, the Shrine Outside the Capital

Yesterday’s post is now complete, and has images. And I also proof-read it a bit and made some changes to the half I’d already written, if you can face re-reading all that to see what’s different. And yeah, it turned … Continue reading

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