Category Archives: Travel – Japan

A Taste of Tokyo

If you’ve been paying attention, you will have noticed that although I had the best intentions of trying to squeeze some fresh juice from last year’s IUJ lime wedge, I was spectacularly unsuccessful. That is not to say that I … Continue reading

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En route to IUJ

Getting to my summer school, the International University of Japan, requires a lot of moving parts. First, I head to the airport in Portland, Maine. From there I hub through Chicago before climbing on the long flight to Narita Airport, … Continue reading

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An Ode to O’Hare

As (perhaps, hopefully –  I have heard there are problems) you can see from the picture above, I have swapped the scenery of urban metropolis for that of rural tranquility, the role of student for that of professor. As I … Continue reading

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A trip to the sake brewery

We are in the waning days of my time at IUJ. The temperature has dropped into the reasonable range, the trees are beginning to show bits of color, and the rice fields have morphed slowly from the verdant young green … Continue reading

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Bathroom Bafflement

I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last Westerner to remark on Japanese restrooms. Like my experience of most of Japan (well, most of the Japan I have seen, which is certainly limited), there are elements both … Continue reading

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Acknowledging the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

I just happen to be in  Japan for the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs. Since I signed up with the State Department’s STEP  (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), I recently received an email from the embassy in … Continue reading

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A trip to Yuzawa

Well, things are going to get a little out of chronological sequence, but I hope you don’t mind. Yesterday two colleagues and I decided to go day-tripping to the nearby alpine village of Yuzawa, and we had a ball poking … Continue reading

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