Category Archives: Travel – Japan

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 inĀ  Japan for the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs. Since I signed up with the State Department’s STEPĀ  (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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