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Japan - 日本 Journal

Graves of the 47 Ronin

I visited Sengakuji after a late night and too many bottles of Shochu in Nishiogikubo.  I went drinking with a Japanese friend and it was a great experience although I do not remember much of it.  He was dressed in traditional Japanese clothing and the street he took me to was lined with small, seemingly Edo-era restaurants. […]

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Koma Shrine 高麗神社

Koma Shrine http://goo.gl/maps/qw0V1 I learned that this was a Korean shrine but nobody could explain the history behind it. Yes, ok, it is a Korean shrine but what is a Korean shrine doing in Japan?  Is there a large Korean community nearby? To find the answer I had to do a simple Google search and […]

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Japan - 日本 Sunrise / Sunset / Moon

Sunrise in Saitama

おはようございます! The beautiful, ancient rice field is now in harvest season.  I felt grateful to be able to catch this sunrise as the only sliver of clear sky is just on the horizon and the space between the hill and tree only amounts to about a month of visibility.  To think that my wife’s family […]

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A rice field haiku

The ancient rice field Saturated by gray clouds Of US warplanes above Just walked through this beautiful landscape and was struck by the contrast of its timeless serenity and the roaring of the ceaseless American warplanes flying overhead towards Yokosuka. It is a melancholy feeling indeed and brought forth an unsolicited haiku. Update 9.25.2015 I […]

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Hikawa Shrine 氷川神社

Hikawa Shrine 氷川神社 http://goo.gl/maps/W2tnW