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Hiking / Mountain Biking Japan - 日本 Journal

Mount Fuji – Climbing from the bottom (Sengen Shrine)

  My friends and I successfully climbed Mt. Fuji from the bottom (Sengen Shrine) on July 26th, 2017.  It was mentioned that we start from the bottom over a few bottles of wine and initially I was against it.  However, what won me over was when my friend Brandon told me that this was the […]

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Journal Entry – 8.16.2017

It is 12:58 PM on August 16th, 2017.  We’ve been back from Japan for over a week now and the terrible jet-lag has finally subsided.  I am not yet back into full routine yet however as I’ve had a lot of work to catch up on and the jet-lag made me very tired when I […]

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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 […]