Category Archives: Reflection

How was Japan?

How was Japan? That is the question. Each time I meet an old friend for the first time again. How was Japan? It’s a loaded question, fraught with twenty-seven months of life experience whittled down to a three word question. … Continue reading

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That Won’t Work… Because

That won’t work because That’s what people say. It won’t work here because ___________. Before I left Japan, I had to get everything turned off. It was an unpleasant experience to say the least, mostly because there appeared to be … Continue reading

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Reverse Culture Shock: The Epic Journey

Taking the bus out of Hita for the last time filled me with a mixture of emotions that I didn’t expect. Well, I expected them but I couldn’t handle them. We loaded our bags under the bus and jumped on. … Continue reading

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Travel is…

I’m a very fortunate person. I’ve traveled and lived in Japan for two years. I’ve done the tourist thing in New Zealand while visiting friends. I’ve visited over half the states in the U.S. Now my great travels are over … Continue reading

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Reverse Culture Shock or What is Real?

I mentioned before that I’d pretty much ran out of things to say about Japan. It’s true. It isn’t. It’s true. It’s difficult. I’ve exhausted nearly every topic I wanted to address. But what I discovered in my recent writings … Continue reading

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Yakushima Travel Log: Day 1

A ways back I had a conversation with some people about where to visit in Japan over coffee and chocolate. There were the usual suspects: Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo. None of them places I wanted to go. I’m sure there is … Continue reading

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The Alcoholic Lie

Let’s talk about addiction. It’s been on my mind for a while, floating like a misguided salesman hell bent on selling me a product I don’t need. Don’t get me wrong, it could be a great product for somebody else; … Continue reading

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For Those that are Curious

Hello all! As you know, I recently stated that I have no more to say about Japan.  That is true in some aspects and not so much in others.  Japan is a wonderful place with so much to experience and … Continue reading

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A Marshmallow Marathon

It was a long time coming. I failed once but it wasn’t going to happen again.  The fated day finally arrived. Thankfully, it was a sunny 20 Celsius spring day. Perfect for a 5k marathon along the river. Running is … Continue reading

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Find your passion

Looking out the window at all the concrete here I’ve begun thinking about the next step in my life. Passion came to mind. What is my passion? By nature, by definition, I should know. Right? All the books. All the … Continue reading

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