Category Archives: Travel

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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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: Day 2

The sun crept over the horizon and struggled through the trees surrounding the hostel. My eyes creaked open and took in my surroundings. Childhood memories from my days at the Mosquito Lodge filled me with longing. In particular, the one … Continue reading

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Hita Gion Festival

Today I was going through some older pictures and I found this gem. We were pushing our bicycles through Mameda Town and got trapped between Yamaboko. And here is four minutes of raw energy from that moment. Enjoy!

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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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Wakuwaku Japanese Language School

If anyone is interested in learning Japanese or traveling to Japan, I highly recommend Hita as a place to see. It is full of wonderful sights and things to do, particularly the incredible festivals like Kankousai and Gion. I’ve really … Continue reading

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Sorry, that was me

It could happen in the lunchroom, at a café, walking down the street, in your home. You never know when it will strike. It begins innocently enough. Eyes meet, eyes dart secret whispers, dramatic laughter, fingers point. They are laughing … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Concrete

Photos taken at a shrine in Hita, Japan. You might also like: Bold edges blur civilization

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