Monthly Archives: May 2009

Sakura and Kabuki in Ginza

I hadn’t originally planned on visiting Ginza while vacationing in Japan. I had heard that it was an upscale shopping district, and I’m far from an upscale shopper. It was my inner geek that won me over, as Ginza is … Continue reading

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Lantern Floating

I first came to Hawaii in late May of 2007, just a week after finishing my college exams and starting summer break. It was a whirlwind vacation of shopping and swimming, doing things that I’ve rarely, if ever, done since … Continue reading

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Tradition (Reprise)

“What are you doing for Labor Day?” I asked my friend last week. “Oh, uh, I don’t know,” she replied, perplexed as to why I was making plans three months in advance. I’d meant Memorial Day, of course. I always … Continue reading

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Japan–Tokyo especially–is known for its mass transportation. The subways are prompt and efficient (if a bit crowded, especially during rush hours). The Shinkansen (bullet train) is a national icon, and has its own cheery cartoon mascot featured on anything from … Continue reading

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