Category Archives: Travel

Big in Japan

I spent Independence Day plotting to leave the country. So maybe it’s not so dramatic.  And it was less plotting and more signing documents.  I have no ill will against the United States, nor must I leave under cover of … Continue reading

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The Art of Dog Touristing

I have never been much of a conventional traveller. Sure, I’ve done the family vacations in Michigan and South Carolina, the school trips to Chicago and New York City; but even then, whenever I could, I’d break away from the … Continue reading

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The Ohio night falls around 9pm in the summertime, and with the darkness comes the fireflies, hoards of them, glowing like stars in the blackness.  So many stars.  In Hawaii there are no fireflies, no dots of light in the … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Leaving

You never see a place quite the way you do when just arriving and right before leaving. 17 days and counting.  I’ve been in Hawaii four years, give or take.  A few months in Japan.  A few months back in … Continue reading

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My friendly neighborhood druggists

My preferred pharmacy is slightly inconvenient.  From my old dorm it was just a couple minutes walking, but since I moved on campus it’s become slightly out of my way.  No more picking up scripts on the way to the … Continue reading

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Awaji Island Excursion

Awaji Island lies between and acts as a connection for the main island of Honshu and the island of Shikoku. The Akashi Kaikyo bridge spanning to Honshu is the largest suspension bridge in the world. Our excursion included the Nojima … Continue reading

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Minatogawa Shrine

In my Way of Tea class a few semesters back, as we reviewed the history of Japanese aesthetics, I learned the difference between Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines. I’ve since forgotten, which is perhaps a reflection of the grade I … Continue reading

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