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August

8.1.10 – I woke up this morning dreaming that I was driving along the coastal road in Tanegashima.  The bright green of the rice fields were awash in sunlight.  Beyond, the ocean sparkled.  I was taking E to the airport, … Continue reading

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One Year

I left Japan and returned to America a year ago yesterday.  I knew the day was coming – it’s so rare that you actually know exactly what you were doing exactly a year ago – and I was waiting to … Continue reading

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Giving, Receiving, Sharing

We are taught from childhood that it is better to give than receive.  As a result, most of us spend the rest of our lives endeavoring to live up to this ideal.  We volunteer, we philanthropize, we try to make … Continue reading

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Taking Stock Part II

Five Things I Won’t Miss About Tanegashima 1. Bugs. I’m especially conscious of how much I won’t miss the bugs here now that the rainy season, and subsequently the termite invasion, has started. Many of you will remember from an … Continue reading

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Block Party

One weekend in May, five of the seven Kumage-gun Block ALTs got together for some BBQ, home-brew, drunk-dialing, corn and kissing. There also may or may not have been an incident involving some fireworks and a car. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Taking Stock Part I

It’s almost June. The sakura have bloomed and fallen, teachers and colleagues have transferred, the new school year has begun and the weather is gearing up for monsoon season. A lot of things have changed, but my life remains largely … Continue reading

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Japanese Weddings

In my almost two years here in Japan, I have been to three Japanese weddings. Which I’m pretty sure makes me an expert on how these things are run. First off, Japanese wedding receptions are not for mingling. They are … Continue reading

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