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Top 5 Things to do in Japan: stuff only the locals know about

The holidays are almost here. Have no doubt – I’m more excited about the winter vacation than my students. Oh yes. Remember when we were kids and our elders used to say things like ‘One Day You’ll Understand’? 385 more words

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A Buddha, a bombardier and a beautiful yogi.

Greetings all!

Must be December – the sky is a beady blue, my hat with the outrageously large bobble is now making regular appearances and all the supermarkets have started blasting out high-pitched J-Pop versions of festive classics (a rendition of “Winter Wonderland” by someone who could well have done the v/o for Pikachu has been a particular highlight). 1,324 more words

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Yokohama-bashi from "Pale Flower"

Here are some stills from the wonderful yakuza-noir film, “Pale Flower” 乾いた花 Kawaita hana / “Withered Flower” (1964):

Here are annotated versions; the vertical sign is labelled 「横浜橋通商店街」 means “Yokohama Bridge Commercial District”. 177 more words

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Post office language partners

Communication. One of the key elements that make us unique among the other creatures of the earth. The ability to express the nature of our souls to others, to describe our hazy histories, to collaborate together and ease those wisps of ideas from our heads out into reality. 1,273 more words

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