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Back in Beautiful Hawaii-ne

November 22nd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Daily Life, hawaii

We arrived back in Honolulu on Tuesday – it’s now Friday and we are finally starting to get things unpacked and the cupboards here restocked for our short winter break from Japan.  Here’s a shot from our balcony in Hawaii Kai (about 20 minutes east of Waikiki) The time difference from Tokyo is only 19 […]

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A typical Japanese Bow

June 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Daily Life, Typical

Picture a  little Japanese girl in a pretty flowered dress, not more that 3 years old, bowing to her sibling’s school bus as it departs for the day.  That is the sweet scene that my husband and I encountered as as we walked down our street one morning this week and I can’t get it […]

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Quote of the Week – Hirayama on Hiroshima

June 11th, 2008 · 14 Comments · Quote of the Week

Words of Ikuo Hirayama, 81 year old survivor of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima: “I believe that art can overcome hardships. I believe that flowers can blossom from anguish and inhumanity.” Referring to the peace flame, pictured above, that will remain lit until the world no longer has nuclear weapons, Hirayama said: "I saw the […]

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Typical Weekend? I got blessed by a puppet!

June 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments · My Photos, The sights, Typical

This weekend I took advantage of some of my own advice and went to Rikugi-en Park and took in the Edo Ningyo. Edo Ningyo is a traditional Japanese marionette puppet show and the puppeteer was amazing! The emotions and lifelike movements he elicited from his stringed muses only enhanced the stories that they silently shared […]

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Typical: Smoking Card in the Hands of a Minor

June 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments · Typical

Not a big surprise here….a minor got his hands on the new TASPO card that allows you to buy cigarettes from vending machines in Japan in exchange for a photo and some personal details.  The surprising part is who the minor got the TASPO card from -  he got it from his mother and she […]

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Atypical: Please Teach Me Common Sense

June 2nd, 2008 · 3 Comments · Atypical

Does anyone you know lack common sense? Do you think that they are aware of the fact? My guess is probably not. If you are true friend of one of these lost souls the best gift that you could give them would be a new class that is being developed in Japan. For somewhere between […]

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Atypical: FBI Coordinates Yakuza Transplants

May 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Atypical

On May 18th I directed my readers at The Tokyo Traveler to an article in the Washington Post titled This Mob is Big in Japan by Jake Adelstien. In the article Adelstien describes his days as a crime writer for the Yomiuri Shimbun and how, because of “a story that change his life”, he now […]

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Atypical Interview Questions

May 28th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Atypical

What would you think if you were asked the following questions during a job interview? I warn you they’re not your typical questions: “How many public mailboxes are there in Japan?” (Replace the reference to Japan with your home country or state.) “How many drops of water does Lake Biwa contain?” (Again, replace the body […]

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Just Another Sunday Afternoon in Makuhari

May 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments · The sights

The plaza just outside the Kaihin Makuhari train station in Chiba is always a hive of activity, especially on the weekends, and this Sunday afternoon was no exception. I usually try to avoid the areas on the weekends because of all the crowds that gather to go one of the many events held at Makuhari […]

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Yes, I am an expat wife but that doesn’t define me!

May 24th, 2008 · 10 Comments · About me

My name is Shane and I am an expat wife. I’m not making any excuses about it but I do tire of some of the questions and assumptions that go with the role. Let me answer a few…. No, I don’t work at a traditional job. I have traveled half way around the world to […]

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