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8 Random Things About Me

June 26th, 2008 · 7 Comments · About me

Nick has provided us with 8 Fabbertastic facts about himself and has passed the baton on to me.  It’s the blog version of a chain letter (which I hate, by the way, and often temp the fates by breaking the chain) but I didn’t want to drop the ball even though there was not the […]

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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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Atypical: 366 Parking Tickets in 296 Days!

June 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Atypical: 366 Parking Tickets in 296 Days! · Atypical

How is that possible?  A 26 year old man from Osaka somehow managed to rack up five tickets every four days, between July 2007 and April 2008 according to my calculations!  He was arrested on April 22nd after being caught on video by a parking monitor. Police allege Osaka man committed 366 parking violations is […]

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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 Sight: A Cat in a Tree

May 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Atypical Sight: A Cat in a Tree · Atypical, My Photos

How often do you catch a cat napping in a tree?  It’s an atypical sight that caught me by surprise. This laid back cat was eying me as I snapped his picture but he didn’t move a muscle.  He was relaxing and catching some rays in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park on Monday afternoon. Photo Credit:  Personal […]

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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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