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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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Quote of the Week – Perception

April 13th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Philisophy, Quote of the Week

I’m currently reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61) by Eckhart Tolle and it’s a very good read. I’m finding the book interesting on many different levels and thought that I would share this quote with you: “Most people are only peripherally aware of the world that surrounds […]

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Japan In Pic’s

April 12th, 2008 · Comments Off on Japan In Pic’s · My Photos

As many of you know, I got my long sought after new camera for Christmas this year. It’s a Nikon D40X and I just love it! I can’t believe the quality of images that I’m getting from the camera and thought that I would share some of them with you. You can find a Flickr […]

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Hono-ozumo – Ceremonial Sumo Tournament

April 6th, 2008 · 5 Comments · The sights

The past Friday I went to the ceremonial sumo match at the Yaskuni shrine in Tokyo. Based on what I’ve read its the only time this year that you will be able to see a sumo tournament for free in Tokyo and I couldn’t miss an opportunity like that! So, I braved a rush hour […]

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Acting Like a Tourist

April 5th, 2008 · Comments Off on Acting Like a Tourist · The sights

As most of you know I have started posting most of my touristy activities over at The Tokyo Traveler. For those of you that haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here are some of the highlights of what I’ve been up to lately: Hanami viewing at Chidorigafuchi near the Imperial Palace. Here […]

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The Tokyo Traveler

March 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments · About me

Today I have a very special announcement to make that is the culmination of some work that has been going on behind the scenes for a couple of months now.  It is with great pride that I am announcing my debut as a paid blogger!  I have joined b5media and will be writing The Tokyo […]

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Hanami Viewing

March 26th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Daily Life

In Japan it’s spring break right now and the parks are full of kids playing and families having picnics under the Hanami (Cherry Blossom) trees that are just starting to bloom. Today I had to run some errands so I hopped on my bike for the ride to the Mihama Ward Office (city hall) to […]

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Sunset Over Tokyo Bay

March 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Daily Life, The sights

Japan is supposed to be the land of the rising sun but the other day this was the view of the sun setting from our apartment in Chiba. We are looking towards Tokyo and I believe that the body of water in the photo is the Tokyo Bay. We have had this same view almost […]

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Quote of the Week – Knowledge via Travel

March 10th, 2008 · Comments Off on Quote of the Week – Knowledge via Travel · Quote of the Week

This weeks quote is from The Commoner: A Novel by John Burnham Schwartz that is loosely based on the experiences of the current empress of Japan as the first commoner to marry into the Japanese royal family.  The book is a bit of a page turner and there are a lot of things mentioned in […]

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My First Maiko Sighting

March 4th, 2008 · 4 Comments · The sights

Today I took the trip into Tokyo for the first time since my arrival in Japan and I had my first Maiko or Geisha sighting! It took me almost an hour and three different trains to get to Asaksua where this and the other photos were taken.  I was a little bit nervous about taking […]

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