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This blog tells the story of my time in Japan, what I did, what I saw, what I thought and what I learned. It is a way of sharing my experiences with friends and family, and anyone who might take an interest.
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  • Netsuke 1 week ago I discovered netsuke on a visit to the British Museum many years ago. I was immediately charmed by the beauty, detail and whimsy of this miniature art form. Later, netsuke were introduced to a wider audience by author Edmund… More
  • オーロラ Aurora 2 months ago About 15 years ago, I went on a brief trip to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen (Svalbard) with my friend, David Willis. Recently, watching the TV series Fortitude, I was reminded of our visit to… More
  • 一番高い—a visit to the highest restaurant 3 months ago The Burj Khalifa is the highest building in the world. On the 122nd floor is at.mosphere restaurant, billed as the world’s highest restaurant. Yesterday, we went there for lunch. Lunch at 442 metres above ground… More
  • ご馳走さまでした—Thanks for the lovely meal 3 months ago In Japan, if you want to thank someone for cooking you dinner, or for treating you to a meal in a restaurant, you say: 御馳走さまでした go-chisou-sama deshita—that was a feast! On Sunday evening we stayed in… More
  • 耐震ポール—Earthquake-proofing poles 4 months ago Japan gets more earthquakes than any other country. And when an earthquake hits, many people are injured by heavy items such as furniture falling on them. Remember that lots of Japanese people sleep on the… More Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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