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awordfromjapan
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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  • Taipei old and new 6 days ago At 509 metres high, Taipei 101 is the tallest building in East Asia, and for a few years held the title of tallest in the world. In an otherwise low-rise city, it stands in splendid isolation as the city’s premier landmark. Its vertical rhythm differentiates it from other tall buildings, and is...
  • 台湾 Taiwan 1 week ago In just a few short days, Taipei has become one of my favourite places. It’s a wonderfully manageable city and very easy to get around. This is largely thanks to the MRT metro system, which has a dense network of underground lines in the city centre and extends all the way to the distant...
  • 通り抜け toorinuke—cherry blossom viewing at the Osaka mint 1 week ago The Osaka mint dates back to the 1870s, a time when Japan was opening up to outside influence after centuries of self-imposed isolation. There is an Irish connection – some of the buildings were designed by an Irishman called Thomas Waters, including this elegant reception hall, the Senpuukan,...
  • ラーメン ramen 1 week ago I don’t really mind long flights. The packing, the travel to and from the airport, the check-in, the security checks, those are exhausting. But once on the plane, the fact of sitting quietly in a seat for 11 hours doesn’t bother me. If anything, it offers a rare opportunity to slow down, to...
  • 到着 touchaku—we've arrived! 1 week ago We arrived back in Japan this morning. We flew from Dublin to Amsterdam yesterday morning with KLM and then on to Kansai airport (Osaka). As I was considered to be a returning resident, I was able to join a short “re-entry” line at immigration and was processed through quickly, which was...

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