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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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  • crêpes 1 month ago I’ve often said, only half in jest, that when you go to a foreign country, your IQ immediately drops by 50 points. A task as simple as buying milk in the store has pitfalls for the unwary. And so it was on our recent visit to France, which featured several instances of idiocy, fortunately none...
  • lieu-dit 2 months ago We stayed in a really charming gîte (holiday rental) in Upper Brittany. These gîtes ruraux are usually in quite remote countryside locations; typically they are former farmhouses that have been renovated and converted for use as comfortable holiday homes. It’s not unusual for the gîte to be...
  • Menhir 1 month ago We’ve been in France for the past two weeks; last week in Upper Brittany and this week in the Val de Saire in Normandy. The countryside of north-western France is full of standing stones known as menhirs, dating back to the Neolithic period more than 4000 years ago. They carry no markings, nor...
  • 方違神社 Hochigai shrine 5 months ago This weekend, almost exactly a year after our return from Japan to Ireland, we’ll finally be moving into our new house. Our search for a permanent home in Dublin has not been an easy one, but that’s a story for another time. Once again, our home is piled high with boxes as we pack up all […]
  • 鳥居 torii—shrine gate 5 months ago There is a very special and important shrine called Fushimi Inari Taisha in the mountains near Kyoto. What makes it special is its thousands and thousands of torii shrine gates. The shrine includes the whole mountain, and the paths and steps leading all the way to the summit are lined with these...

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