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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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  • 方違神社 Hochigai shrine 3 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 3 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...
  • だらだら dara dara—idly 4 months ago My name doesn’t have good connotations in Japanese. In one local dialect on the Sea of Japan coast, dara means “idiot”. (Perhaps fortunately, I have yet to visit that area.) It also features in the word 堕落 daraku, which refers to a moral lapse or descent into apostasy, corruption, sin...
  • Taipei old and new 5 months 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 5 months 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...

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