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Kinosaki-onsen – a Japanese Spa Town

May 2, 2016 4:24 pm Published by 1 Comment

Making good on my own rating that the onsen is the height of Japanese culture, Gerard and I went to Kinosaki-onsen, a charming spa town on a northwestern coast of the main island, Honshu. The word onsen is even in the name of the town. We did it up big:... read more

Azumino: The Japanese Alps

April 26, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

This past weekend my son, Gerard, and I went to a most beautiful area of Japan, specifically Azumino City in Nagano Prefecture. The XVIII Winter Olympics were held in Nagano in 1998. So this event tells you the area is impressively mountainous. It also explains why the region is called... read more

Japanese Culture Ten Things – a travel blog

April 22, 2016 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

 I’m in Japan for two weeks. It’s my second trip to visit my younger son, Gerard, who has lived in Koshien (outside of Osaka) for three and a half years. Here are the top ten things I love about Japanese culture: 10. Cool paper products. Not just origami, but complicated cards... read more

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Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Seven Tips

January 14, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving: Nothing is more difficult. If you travel, you are going to give gifts and receive gifts. Here are a few things to know: Cross-Cultural Gift-Giving Tip #1: I’ve heard the story of a businessman from Connecticut who was invited to the wedding of his Chinese partner’s daughter. The... read more

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BDSM: The Forest Breeze Series

September 5, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Stories in the flourishing BDSM subgenre feature clubs with elaborate etiquette and protocols. There are strict rules for how subs address Doms. Subs tend to arrive in proper undress, and they leave their shoes at the door. Play is confined to designated areas. Any scening outside of those areas is... read more