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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Pretty in Pink

April 16, 2019 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I arrived in the Osaka area of Japan (specifically: Nishinomiya) late Thursday evening. The first thing we did on Friday was to travel west for an outing at Himeji Castle (hime = ‘princess’ + ji ‘road’). It’s the only original castle – do I have this right? – in Japan... read more

Sake: Ten Things to Know

June 20, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Title picture for sake: My son, Gerard, and his girlfriend, Rimi, opening a bottle of shōchū at Torisan, our favorite izakaya ‘neighborhood restaurant’ in Koshien When in Japan you’ll want to know that: 1. Sake Sake is the generic Japanese word for ‘alcohol.’ Everything alcoholic counts as sake. 2. Sake... read more

Observations on the Japanese Language

June 13, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Japanese Language: Baby Steps 日 ‘sun’ + 本 ‘origin/tree’ = Japan         日本語= Japanese Language I’m in Japan now. Sure, I can say ohayō gozaimasu ‘good morning’, arigatō gozaimasu ‘thank you very much’ and order basic food items, e.g. I have shōchū  rokku ‘(Japanese) vodka on the rocks,’... read more

Further Observations on Japan

Further Observations on Japan

May 6, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Here is another listicle about Japan. This time the observations are random and in no particular order: 10. T-shirts/sweatshirts. Many people wear T-shirts or sweatshirts with names of U.S. states on them, like South Dakota or Maryland. Every now and then the shirt has the name of a college, often... read more

Azumino: The Japanese Alps

Azumino: The Japanese Alps

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

Azumino: The Japanese Alps 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... read more