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(Un)translatables: Japanese Top Ten

May 17, 2019 6:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

(Un)translatables – my term – are words in one language that may take a paragraph to explain in another language … and still not quite get it right. (Title Image: Hokkaido University, kanji: ‘Japanese language’) All languages have them. Japanese has some really good ones. (Un)translatables in Japanese: The Bad... read more

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Famous Koreans: Top Ten List

May 7, 2019 6:13 pm Published by

When I go to a new place, I now practice anchoring my experience by finding out about the country’s famous people. I always ask locals for suggestions. Naturally, I asked Koreans for some famous Koreans. However, I didn’t have to ask anyone for my #1. Famous Koreans: Historic King Sejong... read more


Nishinomiya: My Japanese Neighborhood

April 26, 2019 6:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I arrived in Japan last week, my major stop being Nishinomiya where I’n visiting with my younger son, Gerard. Nishinomiya is between Osaka and Kobe, and I’ve been here before. I specifically requested my lodging to be Yakkoryokan. Because it’s a popular place, Gerard made reservations here for me a long... read more

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Nishinomiya Shrine: Easter Day Reflections

April 23, 2019 6:13 pm Published by

Sunday, April 21, was Easter. Gerard and I went to the general meeting of the Nishinomiya Shrine. It is located in none other than Nishinomiya City. Nishinomiya Shrine: The Shinto God Ebisu The shrine honors Ebisu, the Japanese god of fishermen and luck. He is one of the Seven Gods... read more

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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