Tag Archives: travel

Konpirasan

This blog’s primary focus is Fukuoka and Kyushu, but the underlying theme has always been “travel.” I would be doing the rest of Japan a great injustice if I limited my travels and/or writing to Kyushu alone, so I will … Continue reading

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Miyazaki: A Tale of Two Typhoons

Anybody who knows me is aware that I have an unnatural love for sandy beaches and the sea. By that, I mean that I can pass an entire day staring at the ocean from the shore and be more than … Continue reading

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Atago Shrine

Atago Shrine is one of the three major Shinto shrines in Japan dedicated to the deity Atago, and also the oldest shrine in Fukuoka City. Originally established in the first century AD as Washio Shrine, it initially enshrined two gods, … Continue reading

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Gunkanjima: Nagasaki’s “Battleship Island” Ghost Town

Ghost towns are powerful spectacles. Because built environments are strong symbols human life, it is disconcerting to see a town completely abandoned, thrown away as if it were nothing–a fully built urban environment completely devoid of the residents it once … Continue reading

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Sakai: Kansai’s Lost City

Let’s leave Kyushu for a moment: I had the privilege to visit Sakai during my recent trip to Osaka, and it really made me think. What most people see as an unattractive, polluted city is actually one of the most … Continue reading

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Tour of Tastes: Shinkansen Meal Featuring Foods from Osaka to Kagoshima

Recently, on a ride from Osaka to Fukuoka on the Shinkansen (“bullet train”), I was surprised to find a new, limited-time bento (meal comprising various small portions arranged in a box) on the menu. In order to commemorate the completion … Continue reading

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How Not to Eat Karashi Renkon

There are many “firsts” for expats in Japan, and even if you’ve been here for a few years, you still make silly mistakes now and then. One of these silly mistakes turned out to be quite painful (yet delicious), and … Continue reading

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