buddhist temple · Japan Travel

Hither, thither and yon

Well, maybe not quite that far-flung, but a couple of weekends ago I flew from here to Tokyo, immediately headed to deep suburban Saitama, back to Tokyo … back to Saitama, and then to Yokohama the next day. Busy bee, that’s me. My initial foray into Saitama was to visit the Taoist temple Granrodeo used…… Continue reading Hither, thither and yon

Concerts · Fukuoka · General Life · Japan Travel · Rodeogirl

Sneaky September

Another whirlwind month gone by. Another insanely busy set of weekends. September has been quite a full month, even with two and a half weekends at home. I started the month by managing to embarrass myself face-to-face with Granrodeo (my Japanese deserted me post-haste when the lead singer took my hands; the guitarist teased me…… Continue reading Sneaky September

General Life · Japan Travel

August, gone in a flash

I really should write more often. I have things to write about, but I’m generally not around on weekends, and too tired during the week to “put pen to paper,” as it were. When last I left off, I was about to dash to Osaka for more Granrodeo shows. Which I did, and they were…… Continue reading August, gone in a flash

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Planes, trains and automobiles, part the first: Flying in Japan

Since I am scurrying around Japan on a regular basis, I thought I’d share my thoughts and some tips about how I manage to accomplish this, starting with air travel. I should point out that I am spoiled:  Fukuoka airport is the most convenient one I’ve ever used. From walking out my apartment door to…… Continue reading Planes, trains and automobiles, part the first: Flying in Japan

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Depths of summer

Summer is indeed quite upon us. Daytime temps soaring to 35 C, a symphony of cicadas greeting every open door, the bone-chilling freeze of over-airconditioned stores…. Nagoya was disgustingly hot and humid. It’s special that way. But I insisted on doing a tiny bit of playing tourist anyhow. Had wanted to visit Inuyama castle and…… Continue reading Depths of summer

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The joys of katakana

For those of you not familiar, katakana is the syllabary that Japanese uses for spelling out foreign loan words. And it is sometimes far more frustrating than trying to read kanji. Case in point, when I first saw the poster below, I was wondering who this Roscoe dude was (because the romanization of ラスコー is…… Continue reading The joys of katakana

Japan Travel · Rodeogirl

Where in Japan is Summerqueen?!

When last we left our intrepid Rodeo Girl, she was recuperating from sinusitis (Pro tip, children: if you’re taking prescription allergy meds, don’t decide to just stop cold turkey; that’s what I did and opened up my poor nose as a gateway to a previously unknown hell. Just don’t) and preparing to jet off to…… Continue reading Where in Japan is Summerqueen?!