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Sweet Dreams and Life Imitates Art

Hi blog. This winter had been warmer than usual – ski resorts were having to resort to snow machines, ice smelt fishing areas remained closed due to lakes not freezing over, and golf courses unexpectedly found themselves open for business. … Continue reading

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Swallowed

Hi blog. Looking through my stats, I have found that search terms for snakes top the list of views for this site. Clearly, it is time for another serpentine-themed post!   I was going to do something about the cryptozoological … Continue reading

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Things That Make You Go N

Whoops!  It’s been far too long between posts and the winter solstice is upon us yet again.  Japan has a few traditions relating to this date.  Yuzu-yu is one, there are also ideas about eating azukigayu, a kind of red … Continue reading

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Hihi – No Laughing Matter

Hi blog. Nature in Japan hasn’t been terribly friendly as of late.  It seems that if the climate isn’t trying to kill you, the geology is. So, let’s take a break from nature per se and look at some folklore … Continue reading

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Holy cow… err… horse?

Hi blog. It’s a little late to be talking about O-Bon – it finished on August 15th here – but I managed to get a couple of interesting pictures. Anyone who spends the summer in suburban Japan will encounter cucumbers … Continue reading

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Takao – a hill by any other name

Mt. Takao is a popular hiking retreat for urbanites – within one hour of central Tokyo, several routes, including one paved all the way (perfect for those elderly types who buy all the essential hiking gear which never seems to … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of … False Holly?

Winter is well and truly upon us, and you could be forgiven for thinking that Wild in Japan had hibernated.  Mind you, with fridge-like temperatures  in my room when it’s time to get up, frost on the ground, and the … Continue reading

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The White Hare of Inaba & Crocodiles vs. Sharks

So this Deity Master-of-the-Great-Land had eighty Deities his brethren; but they all left the land to the Deity Master-of-the-Great-Land.  The reason for their leaving it was this: Each of these eighty Deities had in his heart the wish to marry … Continue reading

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Where there’s a well…

Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.   Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner   Sayama has a number of places with the character “mizu” (水), meaning “water” in them.  The most notable example is … Continue reading

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WANTED

The Japanese news (which is notorious for frequently being bereft of actual news content) has been having a field day with the recent apprehension of Tatsuya Takahashi, the last of a trio of Aum Shinrikyo members wanted for the 1995 … Continue reading

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