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A Stroke of Genius…?

Hi blog. Sometimes I say to myself, “Andrew, you’re a genius.”  And very occasionally, I prove it. I sometimes get requests for information about various topics, or “Can you identify this?”  Well, I recently received an e-mail from all-round good … Continue reading

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Scary Statue

Hi blog. Sorry things have been too quiet for too long at Wild in Japan.  I’ll save you the excuses and get on with this quick post. Unfortunately, between me starting this post and now that series of large earthquakes … Continue reading

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Crash Site

Hi blog.   Tokorozawa likes to think of itself as the home of Japan’s first powered flight.  That isn’t quite true – the first flight was at the Imperial Army’s Yoyogi Parade Ground (now Yoyogi Park).  Tokorozawa can instead lay … Continue reading

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Kotesashi Roadside

  May 11th, 1333 Supporters of the imperial family, led by Nitta Yoshisada, crossed the Iruma River on their advance toward Kamakura.  They were engaged by the forces of the Hojo Regents around the village of Kotesashi. The ensuring battle … Continue reading

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If I said you had a nice Bodhisattva, would you hold it against me?

A fairly common sight along backroads in my immediate area is Buddhist statues, mostly the various forms of Kannon and Jizo. Jizo (地蔵), or Jizo Bosatsu (地蔵菩薩) is mostly known as a guardian of children and of travellers.  Kannon (観音) … Continue reading

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