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When the wind hits the Cherry trees, the petals fall, and it looks like Spring is snowing. It’s beautiful. Or how about this? Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch. Yoshida Kenko Sakura basically means Cherry Blossom season. Hanami is the...
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Japan. Land of incredible vending machines. Underdog race car drivers. And a somewhat confusing approach to the web. At a glance, Japanese web design can appear incredibly detailed, and minute. Chaotic, yet adorable. Incredibly advanced and decidedly stagnant. Focused on Flash, or HTML5. It’s baffling. Boy do I sound ethnocentric. Questionable web design occurs everywhere,...
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This past September on a free night in Utsunonmiya, I headed over to a mall hoping to snag some gifts (and dessert). I hit the gift jackpot – think Big Lots combined with Dollar General. It was incredible. I grabbed stuff for tons of people, but mostly for my son Oliver – a new lunchbox,...
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I visited Nikko, Tochigi earlier today. It was a 40 minute train ride from Utsunomiya – a very short trip, and well worth it considering what it offers: The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shrines and Temples of Nikko. In my travels, I’ve ended up at lots of shrines, churches, temples and other religious sites. I’ve...
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I’ve not been shy in previous posts about sharing my love for travel. Or riding on planes. I also love sitting on trains and buses. Basically anything that lets me sit, think and look out the window. Each day in Japan, we take a 1-hour bus ride to and from the Twin Ring Motegi race...
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The reason I’m in Japan is because of the race at Twin Ring Motegi, so I’d be in contempt if I didn’t at least mention it. Growing up, some of my favorite drivers were Japanese. And when my parents owned a race team in the 1990’s, they had a couple of Japanese drivers race for...
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I’ve actually been to Japan 3 times. I only count two, but my passport says otherwise. I got stranded for a night returning from Singapore when my flight got canceled during my connection at Narita. United Airlines put me up in a hotel for a night. Back in 2008, that meant I headed straight to...
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As you know I love Robots. It’s an honor being in Japan and thinking about robots. Last year I made it to the Honda Collection Hall to witness as demonstration of ASIMO. Today I walked up simply to say hi to him. I grabbed this shot. Does anything get any cooler that ASIMO? It’s something...
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