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Second Sea

April 15, 2021
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Hitachi Seaside Park, for all the hype about its prefecture’s apparent ugliness, is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve been in Japan.

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The Capital of Cherry Blossoms

April 11, 2021
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Kyoto’s 2021 cherry blossom season began on March 21, at least for me.

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Japan’s Famous Fields of Baby Blue

April 10, 2021
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Hitachi Seaside Park is beautiful, and mostly lives up to the hype built up around it—but it’s not for everyone.

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Himeji Starts Here

April 7, 2021
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You might say I’m an expert in crafting the perfect Himeji Castle day trip

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Apex of the Sakura

April 7, 2021
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It isn’t every year that you sync up with the cherry blossom front; if you do, magic will surely flow outward from that linkage.

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A Very Kanazawa Future

April 4, 2021
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Wednesday was the warmest morning I’ve ever taken to the streets of Kanazawa, although that isn’t saying much.

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False Bloom

March 28, 2021
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Isn’t it better to have maximum awareness, but minimal impairment?

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Sakura and Sago Palms

March 28, 2021
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Nostalgia has become my drug of choice in middle age.

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Plan Your Post-Pandemic Kyoto Trip

March 16, 2021
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All 365 days of 2022 are going to be spectacular in Kyoto.

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A Vision of Tokyo After Covid-19

March 16, 2021
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The eyes of the world will be on Japan’s capital this summer, but I’ve already shifted my focus to Tokyo in 2022.

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The Headiest Catch

March 14, 2021
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The third time isn’t always a charm, but kismet blows in with every gust of wind.

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A Way Around Japan’s Cash-Only Culture

March 6, 2021
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For many years, it wasn’t possible to use Pasmo Apple Pay on your iPhone unless you had purchased it in Japan.

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Okayama and Aging

February 21, 2021
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Who wants to be remembered for a truth that became a lie?

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Will the Tokyo Olympics End up Being Canceled?

February 19, 2021
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Rumors about the 2021 Olympics being canceled are more rampant than ever.

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Is Sendai Worth Visiting?

February 7, 2021
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I was pumped-up to explore Sendai, after almost seven years of convincing myself I didn’t need to.

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Kyoto by the Sea

February 1, 2021
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Life in Kyoto, at least so far, has been as much about retracing old footsteps as it’s been about charting new paths forward.

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