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Climbed to the top: Mt. Tanzawa

Last Saturday, my friend and I, on a somewhat spontaneous agreement, decided to climb Mt. Tanzawa to its top (elevation of 1567m), located outside Tokyo metropolitan in Kanagawa prefecture. As it was located far away from my place, I woke up early and took the first train headed to Tokyo. I transferred at JR Ochanomizu […]

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Monolog: The faraway target

While changing a line from JR Sobu to JR Chuo to head to Shinjuku, I looked up at the platform indicator. To Takao, it indicated. As I was heading to Shinjuku to meet up with a friend before proceeding to head to our destination, I had a feeling that I should head to that place […]

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Road ~Taiwan Express~

Road ~Taiwan Express~ (路~台湾エキスプレス~/路~台灣EXPRESS~) is a drama produced with collaboration with two countries’ public broadcaster – Japan’s NHK and Taiwan’s PTS, themed around Taiwan’s High Speed Rail (HSR), and its accompanying love story between a Taiwanese and a Japanese. (A comprehensive information can be found at J Drama.) This mini-drama, which lasts for 3 episodes, […]

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Dreaming of the person in the distant past

Lately I had dream of a particular person in the distant past. It occurred in a regular fashion, yet my recollections were hazy at best. It was like a failed attempt to chain the series of dreams I have been experiencing lately. A quick search on the Internet revealed to me of this person’s existence. […]

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Working from home

It has been a month since I began working from home. Work. At home. Rewind to mid April 2020. It was a week before the Golden Week holidays. I was finally given a work laptop by the company to allow myself to work at home. Boy, was I excited. To be able to wake up […]

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Short haircut and frozen hair

Last Saturday, I visited the barber nearby my house to get a haircut. A lady helped me settled my haircut as I briefly told her that I would like my hair to be cut short. This was done as she had cleaned the seat that was used by the previous customer. The hair cutting session […]

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Good job!

Student: Bakku-gurowndo? Teacher: Oh, you mean, background. Good! I was using my laptop in a local coffee shop recently when I heard an audible conversation that naturally caught my attention. It was an English speaking practice session between, presumably, an English teacher with her student. I found it unusual as it took place at a […]

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COVID-19: When it all began

It was December 31, 2019. I was in Taipei, resting in my room while watching the television. The news was reporting about some unknown pneumonia cases found in patients. These cases occurred at Wuhan, China. The fact that these cases were characterized as “unknown” made me alert and unease as I was outside Japan. When […]

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El Mar Mediterrani – “Fantastica!”

Ryuichi Sakamoto leading as conductor in the finale of 1992 Barcelona Olympics in performing “El Mar Mediterrani”. This is also available as a separate album with the same title. As the commentator said when the ending of the music approaches, “Fantastica!“. I can imagine the performance itself being very emotional and epic. Would love to […]

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Japanese immigration

Whenever I go for travel internationally, clearing immigration is one of the most important steps to do. The immigration facilities in Japanese airports are unique for me, due to the modern machines and the sounds they make. Take the facial recognition based automated gates (below) for passport control, for example. I had been deeply attracted […]