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Pray and wishes

What do you pray for? What do you wish for? In these few weeks, I have visited various places surrounding natures, particularly shrines and temples in the prefecture where I stay. As one of the places where Buddhism got widespread in Japan, I naturally got attracted to its history, places of worship, and the architecture. […]

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Japanese-influenced Chinese

When I met my girlfriend a while ago, she noted that my Chinese had been steadily deteriorating. On top of that, she also mentioned that the vocabulary I used was influenced by Japanese’s kanji. Baffled by this, I recollected the words that I used when I attempted to communicate with the locals (and her). The […]

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Moment of hesitation

When I was walking down a road while contemplating where to go next yesterday on a trip, I stumbled upon an older brother and his younger brother who were running from an alley towards my direction. “C’mon, run faster!” The older brother shouted towards his younger brother as the younger brother struggled to catch up […]

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Parallel Tokyo: a devastated metropolitan

I grew up watching disaster movies, like The Day After Tomorrow and Sinking of Japan. Watching Sinking of Japan, I wondered how life is like in a disaster prone country like Japan. Having being living in it for quite some time, I feel that no one can always be adequately prepared should a disaster strikes, […]

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Plan for the next journey

Plan now for the next decade… including marriage?

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Autumn, cool (weather) Japan

Japan gradually turns red (it’s the time of the autumn season).

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“Emergency sign”

Found this song from the ending part of the NHK documentary “Human Crossroads” (事件の涙; Jiken no namida), and had it stuck in my head ever since. Its melancholic, as if a thirst never gets quenched, clenches the heart as the tune progresses. “Human Crossroads” tells the melancholic stories, mostly the sad happenings in the contemporary […]

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Hotchkiss and stapler

One morning, I overheard a colleague’s conversation over the phone about someone wanting a “hotchkiss” being delivered to an event’s venue. “Hotchkiss”, I paused and gave a brief thought about its meaning. Stapler. A quick search on the Internet revealed that “Hotchkiss” not only is common to the Japanese, it is also attributed to Benjamin […]

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He Who Can’t Marry

Recently, I watched “He Who Can’t Marry” (結婚できない男; Kekkon dekinai otoko; translated in Chinese as “结不了婚的男人”) on Netflix, a drama produced in 2006, which tells the story of a rich, lonely architect bachelor who is in his 40s named Shinsuke Kuwano, and the characters surrounding him, including a doctor, a car’s salesperson, the main protagonist’s […]

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Typhoon Bualoi (No. 21) hits

This morning, Typhoon Bualoi (typhoon no. 21) swept through Chiba Prefecture (located east of Tokyo) and its neighboring areas. It brought strong wind and torrential rains along the area, including where I stay. I commute to work by bus, hence I was partly drenched while waiting for the delayed bus due to the unavoidable traffic […]