Monthly Archives: October 2011

By the persimmon tree

Bilbo and his wife live a precarious existence.  Landslides threaten their home from the back, a rising river threatens from the front. 

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Natto night in Nishiogi

Natto is made from boiled soybeans left to go mouldy.  The taste is bland, it`s sticky and it stinks. It is controversial.  

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O-sewa ni natta kata

  Leaving home at midnight, 70 year old Inaba drove for 16 hours to Nachi, in southern Wakayama prefecture.  He arrived at the Nachi guest house, where I met him, at 4pm.  We shared a table at dinner.  First, he complimented my dexterity with chopsticks; … Continue reading

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On another planet in Kurama, Kyoto

73 million foreign tourists were loafing around outside Kiyomizu temple this morning.  The trinket and tat lined lane leading up to the main pagoda was like an international airport terminal.  I had to escape, so this afternoon, I left the city … Continue reading

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The Returning Bonito

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