Category Archives: Outside Tokyo, inside Japan

10 Kaminoyama: An outing

Farmer`s wife has kindly arranged a date for me in the next village up. The date is with Dan, a fellow Englishman who runs an English school in Yamagata city.  As matchmaker, the wife accompanied me.  The daughter drove. 

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11 Kaminoyama: Joy in Work

Last morning at the farm:  No sunrise showdown in the stalls, the nugget-hunt was delayed until after breakfast. Instead, I accompanied the Green Knight to 6am meeting of local branch of Ronrihojinkai, The institute of ethics (J).  60,000 branches in Japan.  Held in … Continue reading

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Kiyomizudera: Saved by the rain

“After all we are in Kiyomizudera, the temple of pure water.  In a way, this torrential rain could not be more appropriate.”

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Oharu: Water falls silently

Pink polluted my eyes last week.  The cherry blossoms in Kyoto were in full bloom.  It is my worst nightmare:  war parties of tourists wielding unwieldy cameras all seeking the best shot.  With members of my group off on various excursions, I had a free day so I fled … Continue reading

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Call of nature in Fukushima

“Go to the hot springs at Tsuchiyu Onsen,”  the girl at the tourist desk recommended.  Her suggestion was understandable.  One glance at me – scruffy, unshaven, smelling a bit fresh – and most human beings would have advised the same.   I was sceptical.  I only … Continue reading

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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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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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