Japan, finally February 4th 2014 Preparing myself for the ultimate culture shock, I get off the airport bus in downtown Osaka. J., whom I met up with at the airport, has already been to Japan various times, making her mind less likely to be as boggled as mine. The hotel receptionist is the epitome of what I assume to be the Japanese corporate image that never wastes any motion, or emotion, for that matter. Our room is, well, rath ... read more
Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
Working hard to be a glass-half-full kinda guy.
"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee" Matthew 5:29
"You don’t do that to no lady. You gonna get it now, fool." Mr. T
"Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist." George Carlin
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