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Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Hallowe’en has become incredibly popular in Japan, but keeping demons away is nothing new.  Every year, Okayama has their festival called Uraja, which is also known as Oni Matsuri (Demon Festival), but in a small city in southern Shikoku called…

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

What I Learned about Nicosia, Cyprus – Europe’s Last Divided City

My weekend trip to Cyprus on the first weekend of August was totally unexpected and spontaneous, and until I did some research online while on the train to the airport, I’d had no clue that Cyprus was a divided republic…

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Photo Friday: Hitler’s Vienna

Hitler’s Vienna was unquestionably different from the Vienna we know today, but there’s no doubt that it was magnificent. Vienna is the classiest, most glorious city I’ve ever seen, which makes it hard to imagine a person like Adolf Hitler…

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

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