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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…

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Stumbling upon the Chisinau Ghetto Memorial last weekend was completely unexpected.  Chisinau is the perfect city to wander around for a leisurely weekend.  The old Soviet architecture, churches, and other cultural features didn’t surprise me, but the ghetto memorial stopped…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

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