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    My Mother’s Yukata

    August 7, 2016

    In honor of Obon (Buddhist custom honoring the spirits of ancestors…usually observed in mid-July or mid-August, depending on where you are in Japan), I decided I should finally dig up an old post I attempted to put up here a year ago. Last summer, I was browsing Uniqlo’s website and got excited when I saw they started selling Japanese Yukata (cotton casual kimonos) on their U.S. site. I briefly thought about buying one but…money. Plus, I really have no occasion…

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    The Best Okonomiyaki Joint

    Gileseyboy is in Osaka at the moment, and it reminded me of a hidden gem near my old apartment in Sakai. He says it’s his favorite restaurant in the world. I can’t blame him.…

    August 2, 2015
  • Nakamise Dori Night Tokyo
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    Nakamise-dori at Night

    Attempting to revisit some old photos now that I’ve downloaded some more tutorials on using Lightroom. Change is not always easy…still haven’t decided whether it’s better than Photoshop. These were taken in May 2013.…

    August 15, 2014
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    Grandma’s Love Letters

    Before I left Japan, I had the chance to visit my 94-year-old grandpa a few times at his nursing home. During one visit, he said to me, “I have Grandma’s love letters still. They’re…

    September 15, 2013
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    Last days in Osaka

    In my final days in Japan, Osaka kind of became home base for me while I gradually prepped to leave the country. I moved all my luggage from Hamamatsu to Osaka, spent a few…

    September 5, 2013
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    Jackie’s Collection of Engrish – Part 1

    I’ve been in Japan for almost a year now, and in that time, I’ve gathered quite a collection (or ‘correction’…) of Engrish. With my deportation date getting closer, I thought I’d start unloading them…

    July 18, 2013
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    Conquering Japan’s Highest Peak

    I survived Mt. Fuji….! As a person of Japanese descent, I felt it was my obligation to make the pilgrimage to the top of Japan’s highest mountain. Not really–I just wanted bragging rights, and…

    July 15, 2013
  • Bentenjima Fireworks
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    Bentenjima Fireworks Show

    4th of July in Japan didn’t mean I wasn’t able to get my fill of fireworks. I lit some Japanese sparklers in honor of good ol’ America, and there happened to be a fireworks…

    July 7, 2013
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    Forced Portraits

    Getting tired of just taking scenery shots. I’m itching to start taking portraits again. There’s a street in the center of Hamamatsu that’s lined with red walls. I’ve always wanted to do some kind…

    June 30, 2013
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