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One More Castle, a Pink Samurai Lady, and Mountains

At the end of our trip, we demonstrated our jadedness by being unimpressed by the castle at Aizu Wakamatsu (otherwise known as Tsuruga Jo). More memorable than  the castle itself, however, were the little pink samurai-ladies that Aizu had coated … Continue reading

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Tohoku Day 2

We woke up in our shipping crate on day 2, got our cafeteria breakfast with side of staring locals. I have gotten used to Japanese breakfast, and a cafeteria breakfast is made of a bowl of rice, a couple soft-boiled … Continue reading

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Back in the USA

Well, our good intentions for the blog got swamped in the chaos of moving from one country to another. We’re currently in a hotel in DC, and will soon be moving into our new apartment. Settling back into the US … Continue reading

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Iya Valley

In the center of Shikoku there’s a remote, narrow valley where defeated warriors of the Heike clan (and other random people hoping to disappear) have hid out through the centuries. Today it’s marginally easier to get to, but that’s not … Continue reading

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Uchiko, Ozu, and Kochi

The next leg of our journey was a day trip down to Uchiko and Ozu, two towns south of Matsuyama. Uchiko is a small town with a historic district that was nearly empty while we were there. While we were … Continue reading

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Interlude

In which we do not discuss castles for a post or two to whet your appetite for the glories ahead. For today, ladies and gentlemen, please meet Anpanman. Red-bean-paste-filled-bread-headed-man. Sounds better in Japanese.  Wikipedia says therefore it should Bean Bun … Continue reading

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Let the castling begin!

“Deathly boring mundane details,” indeed.  Tara hides it well, but who could fail to be excited by castle factoids? Take Marugame, for example.  Built in 1597, abandoned in 1615, and rebuilt in 1643, it is one of the 12 remaining … Continue reading

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