Category Archives: Ireland

Flooding in Ireland, Thailand

While at work this morning, I was chatting with co-workers in Ireland online who mentioned flooding in Dublin. Ireland gets a lot of rain in general, but I was quite surprised when someone showed me this video: That’s the Dundrum … Continue reading

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How to eat sushi and other tips

Sushi is the epitome of Japanese food, and almost everyone in the world knows about it, even if they have never tried it. My first experience with sushi was when I was about 16 years old, when I went to … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Spider Killer

As someone who strives to follow the Buddhist path as best I can, I still find I struggle with upholding the basic code of conduct, the Five Moral Precepts, which have are at their root a way of being beneficial … Continue reading

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Lafcadio Hearn Photo in Ireland

This post has been backlogged for a long time, but especially after posting some scary stories for Obon, I wanted to post this photo taken by fellow blogger and Japanophile, “Robert” over at This is a plaque dedicated to … Continue reading

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Obon and scary stories by Lafcadio Hearn!

With so many other things going on lately, I darn near forgot that this is Obon Season in Japan. Then again, I am not in Japan either, so I suppose I have a good excuse for forgetting. Nevertheless, Obon Season, … Continue reading

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Here comes the Bonsai Rider!

I found yet another intriguing little article on the Asahi Shimbun newspaper recently about an enterprising fellow who has become a local celebrity in Tokyo: the Bonsai Rider. The Bonsai Rider is a local gardener who wasn’t selling many bonsai … Continue reading

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2010

This year, I can’t be in Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day as I was last year, but I thought I would share a couple pictures from my time there: This was taken during the big parade in downtown Dublin, which … Continue reading

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A salute to Boss Coffee

I am very pleased lately that the local Japanese import store, Uwajimaya, is carrying Boss Coffee again. You can see I’ve stocked my fridge: Boss Coffee is one of many little canned beverages in Japan you can get from vending … Continue reading

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Prawo Jazdy lives!

This has nothing to do with the usual theme of the blog, but someone sent me this article at work a couple days ago and I wanted to pass it along. Being in Ireland, which has a very large Polish … Continue reading

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The Rainy Season begins

Just a quick note that this week begins what in Japan is called the Rainy Season, written as 梅雨. You can read these characters one of two ways: tsuyu or baiyu, both are fine. The first character means “plum” (ume) … Continue reading

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