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Miyajima- The Jewel on My UNESCO Hit List

Life is not a race. Unless you`re a Clampitt. Then what`s not a race is a competition. If there are no competitors, go up against yourself. I usually take on the inner voice that provides unwelcome running commentary on the … Continue reading

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The Best Ramen- A Quest for the Holy Grail of Noodles

Many of you know of my singular and all-encompassing love of the ramen noodle. In particular, the spicy version known in Japan as “Tantanmen.” Slurping, sloshing and spraying this delectable carb on other patrons at the ramen bar is an … Continue reading

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Japanese Name Calling- Not Appropriate for Children and Teenagers

Tengu. Oh-and  it`s nasty. Use it carefully. Don`t tell I taught you or I`ll call you a liar. After reading this, you will shiver with delight every time you shout it at your worst arch-enemy from behind the locked sound … Continue reading

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“What`s Your Type?”

“What`s your sign?” The ultimate conversation starter lost with the demise of the horoscope in the 70`s. Perhaps it got tangled up with disco. Whatever the reason,  I stopped looking for a Leo soul mate and that groovy Sagittarius embroidered … Continue reading

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Ouisar-san drops the Ball on the Local Matsuri

The fact that I`ve been blogging for two full years and haven`t done a post on a matsuri is shameful an oversight. Especially given the number of these that occur throughout the year. During a matsuri, the neighborhood shrine`s delegates … Continue reading

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Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Japan- Add It To Your Bucket List

It was turning out to be the typical Clampitt vacation. A perfect storm of sorts. We boarded a plane headed 3 hours south toward Okinawa, then another 45 minutes further south to Ishigaki Island. So did several right-wing activists ready … Continue reading

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Will Wearing a Ski Mask Help Ouisar-San Avoid Another Cultural Faux Pas?

The Clampitt Clan has returned from the annual family vacation and I find myself in an awkward, and long-lasting, position. I am the center of attention. When I board a train, all the ladies look me over from head to … Continue reading

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If It Can`t be Snowboarded, the Clampitts Don`t Go, But…..

others do. This post is brought to you by a number of others. Namely Apple and one of my latest favorite blogs Rocket News 24. During one of my weekly trips to the Apple store to replace various shattered Iphone … Continue reading

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(Hell) Raising Teenagers in Asia

Warning- Graphic Images, not to be read while eating. Don`t say I didn`t warn you. One day last spring I was walking with several thousand of my closest Japanese neighbors through Yoyogi park in central Tokyo. Just enjoying the day … Continue reading

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Great Job on The Laundry! In Recognition of Your Achievement…..

Here`s what`s not explained clearly when permanently leaving the work place. Never again will you hear the words, “That was a great job.” Most likely no one will call a neighborhood coffee in your honor to say, “In recognition of … Continue reading

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