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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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Another Culture Lesson Learned the Hard Way- #16

Today, I will review a case study, which will, if committed to memory, prevent your new Japanese friends from committing seppuku (suicide) after attending a party at your apartment. Harasi-san, a Japanese male in his early twenties. A recent graduate … Continue reading

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Irises at Meiji Shrine – and a Surprise Sighting

My favorite ” go to” spot- Meiji Shrine. Always entertaining- to me anyway, as  I can never find anyone else to tag along. The Offspring hide until I`ve been gone for 10 minutes. Spouse will go if he can see … Continue reading

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Birds of a Feather Bike Tokyo Together

I prefer to limit constraints on my behavior with too many rules. Therefore, I operate under a general set of guiding principles which can be altered if circumstances require a quick adjustment. There is one that has remained constant, has … Continue reading

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Tattoos – Today`s Taboo Topic

Today`s taboo topic is the tattoo. There are two main reasons I don`t have any. I view the largest organ of the body as a blank canvas, thus my first major hurdle is the limited color palate from which to … Continue reading

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