Monthly Archives: April 2012

Uhh- What the Hell is That?

“What the HELL is that?” I ask that question at least once a day. Politely. Yesterday it occurred when Andretti-san and I encountered these: Andretti-san  – “Eat it.” Not unless my other choice is being forced to watch the movie … Continue reading

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Cherry Blossom Viewing- A “How To” Guide for the Novice

I`ve been remiss as a blogger covering Japan given my lack of attention to “Hanami”- loosely translated as “viewing of cherry blossoms.” I`ve felt a hesitation to do so given the ubiquitous coverage and adoration piled upon the petaled pink … Continue reading

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A Stroll Through The Cemetery During Sakura Season

I am possessed by a morbid fascination with cemeteries. I`ve pin pointed its genesis to the stories told at my Grandfather`s supper table about the flooding of Elba, a small town in south Alabama. He sat on the roof of … Continue reading

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Getting Genki with Geisha Clampitt Style

A mini bus commandeered by Andretti-san and packed with invading Clampitts from Oregon squirmed ominously awaiting our departure toward downtown Kyoto as I faced the motley crowd to pose this thought-provoking question- “Geisha- who are these masked white beauties of … Continue reading

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