Category: japan

Took the time out of the busy schedule to process one of the photos I took of the recent lunar eclipse. If you look really closely you can see Uranus as a pinpoint light to the left of the moon. Click on the image for a larger version hosted on Flickr.

Went on a recent, overnight hike to the top of Mt. Fuji. Tradition demands you be there for sunrise. Nature did not disappoint us. Our toils and pains were well worth it.  

Today is June 9th. My series of flights from Japan and to the US begins in about a couple of hours. A little more than 14 hours of flying time and a couple of layovers later, I’ll have my feet on the ground in Detroit. This’ll start the short few days of my time presenting at […]

It’s that time of year again. Students in Japan are both preparing for the end and the beginning. My lab has seven students up for their masters degree and a bevy more undergraduates who are both preparing their final reports and studying for entrance examinations leading to another two years of study. I write this […]

It’s been nearly two and a half years since arrival. The first six months of which were spent desperately learning as much of the language as would stick. During that time I met and interacted with the most diverse group of fellow students and researchers since entering into higher eduction. It’s helpful to become the […]

Friday night my laptop died. I brought it home as usual, in the basket of my bicycle (yes, my bicycle has a basket). Just minutes earlier it was working fine in lab. However, upon reaching home, it would not boot. Screen was out, the fans spun up, the hard drives spooled up too, but there […]

Most of my storytelling while here in Japan has been in the form of photography. Unfortunately, as you can probably tell, this blog has very little (if any) photography visible. So, rather than just load up the wordpress blog with more photos, I am going to try and rely in on an easy and seamless […]

It might have been the passing of the typhoon to the south west. It might have been my imagination. But honestly, it feels like someone flicked a giant switch and turned off Summer and turned on Fall. The threshold for discomfort and misery outside lately has been whether or not the thermometers read above 30°C. […]

My other area of “research” (as we’ll call it) has been Japanese premium nihonshu (sake). I want to try and fold that exploratory research into this blog as best as I can. And as part of that, I can certainly upload some of the great photos I snag as part of the process. So, without […]

The vice of summer is slowly starting to tighten. Over the past month I have watched as the temperatures listed on the weekly forecast steadily climbed. The humidity fell upon the western-half of Japan like a thick curtain. I feel as though I am walking around with an added weight on my shoulders – always […]

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