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Making Your Surroundings Better

May 6th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

One of the lessons that my father taught me was to always leave a place in better shape than when you arrive. When I go on my walks in Japan, they always take a bag along to pick up trash that I find along the way. It's one of those little things that anybody can do to help make the area around where they live a little better.

Japanese Farm House

May 5th, 2007 at 02:39 am

This is a typical Japanese farmhouse that I came across the other day while out on a walk.


April 8th, 2007 at 09:51 pm

As you might imagine, parking in Japan is always a challenge. Often they will stack cars as in this photo:

Drying Laundry

February 15th, 2007 at 09:19 pm

We don't have a clothes dryer. The vast majority of people living in Japan don't. Electricity is expensive and there just isn't room in most apartments and houses for the dryer, so everyone hangs their clothes out to dry.

Before I came to Japan I would have assumed that hanging clothes to dry would be a real pain compared to simply throwing them into a dryer. I've found that hanging clothes is therapeutic in a relaxing kind of way and actually enjoy it.