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Japan Hits Home for Me

March 24, 2011
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Nothing could be simpler than a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread for a comforting lunch, yet finding all the pieces to this American staple food is one of the first challenges I undertake when living abroad. My dinners can be anything from Japanese blowfish to Ethiopian sponge bread, but when it comes to...
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Similar Fears of Radiation

March 23, 2011
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Before I begin this evening, I’d like to tell you a little about my background. I’m definitely a science guy. I majored in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, I used to read science fiction stories, Michael Crichton in particular, and I fancied myself knowing a little about a variety of scientific...
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What might have been in Japan

March 14, 2011
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Now that rescue efforts are underway, some people who were trapped on rooftops and the hills in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures have been able to get access to food, water, and Internet. As a result, new witness videos have been pouring on to YouTube and the news: I had a rather disturbing moment...
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Tsunami in Japan

March 11, 2011
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There’s very little I can add to this story. Best to check my Twitter account for updates, as more video and stories are uncovered. The only thing I can say for uncertain is South Korea is completely unaffected; I’m on the east coast and we didn’t see so much as a centimeter rise in...
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

March 11, 2011
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I don’t need to go to the hospital

I’ve been pretty sick the last two days. Fortunately, I have a very accommodating boss here in Korea. I’ve covered for him at school when he had family emergencies or needed to take a few hours to rest himself. I’ve just been fascinated by the different ways cultures approach minor illnesses (major ones too,...
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Gambling in My Travels

February 8, 2011
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Gambling in My Travels

I will admit it: there’s nothing like the rush of setting a few chips in that betting circle and waiting to see what cards are dealt. Blackjack is my game of choice when I’m playing for cash, but I like to organize Texas Hold ‘Em gatherings whenever I settle in for a year. As...
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Bitterness and the Lifer

January 24, 2011
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I promise I’ll try to make more of an effort to blog consistently. The truth is, I have a difficult time finding a good balance between blogging for leisure and out of obligation. What’s been on my mind recently? Actually something I’m quite concerned about. Let me set the stage. A new NongHyup Mart...
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

October 21, 2010
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

Why travel by ferry when there are other options? Cruises. Flying. For me, it comes to comfort. Ferries take a little longer, but there’s more amenities on longer trips, like table tennis. And even if the ride is longer than a few hours, the overall commute is just… well, easier. Consider someone in Seoul...
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

October 6, 2010
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

I’m sitting at one of Fukuoka city’s famous yatai: a food stall lining the river, usually stocking fresh ramen or sushi. This time, as I perch myself on one of the red stools and start slurping loud enough to attract the attention of Japanese, it’s as though I’m settling into a warm bath. With...
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

October 1, 2010
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

I’m walking down the Subashiri Trail on the east face well after the sun has set. Unlike knowledgeable hikers, I hold no rain gear, nor a decent flashlight; fortunately, I planned my ascent around the full moon, and, being a clear night, this light is more than enough to guide me. My feet slide...
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