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Breaking it down

Breaking it down

This morning, I woke up feeling insecure and my anxiety was turned up to 11. I saw on Facebook that they had been working at 555 yesterday, but I’d missed it. I asked about today’s plan and Fujii-san said he thought they’d be gathering again but he...
Gone, gone, gone

Gone, gone, gone

555 Hiratsuka burned to the ground today. At about 12:30 this afternoon, an announcement came over the loudspeaker: 大山地区。建物火災。平塚551。 (Oyama area house fire. Hiratsuka 551.) 551 is the old house next to our kominka – the one with the big gate. Oh! But the...
Fukushima, ten years on

Fukushima, ten years on

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku Triple Disaster: earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. I wrote about my experiences at the time and you can look back though those posts (start here) if you want to know my thoughts in that moment. Here are my thoughts...
Scat, Wild Boar

Scat, Wild Boar

Never before see in our yard! Boar poop! The shiny circle in the center of the photo is a ten yen coin (about the size of a US quarter) for reference. What a big dump.
Transformations with Jayne

Transformations with Jayne

You know how hearing your own voice recorded is just so strange? Listening to my interview on Transformations with Jayne is like listening to my sister and niece. We have the same voice! Which makes hearing that voice both weird and easier. Jayne and I talked about...
Temporarily Closed

Temporarily Closed

I am feeling unsettled. I have been getting lax with precautions and it’s time to tighten back down. On Christmas day, Tod & I drove north to suburbia and enjoyed lunch in a shopping mall. We wanted a change of scenery and to mark the holiday, but in the...