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Nov
2012

the great happiness space: tales of an osaka love thief

On 16, Nov 2012 | In Selected Posts, TV & Film | By sue

I watched this documentary earlier this year and was blown away. The Great Happiness Space: Tales of an Osaka Love Thief, directed by Jake Clenell, is a heartbreaking look at the emotionally fraught world of Japanese host clubs.
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01

May
2011

cherry blossom festival at brooklyn botanical garden

On 01, May 2011 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

This past weekend was Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival, at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. I went on Saturday with a friend and it was absolutely gorgeous. We were incredibly lucky: this year’s festival coincided with a perfect combination of great weather and trees in peak bloom.
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01

Dec
2010

tokyo rockabilly dancers

On 01, Dec 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

One of my favorite experiences in Tokyo was watching these awesome rockabilly dancers who hang out in Yoyogi Park (in Harajuku) every Sunday afternoon. You may have seen them before—the music video for Peter Bjorn and John’s “Nothing to Worry About” follows them around for a day.
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17

Nov
2010

kyoto snapshots

On 17, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Curious architecture, origami, and thrift-shop finds.
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15

Nov
2010

tokyo snapshots

On 15, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Fortune-telling, scenic views, and mysterious nightlife.
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10

Nov
2010

tokyo treats

On 10, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Being the dessert fiend that I am, I made sure to explore the sugary items Tokyo had on offer. And there were a lot of delicious desserts—some were Tokyo-expensive, but a lot of the more local snacks were both delicious and affordable.
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08

Nov
2010

gochisosama deshita

On 08, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

“Gochisosama deshita” is a phrase you can use to show your appreciation after a meal. It translates to “It was a feast.” And with that, I give you…more foodstuffs from Japan (oh, you thought I was done? THERE IS NO END to my Japan photos).
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08

Nov
2010

fushimi inari taisha

On 08, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, deity of business, rice, and foxes. It’s a really cool place—there are thousands of torii, or gates, leading up from the main shrine to many other shrines dotting the mountainside (the mountain is also called Inari).
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05

Nov
2010

kyoto is sweet

On 05, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

One of the greatest things we discovered about Kyoto is that dessert—from ice cream to traditional Japanese tea sweets—is a Big Deal there.
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04

Nov
2010

hello kitty bonanza

On 04, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

Hello Kitty interlude: at all the big tourist sites in Japan, and for each of the major cities, there are customized Hello Kitty mascots that feature the highlights of the sites/cities. Discovering these mascots is awesome, because they are ridiculous.
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02

Nov
2010

kyoto temples and gardens, part 2

On 02, Nov 2010 | In Selected Posts, Travel & Life | By sue

More beautiful temples and gardens. I really loved visiting these sites—even the more touristy ones still felt very serene.
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