Sleeping on the Wing

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Isolation offered its own form of companionship: the reliable silence of her rooms, the steadfast tranquility of the evenings. The promise that she would find things where she put them, that there would be no interruption, no surprise. It greeted her at the end of each day and lay still with her at night.
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (via bookmania)

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Looking Back

A month or two ago I answered some questions given to me by another writing friend of mine here in Japan. This writing exchange, called the Leibster Award, allowed me to nominate some other bloggers and pose some of my own questions after answering the ones given to me. All of the questions I passed on were about Japan. Some of my ALT friends, Jaime and Simone, have answered those questions on…

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mimbeau:

Gilles Ehrmann
"L’homme qui marche" Alberto Giacometti - Fondation Maeght 
Saint-Paul de Vence - France   1964

mimbeau:

Gilles Ehrmann

"L’homme qui marche" Alberto Giacometti - Fondation Maeght 

Saint-Paul de Vence - France   1964

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Hong Kong, a world of contrasts

But these glaring color clashes were not the only reason why the viewer felt such a dizzying sense of unreality. There were contrasts everywhere: all kinds of discordant settings and jumbled periods had been jammed together, making a strange, illusory domain.

This is the description that Eileen Chang gives of Hong Kong  at the beginning of her short story Aloeswood Incense. And although the Hong…

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Nine Dragons and a Fragrant Harbor

Hong Kong is one of the most interesting places I’ve been to… not a country, not a city – to be exact a “Special Administrative Region” attached to China  but with an independent government (Hong Kong is financially independent and the PRC is only in charge of defense and foreign affairs). The two most populated regions, separated by the famous harbor – Kowloon (Nine Dragons) and Hong Kong Island…

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Golden Week is a string of national holidays that falls within the same week thus giving the hard working Japanese a much needed long holiday. Last year I took advantage of the holidays and took a few extra days to give myself enough time for a trip to Vietnam. This year I decided to keep it low key and visit one of the last few cities on my must-see list in Japan. Hiroshima, though one of the biggest tourist spots in Japan, is not all that easy to get to from Miyazaki. After a 3 hour bus ride and a night spent in Fukuoka city we jumped on the Shinkansen which sped us 283km (175mi.) in just an hour. We then took advantage of our 4 day holiday to slow down our usual sight seeing pace and enjoy the food and activities around the city. I wasn’t super thrilled with the overcast weather for taking photos, but some of them didn’t turn out so bad! (And there a few photos from Kayaking  in there not taken with my  DSLR – didn’t trust myself enough to test that out on the water)

Golden Week-end Away Golden Week is a string of national holidays that falls within the same week thus giving the hard working Japanese a much needed long holiday.

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