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Book Review: Kansai Cool

Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan

I read Kansai Cool by Christal Whelan in July 2016

Kansai, a region home to about 19% of the Japanese, is maybe the most important and most ‘Japanese’ region in the country. Including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, Kansai is in many way the historical and cultural home of Japan.

While busy Tokyo, in the Kanto region, is now the busiest and most visited city in Japan, the cities of Kansai can often be more laidback, relaxed, fun and open.

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Book Review: After the Quake

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

I read After the Quake by Haruki Murakami in February 2016

In 1995 the Great Hanshin earthquake hit the city of Kobe and the surrounding regions. Over six thousand people died, more than a third of them from Kobe. Almost 400.000 buildings were destroyed by the earthquake. Japan was stunned, the stock market plummeted the next day.

Murakami’s short story collection, After the Quake revolves around Kobe and the earthquake. None of the six stories take place in the city of Kobe, but somehow the story is connected to Kobe and the earthquake. Some of the protagonists have friends or family in Kobe, others watch the quake on the news. Kobe binds the six stories together.

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

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My trip to Japan is only days away

It is not long before I go now, less than three days. My trip to Japan is only days away. Now I just need to get packed, print all my tickets and not miss my flight. I have never missed a flight before so I don’t think that will be a problem. Now I probably jinxed it.

Shibuya Crossing on a trip to Japan

Shibuya Crossing. World’s most busiest intersection.

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Lost in Translation: Japanese signs

Making signs in a language you are not comfortable with is not always easy. Even google translate can fail sometimes, and the results can be hilarious. Finding funny signs in Japan is not difficult at all. Some are clearly mistranslations, others have a hidden meaning somewhere in there. Here are some Japanese Signs I have found on my travels.
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