Osaka Era 2016-Present

Osaka Hair Flap

Our tasks in Sendai complete, we migrated again. This time, our home is the sprawling metropolis of Osaka, known for it’s congenial inhabitants and famous for it’s…everything.

A Glimpse of Imazato’s “New Road”

A while back, while I was waiting to meet my wife for an event, I found myself strolling around the neighborhood of Imazato and came across a time portal. Okay, not exactly, but it might as well have been. What it actually was, was a local, 1km long shōtengai (商店街), a...

Spring in Osaka: Exploration Expedition 05

It's getting Spring-y in Osaka these days. Winter clothes are getting put away and short sleeves are coming out. This weekend marked the end of Golden Week in Japan, the string of national holidays that create a week of vacation for most people and it was great...

Grey Hanami at Osaka Castle 2017

After all the hype, this year turned out to be a thoroughly grey and wet Hanami on the day we made our outing under the blooming Sakura trees. That's not to say the whole season was like that, of course. It just happened that the day we met up with some Mary's...

Prelude to Hanami 2017

It's been colder than usual, for longer than usual this year. That means that Hanami is a tad delayed. That's fine though since I still have some photos from last year's Sakura season to tide us over until the skies are thick with pink petals and the parks are full...

Out From the Shadows

Hooooooly smokes, y'all. First post in eight months, that was a rather substantial lapse in activity here, eh? So where the hell have I been and what the hell have I been up to? First things first, 'cause I tend to ramble. Before I lose you in loquaciousness, I...

ESL Teachers, I’ve Got Your New Textbook, Right Here!

I came across this a while back and completely forgot about it until going through my phone photos recently. This is a book called "The Correct Usage of 'Bitch'" (正しいBITCHの使い方)and it may be one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. It's chock-full of, dare I say,...

Sakura Season 2016

Another year, another Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season. Last year we were in Tokyo for the blossoms and had a great time at Shinjuku Gyoen Park. This year I was personally lucky enough to have two good sessions on the same weekend. Last Saturday, I headed out to...

Get Ye to a Mountaintop: Osaka Edition

As I've mentioned before, when I'm in a new place for any length of time, one of the first things I like to do is get up high and get oriented to the surrounding geography. Sure you can look at a map, but it's just not quite the same as eyeballing the lay of the land...

A Few Days in Osaka

Wow, been a while since the last update. Truth be told, I've been struggling to maintain a decent pace of photo output ever since restarting blog operations here. It certainly hasn't been a challenge getting out and taking photos (there's always something interesting...

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