The sentiment expressed in my last blog post about what a nuisance snow can be is nothing compared to how I feel about earthquakes. Earthquakes are not unusual here in Japan, especially up in the northeast (Tohoku) region where I live, but ever since the huge earthquake and tsunami that caused widespread death and destruction […]

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It is lovely to look at, and it can even be fun, but at sub-zero temperatures it has got to be one of the stickiest, most clingy substances in the universe. Until it melts, and then … yech. The town I live in has one of the most moderate climates in Japan’s Tohoku region. It

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