Take a Walk Through Tokyo With Me

It’s been quiet here in Road Wisdom land, but it’s the silence of distant places rather than the silence of inactivity that has fallen over my blog…

Happy Gnu Year 2011!

Happy Gnu Year!

It’s been several weeks since I’ve had a chance to write. I’ve been offline in the South Pacific, and now in northern Japan celebrating the New Year Japanese-style. It’s the big family holiday here (rather than Christmas), with lots of amazing food and far too much to drink.

Tokyo Pose

 

A few more notes from my recent trip to Japan (and then we’ll get back to North Korea)…

Today I’d like to talk about one of the coolest cities in the world, a place where I lived from 2000 to 2002.

Sumo Size Me

 

My apologies for the long delay since my last update. I’ve been in Japan for the past couple weeks and just returned home.

We’ll get back to North Korea very soon. But first I’d like to share with you a few images from this last trip…

A Postcard—Teaching ESL in Japan

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The tortured sounds of the alphabet song drifted across the lobby for the fifth time that day. From the next room, rising above the muffled voices, I heard, “Teacher, what does it mean, ‘feces’?” I sighed and rubbed my eyes, fighting sleep.

Painted Maidens Aren’t Always What They Seem

Spring always reminds me of the years I spent in Japan. The damp chill of Tokyo winter gives way to gentle warmth. There’s a sense of optimism in the way people walk, and a smile hovers at the corners of every mouth. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.