Nerdtour 2012: Matsushima kaerimashita…

Today was a good day, even though it was long and tiring. I made it back to Matsushima, which was one of my primary goals for this trip. It was a mixed bag in some ways, as it seems Matsushima and the area was affected by the tsunami, and there … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: Surf, sunset, and Mount Fuji

This will be short and sweet, Wednesday I rode the Enoshima Train, or Enoshima Densha (Enoden) from Kamakura to Fujisawa, stopping along the way to see the Big Buddha (more on that later), and serendipitously caught the sun setting on a beautiful seaside town along the way. Plus, Mount Fuji! … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: Still alive!

So, I have almost fully recovered from the Cold from Hell, wasting nearly a week in the process. I’ve been out and about to a couple of places Saturday and Sunday, and saw some interesting things. I don’t have time tonight (it’s a little after midnight, early Monday morning as … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: kaze wo hikimashita…

Urgh, I’m now on day 2 of a crappy head cold. It’s a little disheartening to learn the hard way that not all Japanese care enough about the people around them to cover their faces when they have a cold. In walking through crowds to and from stations, or standing … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: Tokyo Sky Tree – No, it’s not small!

So, on a sunny but brisk, windy day, it was time for a trip to the Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest free-standing tower in the world. Trust the Japanese to make up for tiny little living spaces by building something humongous!