Monthly Archives: August 2012

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I have shown you magnificent scenes of Japanese beauty, history, and grandeur.  Today, I would like to introduce you to my everyday life in Japan. I live in a studio apartment in the Shirokane neighborhood of Tokyo.  The literal translation … Continue reading

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I See No Evil

Sunday I joined an organized tour to the mountain town of Nikko and the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”.  We headed north from Tokyo for ~ 90 miles to the Tochigi Prefecture.  There is a saying … Continue reading

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Hemispheric Spillover

Back a pretty long time ago now, when I was a college undergraduate in behavioral neuroscience, I used to run all sorts of experiments on my fellow students to learn about the workings of the human brain.  No drilling – … Continue reading

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Ancient Japanese Technology

One of the things I most admire is low-tech solutions to problems.  For example, the turkey timer.  Simple and brilliant (a coil is restrained by wax with a melting point equal to the internal temperature of a cooked turkey).  I … Continue reading

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Chicken Dancing at the Tokyo Tower

In Japan, serious drinking with coworkers, supervisors, and clients is often considered part of the job.  According to business etiquette, “salarymen”  never decline an invitation for drink.  To decline is considered an insult.  These tend to be all-evening events and … Continue reading

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Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Last night, just after 7PM, my apartment started, well…the best way I have to describe it is it started to jiggle like a plate of jello for about 30 seconds.  Within a few minutes, data for the quake were available … Continue reading

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Shrines, Temples, and Gardens

Kyoto is an incredible place.  Full of sacred, historic, spectacular sites.  First, a lesson.  Recognize this? It means “Temple”  It is a common, ancient symbol.  So, when you look at Googlemaps for any part of Japan and you see these … Continue reading

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