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Casa Ombuto Arrival

Today I spent the first half of the day exploring Florence.  Florence is exactly as beautiful and romantic as you think, maybe even more so.  It is interesting returning after 25 years. There is no right age to be here. … Continue reading

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Bye Bye Miss American Pie

If you have kept up with this blog, you already know that one of my fascinations is the pervasiveness of Western culture – and specifically American culture – throughout the world.  One of my favorite curiosities in my travel has … Continue reading

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Saying Farewell

In the blink of an eye, my month in Japan is complete.  Tomorrow I face approximately 22 hours of travel, door to door, but waiting for me is my own comfy bed.  My dog Leia better brace herself for a … Continue reading

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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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Subway Co-Conspirator

My favorite game in Tokyo has been “Count the Gaijin” on the subway, and until yesterday the number has consistently been “0”.  All of a sudden, they are popping up!  I have seen 4 in the past 24 hours.  Strangely, … Continue reading

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