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Diary: seitai, bento, buses & snaps

For starters: Usual routine, photo evidence, heading for treatment by bus (with my fare card) every fibre in my adorable body fumimg in pain

Me & my bus card

(Always sunny in Okayama) #cardigan

Today’s flowers in the doctor’s office entrance foyer.

A few of my creative endeavors from poetry book to postcards to umeboshi (plus Ryoko’s wreath) on display at the doctor’s office. There are more scattered around here.

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Diary: Tossing, turning, snoring & nerves and Santa tasks

GM: Gosh, trying to do everything right but still every night is a lousy night sleep.

Tossing and turning and twitching, up-and-down, aches and pains – hoping to get up, nutrition and onto the bus for treatment but keep on wondering “is it worth it?”

Nervous about week ahead

Now: oxygen; next: dishes, bath, more oxygen, meds + supps, meditation & sleep.

{ichiro snoring beside me}

this week has a lil overnight trip to nearby Kurashiki for school event & back to hospital solo on Friday

Maybe seitai tomorrow

Trying so hard (but trying not to) <3

finding my way…

PS To my pals around the world always saying “dude, you gotta do cold plunges”

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Ikebana & Bento / brief notes from a day out {now with snapshots!}

Diary notes:

Rode bus into city with my 2 darlings to see an ikebana exhibit (Ryoko’s ceremony teacher had a piece on exhibit – no photos allowed) at a high floor in a department store.

“Noise pollution“ is huge problem for me even with earplugs. Ditto with flouro lighting.

Then acquired various bento/snacks and a street car ride for a picnic in the park with a friend.

Saw our funny passport photographer fellas shooting a kimono girl.

On bus ride home, a man gave us nice food.

Definitely more people out n about in city recently than previous couple of years (unsurprisingly of course).

Especially enjoy seeing other parents with similar age kids as we share a common experience of babies in this weird time.

Also many new art Installations around. {“Do we dream under the same sky” exhibition currently}

Now home resting… Was a lot for me but did it. #mecfs

Still quite warm and sunny here in Okayama. My outfit was sharp (natch ;)) but a bit too hot.

Tonight we’ll carve the pumpkin + noted community Halloween event on 10/30.

No accompanying photos. approximate location denoted.

Bonus: Triptychs of postbox and payphone (should be separate post, eventually will)

Japan: Travel primer / places to go, getting around, accomms, culture, etiquette and geography

A rather rough overview originally compiled in advance of friends coming to Okayama for wedding. Re-purposed in slightly more general terms for logistical convenience as needed.

See also: “Travelling to and Around Okayama, Japan,” “Japanese Culture and Language Primer” and other resources in this archive including video guides. 

Japan Ramble Primer

Japan can be intimidating, even for seasoned travellers. You arrive to massive sticker shock, tiny octopi in soup, and 30 kinds of hot canned coffee (which all taste moreorless the same) in ubiquitous vending machines. 

Japan is a long country with 80% mountains – covering several climates, from frosty Hokkaido in the north, to tropical Kyushu giving adventurous folks much opportunity to head to the outer provinces for exploration of the heady scenery of this varied archipelago. With some planning, politeness and persistence, combined with a little zen, you can find big adventures.

Indeed, it is easy to get lost in the big cities of Tokyo and Osaka – crowded with skyscrapers and twisted alleys, piled high with screaming neon clubs pumping techno, reggae or karaoke and shops piled with futuristic technological gadgets that won’t make it to North America for another decade – but, far away from the expensive hotels and talking toilets of the huge Pacific metropolis, you may find yourself soaking in alpine hot springs on a starry night, drinking sake with strangers crammed into a mountain hut after a backcountry dinner of rice, seaweed, miso and green tea.

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