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On Letting Go of a Tree Branch in Japan

There’s about 4,000 kids outside my apartment screaming about cherry blossoms. 

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On Running in Japan

For the listener, who listens in the snow, And, nothing himself, beholds Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is. – Wallace Stevens, “The Snowman” Japan makes me anxious.

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On Seasons, or: On Poets Taking Over the Japanese Meteorological Service

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – The Great Gatsby There’s a central body in Japan that declares the coming and going of rain. That means that there is a weather bureaucracy, and someone stamps … Continue reading

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On Like Totally Living in the Now in Japan, You Know?

Japan probably has more temples, shrines and gardens per capita than garbage cans or benches.

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