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Castles and Trains

Happy to report that I started the morning without a yelp of surprise. There’s something about the mattress in a capsule hotel that makes it quite impossible to think you’re waking up anywhere else. It seemed perfectly comfortable when I … Continue reading

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Sacred places and weird food

it’s kind of annoying that I don’t feel up to the task of pretending that I can’t read the notice on the inside of my capsule here; the one that says “no food or drink”, in Kanji of course. I … Continue reading

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What flavor IS maid?

Important milestones in language learning: Realizing, while purchasing the following, that I can ask, in Japanese, “What flavor is maid?” The second important milestone was that I successfully resisted the urge to do so; Japan doesn’t need my bad jokes. … Continue reading

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What a way to wake up…

Waking up in a strange bed is a pretty unsettling moment. Waking up in a strange bed in Tokyo when you’re not expecting it is really quite terrifying. My morning started like that, with a bit of sheer “where the … Continue reading

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