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Thunder and Lightning Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Blue Sky Lightning

Due to all the 雨 (あめ/rain) we had over the last 2ヶ月 (にかげつ/two months), I’ve thoroughly got 雷 (かみなり/lightning) on the brain. We don’t get 雷 *every* time 雨が降る (あめがふる/rain falls), but we still get it a lot. I personally love to sit at a 窓 (まど/window) with a cup of 紅茶 (こうちゃ/ black tea) and…

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Temple Hopping in Tokyo (Video) Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

Tokyo is known around the world as a bustling metropolis, full of skyscrapers, neon lights, and millions upon millions of people. The Japanese capital also has quite a few peaceful temples and shrines, where one can escape the madness of the busy streets. Take a short tour through two of these – the Senso-Ji Buddhist…

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Temple Hopping in Tokyo Posted by on Jul 25, 2012

Arriving in the city proper, our first order of business was figuring out how to navigate the incredibly complex Tokyo subway system. First of all, there are different companies operating lines – the Tokyo Metro (東京メトロ) and the Toei (都営). The good news is you can get anywhere you want in the city; the bad news…

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Mother Nature is Angry Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

Landslide2

As I mentioned last month, the 梅雨 (つゆ/rainy season) runs from late 5月 (ごがつ/May) to mid-late 7月 (しちがつ/July), depending on the area that you live in. As scheduled, the 雨 (あめ/rain) hit during that time, but 今年 (ことし/this year) there was a lot more than average. In fact, many areas received more 雨 in a…

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Hajimemashite, Japan Posted by on Jul 17, 2012

こんにちは Transparent Japanese blog! My name is Sasha, and I’ll be a guest writer/video producer on the blog for the next few months. As I currently reside in Beijing, you can usually find me on the Chinese blog. I’ve also contributed to both the Thai and Spanish pages, so if you’re interested in China, Thailand…

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