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Month: May 2014

Mount Yamizo 八溝山

Mount Yamizo 八溝山

A couple of weeks ago I had a moment of enlightenment, or satori (悟り), as they say in Japanese. At the time I was sitting on a mossy rock, next to a pool of water, in a forest, on a mountaintop, on a cold, damp night, in the pitch dark, and with a plastic bottle in my hand. If you’re wondering how such an unlikely set of circumstances led to a transcendental experience, allow me to explain. Ask most of…

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Children of Genghis Khan

Children of Genghis Khan

One of M Jr’s great aunts gave her a doll the other day – a hand-me-down called Popo-chan who has shiny brown hair and those slightly spooky eyes that roll open and shut depending on what angle you’re holding her at. Among other things, Popo-chan came with a bed (including talking pillow), a selection of outfits and this unique bonus feature: Yes, this is the mysterious moh-kohan (蒙古斑 / Mongolian spot) that many East Asian babies are born with, and…

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