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お久し振り!Long time no see!

お久し振り!Long time no see!

Greetings to you, my dear readers. After an extended sabbatical, I’ve migrated Muzuhashi to WordPress. For reasons that will be revealed here in due course, I intend to start blogging again here in the Very Near Future, but in the meantime, thank you for dropping by and as well as new content, please look forward to a slightly more eye-catching layout – just as soon as I get round to creating one, that is…

Alan Booth Part 2 – This Great Stage of Fools

Alan Booth Part 2 – This Great Stage of Fools

Way back in January 2011, one of the very first posts on this blog was about the writer Alan Booth, who lived here for more than two decades, produced two of the most well known and well liked travel books about Japan, and sadly passed away at the age of just 46. Little did I know at the time, but that post would become by far the most popular that I ever wrote – on a very small scale indeed,…

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Alan Booth

Alan Booth

Alan Booth moved to Japan in his twenties and lived here for more than half his life, until his untimely demise from cancer at the age of 46. On the face of it he would appear to have written just two books, and one of them was published posthumously, so there must be scope for a further collection of his journalism and travel writing, of which there was sufficient for him to earn a living (he doesn’t appear to have…

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End of the road?

End of the road?

When I created Muzuhashi, my expectations were high. I thought that I would become famous within the blogosphere, that scores of people would leave comments on my blog, and that I would leave comments on their scores of blogs in return. I thought that when people discovered the inherent genius of my writing skills, they would offer me work as a contributor to their newspaper / magazine / travel guide / website / front company for pyramid scheme spam emails….

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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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The ALT Insider guest post!

The ALT Insider guest post!

In the space of little more than a year, ALT Insider has become the one-stop-shop for those of us who ply our trade as token gaiji…er, I mean English teaching assistants in Japanese schools, and seeing as James – the man who rules over the ALT Insider kingdom – was kind enough to let me write a guest post for his site, in the spirit of reciprocity, here’s his contribution to the United Kingdom of Muzuhashi. Read, enjoy, and if…

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The Japlish-to-Engrish dictionary

The Japlish-to-Engrish dictionary

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every J-blogger must one day post a series of photographs depicting hapless, hopeless, surreal and / or otherwise amusing uses of the English language by the Japanese. And thus, after two years as Muzuhashi, so this day has come to pass. Some of the photos here were taken several years ago, some are of subjects that must surely have been spotted by other J-bloggers, some depict bizarre uses of the Japanese language by…

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My Encounters With Alaska by Michio Hoshino

My Encounters With Alaska by Michio Hoshino

Back in 2004 when I was working for a conversation school in Tokyo, a student of mine had an important business meeting coming up with some foreign clients, and signed up for extra lessons so that he might better understand what was going on without having to be completely reliant on an interpreter. The meeting went well, and by way of thanks, he presented myself and another teacher at the school with gifts. Mine was a book called My Encounters…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Prologue

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Prologue

As anyone who read my previous post will know, I have officially given up writing Muzuhashi. There is, though, one more thing I want to unofficially do before putting it to rest altogether, and that’s to use it as a vehicle – a bicycle, if you will – for my as-yet-unpublished (and let’s face it, almost certainly forever-unpublished) travel book.With the provisional title of Gaijin on a Push Bike, this was written about my first and longest cycle tour of…

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Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 1

Gaijin on a Push Bike – Day 1

In case you didn’t happen to read the prologue, our intrepid hero – a ten-years-younger, marginally fitter and not yet completely bald Muzuhashi – has finished preparations for his summer holiday cycle tour of Japan… Wednesday 20th July 2005 – Mito to Toridé (水戸 – 取手) There was a sign near my apartment that read ‘Tokyo 110km’, and I had given myself the best part of two days to cover that distance and catch the ferry. Having turned off the…

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