January 2010

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    Ash Report: 01/26

    A particularly large amount of ash flew over the Osumi peninsula this morning. The cloud followed me from Kanoya to my school in Nejime, leaving my car nicely coated in gray. Slowly creeping over the apartment. Looking south. Mos Burger’s bright red a-frame roof, soon to be less bright red. A JSDF plane flies into […]

    January 26th, 2010

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    A pool hidden in plain sight, amongst other things.

    Despite not having classes, today ended up being quite busy. The morning started out with three letters in my mailbox at school: In case you are curious, the numbers on the outside are chosen by students (and teachers!) so they do not have to put their name. When I reply, I write their number on […]

    January 25th, 2010

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    The Black God (黒ネ申)

    Sakurajima erupting under the waxing gibbous moonlight. We were greeted with the same hail-stone pelting of ash to and from the Sakurajima Ferry yesterday. Driving through it was quite an experience. The cloud blocked out both Sun and Moon, swirling around passing cars and headlights. The Black God continues breathing.

    January 24th, 2010

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    Tsukiji

    January 23rd, 2010

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    A Collection Begins: めんこ

    Menko, めんこ, is a game very similar to Pogs (admit it, you owned some pogs). The cards (also called Menko) are made from thick cardboard and were originally found inside packs of cigarettes and candy. The objective of the game is to flip your opponent’s card over by tossing down one of your own. If […]

    January 13th, 2010

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    Gray Snow

    This morning I woke up to see around 6cm of snow outside my kitchen window. I couldn’t believe it actually snowed here. Sure enough, there it was covering the base of Mt. Ontake right outside my kitchen window. Finally, wiping snow off of my car instead of ash. A nice change of pace… it almost […]

    January 13th, 2010

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    Yokohama at a glance

    January 11th, 2010

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    A snow capped Kaimondake

    My co-workers told me it was a rare site to see snow on Kaimondake. This was taken around 7:30AM on the way to Nejime. When I looked out of the window at school around 9, the white peak had disappeared.

    January 11th, 2010

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    Welcome Home. Yours Truly, Sakurajima

    I can think of no more fitting reception upon my return to Kagoshima than a massive plume of ash from Sakurajima. Here you can see the cloud being split by the Takakuma mountain range. This was the view from my kitchen window just after the taxi dropped me off at my apartment. A deceptively gentle […]

    January 4th, 2010

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