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No One Wins – Multibasket by Llobet & Pons on Teshima is one of the most fun things of Art Setouchi
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No One Wins - Multibasket by Llobet & Pons, on Teshima, is one of the most fun artworks of Art Setouchi.
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The official Twitter account of the Louvre Museum (more than 300k followers) just retweeted one of my blog posts...
Wow..
Now we'll see the actual power (or lack thereof) of Twitter for generating traffic.
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The beautiful cave paintings in southern France sealed off from the world for 20,000 years http://bbc.in/1d8a5pC
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I wish I can go one day (when?).
Actually, it's not a first, the same was done with Lascaux about 20 years ago. Don't tell me you missed it when you were in Dordogne. (there are also a couple original ones that can still be visited)
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How to tell it's grading season in other countries.
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Ibukijima a un chouette petit musée très instructif sur la culture et l'histoire de l'île.
http://ogijima.fr/musee-ibukijima/
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Le Musée d'Ibukijima est minuscule, mais très instructif sur la culture de l'île.
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To give you some context about the islands and the art I constantly talk about.
https://griffithreview.com/articles/abandoned-islands-as-art-galleries/
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Mmm... There are about three or four political trucks in my neighborhood at the moment... All with loud speakers as loud as possible to cover the non-speeches of the other ones... This is getting beyond insane and ridiculous.
Can anyone with a better understanding of Japanese culture than me can explain this to me?
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And the worst part is that I forgot to take the pictures of the funny (as in "ridiculous" posters) and they'll probably be gone next time I think about doing it.
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The Setouchi Triennale 2016 is in 11 months, but we can already "feel" it (and even see its first new artwork on Naoshima).
(Courtesy Vincent Hecht) Sou Fujimoto's white stainless steel mesh structure fronting the shoreline in Kagawa, Japan, draws the eye for its seemingly rando
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Meanwhile, on Ogijima...

(I can't believe I haven't been to the island in two months... Every Sunday since mid-February something prevented me from doing so... Let's hope this coming one works out).
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Still not... I'm starting to think I'm cursed. I should be there now as I'm typing these lines, but every single Sunday since mid-February something prevented me from going (I had to work three Sundays, was sick two or three more, it rained a lot every other week-end... and today, my wife is the one who is sick)...
Wednesday is a holiday in Japan, so that's gonna be my next attempt.
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If you've ever experienced a non forty-hour workweek lifestyle, this article will sound very familiar to you...
If you haven't, it's even more important that you read this.
By David Cain, raptitude.com Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life…
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Pines in Ritsurin Garden are amazing all year long.
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Agen, France - Paris, France - Morgantown, WV - Gainesville, FL - Bordeaux, France - Toulouse, France
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I was a monster in the classic Dr. Who and the hero of two Bollywood action movies. The first time I ever went online, back in 1997, I had a vision. The Internet was going to bring humankind to a Golden Age, a new period of Enlightenment, the best of possible worlds. Instead, we got lolcats.
Introduction
Born and raised in a small town in South-West France, I soon realized that the world was not limited to that town, neither my region and not even my country.

So, I decided to see the world. However, I'm not too big on traveling when it consists in visiting famous places surrounded by countless of other tourists. Also, I have a tendency to simply move to the destinations I'm interested in.

That's pretty much how I ended up living in seven cities in three countries in the past 20 years.

Nowadays, it seems that I have settled down, you know, with a steady job, a wonderful wife and a lovely daughter, but I still believe the most interesting places in the world are the ones outsiders don't know about, the ones that are not in travel guides. One of my main activities online is to introduce the world to my new home, one of the most wonderful parts of Japan, with this blog: Setouchi Explorer.

I don't forget my home area (also one of the most wonderful parts of France) and the other parts of the world I'm familiar with on David + World.

That being said, blogging is not my only activity online as you'll see if you peruse my posts.


Some quotes I like or even try to live by:

"It's not about what happens to you, you have no control over that. It's about how you deal with what happens to you, that you can control."

"I didn't know if it was any good or not, but that didn't matter. I had written something new and fresh I hadn't written before and it felt wonderful." (Neil Gaiman - Smoke & Mirrors)

"Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? "

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That'll teach you to keep your mouth shut." 
(Ernest Hemingway)

"Nature has no laws, only habits."
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I used to be cool.
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I washed ashore one of the Seto Inland Sea islands one day of 2009 and never was the same ever since. My main hobby is trying to turn Japan into a bilingual country. I also write a blog post here and there when time allows.
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Teaching, Blogging, French, English
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"David @ Ogijima"
Cute little pastry shop. You can eat upstairs (with drinks included). The cakes are a hit or miss. We tried four of them, two were delicious, the other two were just OK.
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Your visit of Ritsurin Garden is not complete without a stop at Kikugetsu-tei, a great traditional building that doubles as a big tea house. You can drink some matcha there, or simply enjoy the amazing view of the lake.
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Your departing point to go to the neighboring islands. It's a great place to hang out and spend some relaxing time outdoors, on the coast without having to go far. There usually are various events on the weekends, including the Sanuki Marché (that only sells delicious local food) most Sundays.
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The place to go if you're a Ghibli lover. They also sell various items for babies and newborns that can make great presents for new moms. It's not exactly cheap, but I've never seen another store that has such a diverse selection of Ghibli paraphernalia.
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Well, how to talk about the Ritsurin Garden in other words apart from "one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan if not in the world" ? Definitely a must-see.
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They have Anpanman characters made of bread. My kid loves them. And they're indeed pretty good.
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Great bakery. You can also eat some quick snacks there.
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