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J'avoue que Candy Crush Saga n'est pas vraiment le genre de loisirs qui aurait stimulé mon imagination...
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Ouais, mais avec les Lego, on ne pouvait pas arriver au niveau 956.
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Texas flooding? QUICK, lower their taxes and get the free market to come to rescue them!
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Shorter Valls: "Pour lutter contre la propagande sur Internet, nous allons faire de la propagande sur Internet. Mais comme c'est la nôtre, saypapareï."
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Alors que la Chine a déjà son "armée de l'ombre" depuis une dizaine d'années pour faire la contre-propagande sur le Web, le Premier ministre
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There recently was a photography contest on Ogijima. Here are the results. Without surprise, Nakano-san won (Nakano-san is probably one of the most amazing photographers I have ever met, and he's also a Ogijima lover).

I'm glad to say that I won a prize too.
Ironically, at first, I was a bit reluctant to send this picture because it shows a somewhat negative side of the island, the one we're trying to curb as much as possible.
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男木島,瀬戸内海,香川,島,アート,瀬戸内国際芸術祭,オンバファクトリー,川島猛,漆の家,お知らせ
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Indeed, but the situation is a bit different than an old abandoned barn in the countryside. Keep in mind that on the island there are probably as many (if not more) abandoned houses than non-abandoned houses.
I'm not talking about hiding that reality either, just that I wanted to convey a more positive image of the island in the context of this photo contest, which inscribes itself in the many activities that are part of the revitalization of the island.
But I won a prize, so I guess the judges/islanders are OK with it. :-)
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Le truc que les gens qui "n'ont rien à se reprocher" ne captent pas, c'est que personne n'a jamais rien à se reprocher et là n'est pas la question. Le truc c'est quand le pouvoir a quelque chose à vous reprocher:
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Dans le cadre du projet de loi sur le dialogue social et l’emploi, un amendement porté par le gouvernement veut lutter contre la fraude des inscrits à Pôle Emploi. Comment ? En armant ses agents d’un droit de communication, quand bien même celui-ci malmènera à coup sûr la vie privée de millions de personnes.
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Aujourd'hui, je vous emmène ailleurs qu'au Japon. :-)
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Dans les prairies de Tagong en Chine, les cavaliers Khampas de tradition tibétaine, se réunissent une fois par an pour parader lors du Festival du Cheval.
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The thing is that I don't think it misrepresents anything. Nowhere it is implied that it should costs $1.
And believe me, Americans know how hospital billing works. As opposed to us they actually do get billed. I think that's the whole point here.
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I knew he reminded me of someone!
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Sports Day on Ogijima, way more fun that you may imagine. http://setouchiexplorer.com/sports-day-on-ogijima/ #japan #sportsday #undokai #ogijima #男木島
  Sunday was Sports Day on Ogijima! If you know a little bit about Japan (and I assume you do if you're reading this), you may already know a little b
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Sous la pression américaine, l’Union européenne aurait renoncé à interdire des dizaines de pesticides liés à des cancers et des perturbations hormonales pour faci...
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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"
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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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Takamatsu, Japan
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Agen, France - Paris, France - Morgantown, WV - Gainesville, FL - Bordeaux, France - Toulouse, France
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Not gonna lie, I'm not a huge fan of Tadanori Yokoo (I don't hate his works either, don't get me wrong), but the building on the other hand is amazing, with a special mention to the "tower".
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The shrine is very small, but its location (at the border between the village and the forest), the art that is incorporated in it, as well as the fountain (the water is drinkable) makes it a rather otherworldly place. I make sure to stop there pretty much every time I go to Teshima.
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A must-stop place for strawberry lovers. All the desserts are delicious. And by the way, the strawberries are grown on the island (probably even by the owners of the place, although I'm not 100% sure).
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A lot of people go visit the Oni cave because they find it on a guide book, or because they are told that this is the thing to visit on Megijima. Thing is that this cave is not that interesting at all, except if you have young children (then it's very fun).
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The temple itself is nothing out of the ordinary (although it was closed when I went and I didn't get inside). The statues in the yard are very beautiful.
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The shrine looks half abandoned, and it almost is. However, I always find it to be an interesting visit. It represents for me the epitome of the mysterious shrine that's far from the world (in an isolated corner of an isolated island), sitting in between the real world and a more mystical or even magical one.
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Tamamo Garden suffers from two things: - Comparison with nearby Ritsurin Garden. - The fact that people usually expect to find a castle there when they visit, and leave disappointed as most of the castle is long gone. The thing is that Tamamo Garden is a very different kind of garden than Ritsurin is. It's main interest is historical and not aesthetic. And while you won't find what people usually call a Japanese castle (i.e. the main tower of said castle), there is plenty of interesting things to find there: - The saltwater moat, a very rare thing. - The tsukimi tower, which dates from the 17th Century. - The main building (open to the public only a few days a year and on special events). In other words don't dismiss it because you didn't have the right expectations about it.
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