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Johnraff's random links, mostly about Japan - politics, nature, culture etc.
Johnraff's random links, mostly about Japan - politics, nature, culture etc.

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The Shingetsu News Agency are a good source of independent news and analysis about Japan.
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A winter trip we took at the start of 2014 – the pics have been here on the computer, so thought I might as well put some of them up. This time I didn’t fancy driving in the snow so we took trains and buses – the Shinkansen and then local trains up to…
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Dec.31st~Jan. 3rd New Year’s Eve is surprisingly mild and pleasant, though by the time we get out to the house there are scraps of last week’s snow around, and it’s cold enough. We’re staying three nights this time, so the place might be able to warm up a…
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1st~2nd We didn’t come last week because of a Daihachi Ryodan concert at Sorairo Magatama. Winter is here, it’s been a cold two weeks with frost in Nagoya, but Sunday is surprisingly mild and clear. Autumn has been short again this year, but there are…
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3rd~4th We stay in Nagoya – there’s a private party at Raffles’. 10th~11th Grey. Cloud that comes down to the ground and mixes with the misty rain. Damp. Just like the English autumn. It starts to look quite picturesque as we get into the hills though,…
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6th~7th It’s October, but midday temperatures are still sometimes passing 30°, and Sunday is hot and sticky enough to bring ut a sweat just from loading the bags in the car. Are we going to get autumn at all before winter sets in? The rice was cut weeks…
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1st~2nd Kintora Matsuri (fun festival with music food and sake, sadly now over) in Ozone so we stay in Nagoya. 8th~9th Autumn is here. A cold front brought that interminable hot summer to an abrupt end with a torrential downpour on Wednesday (something…
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