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I’m a few days late for Hina Matsuri (ひな祭り), celebrated on March 3, but trust me, there’s always time for dinosaur courtiers.

2014 is the third year in which the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum has commemorated Hina Matsuri with a display of dinosaurs playing the role of the Heian-period courtiers. Sources describe the dinosaurs as キモかわいい (気持ち悪い+可愛い) – grotesquely cute. The Fukuiraptor is the Emperor Doll, and the Fukuisaurus is the Empress doll. (more…)

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Mr Postman, do you have a letter for me?
A letter for me
From my own true love
Lost at sea
-The Decemberists – “From My Own True Love (Lost at Sea)”

 

Tojinbo 2012 @The Lobster Dance

I wrote about Tôjinbô (東尋坊) once in 2009, when I went on a road trip to Fukui. (It seems like a million years ago.) I only posted one photo(!), so today I’ll share some from my return trip in March 2012.

The thing about living or traveling in Hokuriku is how moody the landscape seems, particularly in autumn and winter. (more…)

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It seems like the world of gender news has exploded in the last month, so I’m feeling a bit behind here. First, congrats to President Obama for coming out of the support closet on homogamous marriage in time for the election!  And now on to our regularly scheduled programming: gender stereotypes, women in Egypt, marginalization, hope for the birth dearth, Japanese PFLAG, and the best Tumblr of this administration.

From failbook.

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One of the weirder side-effects of living in the country is my obsession with to going to grocery stores in other cities. Because, oh, my god, they might have TREASURES!

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Japan has a lot of three-day weekends–nearly one every month, and they’re a great time to travel. Recently, we had our Labor Thanksgiving Weekend, and I really wanted to go on a trip. Unfortunately, where I live is sort of remote. We have some local airports that basically only get service to Tokyo and some super-express trains, but we lack an international airport or the 新幹線 shinkansen, so getting places quickly and cheaply can be difficult. Because of the night buses and the flights to Haneda Airport, Tokyo is probably the easiest place to get to. However, since I was JUST in Tokyo on business, I didn’t really feel like turning around and going right back. Luckily, some of my friends were also not interested in spending their vacation on 12-hour train rides or shelling out for plane tickets, so we decided to do something you can really only do if you live in the country:

Road trip!

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