Monday, December 31, 2007

Best of KPIJ

Some of what I consider the best entries in terms of writing and substance from this past year on Keeping Pace in Japan. Will report on Narita fingerprinting when I return on Thursday.

February
Talking with a Naked Yakuza - my experience in one of Beppu's finest onsen, and an exercise in humility.

March
Not entirely sure this is legal - the discovery of a racially discriminating sign at a club in Hiroshima.

April
Safety in Japan - pretty self-explanatory.

May
Ikkoku Mairi - hiking through the mountains of Shikoku following in the footsteps of Buddhist monks.

June
Quarter of a Century Gone by - short, but sweet; my birthday in Japan compared with that a year prior in the states.

July
The Truth About AEON - a seven-part series covering all aspects of this major eikaiwa.

August
Call to Arms - taking action against fingerprinting.

September
More than Sulfur, a Peaceful Getaway - my first excursion to one of the smaller islands south of Kyushu, Ioujima.

October
Nibble Nibble - a most unusual onsen featuring flesh-eating fish.

November
Nakanoshima: Listening to Moonlight - adventures on one of the smaller islands in the Tokara chain, featuring wild horses, an observatory, and great hot springs.
Running in Fear - news spoof article about gaijin card checks and the Tokyo Marathon.

December
Adoption in Japan - spending Christmas with some children at an orphanage.

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