In the realm of fall's senses

| Oct 17, 2008

In the realm of fall's senses

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With autumn nipping at the air, deciduous trees are primed to put on a color display known in Japanese as koyo. Though usually written with Japanese characters for “crimson” and “leaves,” koyo can also be written with the characters for “yellow” and “leaves” when ...

I ain't afraid of those ghosts

| Jul 18, 2008

I ain't afraid of those ghosts

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There are lots of yureizaka (phantom slopes) in Tokyo, and at least seven of them have been spooking lily-livered pedestrians since the Edo Period (1603-1867). The slope I head for, in broad daylight, slants through the somnolent graveyards of old temples from the early ...