Izu-no-Chohachi Museum

The Izu-no-Chohachi museum features the art of a locally born commoner who gained much fame during the early 18th century. The media he used in his art form was stucco (漆喰 shikkui) using a special formula that included seaweed mixed into the lime thus enabling the stucco to provide great detail while sticking to vertical surfaces. The stucco was ap...
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Familiar with Global Entry?

Fly International a lot?

Then beat the Customs-Wait-In-Line syndrome by getting both an expedited passage through US customs as well as TSA Precheck status!!!
I just signed up for Global Entry this pass month. The process was easy with most of it being accomplished online. I had to go to Sky Harbor in Phoenix for an interview which was exceedingly simple and took less than 5 minutes
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Seeing Odd Pages....Even Ones too...

This website is presently under construction and you may see some items that seem odd in that they don't conform to the style of the rest of the website.  These kind of problems will remedied over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please be patient....thanks.
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Navigating Japan: let's make it simple!

Getting around in Japan can initially be very confounding especially when you see signs everywhere in written in Kanji. But not all is lost.

Actually once you get into the swing of things, you will find getting lost can be difficult, which takes a lot of the fun and excitement out of the picture.

All you need are a few tools and you are ready to go.
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Old Tales: Creation of Izu


The story begins a long, long time ago on what was just another day. At this time, the Izu Peninsula did not exist, so when the god of Mount Fuji looked east all he could see was only the ocean. 

As he gazed, the thought occurred to him that perhaps he should create a bountiful land there. As soon as he did, he caused the seabed to rise up. A great red fire emerged from that burned day and night. Finally the burning lava cooled off hardening into the peninsula we see today.

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Japan Hit by Typhoon 12: First of It's Type in History!

Kawana Typhoon
First typhoon recorded to have approached Japan from the eastern seaboard and traverse it to the south. An omen of what is to come? Japan experiences many typhoons annually, but Typhoon 12 was the first in recorded history to ever come out of the Pacific ocean from the east and cross to the west. All other typhoons have come up from the south and t...
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