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When you have a few hours to kill in Yokohama – Cupnoodles Museum

Entering CupNoodles Museum

I spent Thursday taking a walk around Yokohama. Before today, as far as I was concerned, Yokohama might as well be Tokyo – but it’s not, in the way that Hartford is not New York City.

It does have a very nice old port and, armed with a map, I headed […]

Baseball in Japan: Three More Games

Yokohama Stadium Lights

I’m winging my way south tonight – leaving the northern hemisphere, heading toward parts I’ve never visited before. I have been south before: South Africa and Swaziland – but I am very much biased toward the northern hemisphere in my travels.

While in Japan I attended three baseball games – on […]

The Festival of the Steel Phallus: かなまら祭り / Kanamara Matsuri

Getting the pink one in place, ready for the day’s celebrations.

Last Sunday, as promised, I made it to the Festival of the Steel Phallus in suburban(ish) Tokyo, specifically Kawasaki.

Ever had a friend who was a total dickhead? This guy’s friends can honestly say so.

Deciding what time to arrive was tricky. […]

Tinian: A difficult journey, and not just literally.

The Hinode American Memorial is in the middle of a traffic circle along Broadway.

I spent today – Easter Monday – popping over to Tinian Island – the immediate neighbor to Saipan, which is, for the record, where I am right now. Visiting Saipan, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, gets me one […]

Kanayama Shrine – the local penis-venerating shrine of my choice in Japan

I’m spending tonight in Kawasaki, Japan – which means that I’ve skipped the South Korean part of my trip. That will be addressed later.

The reason I am here is that tomorrow morning – Easter in the Christian world – Kawasaki will be hosting Kanamara Matsuri – the festival of the steel phallus.

Yes, that […]

49 States… plus DC and Guam

Me at the Southern Most Point of the 50 United States.

One of my long-term goals is to visit all 50 United States.

Such a stereotypical photo of Hawaii, eh?

My 49th State was Hawaii – time zone speaking 12 (now 11) hours different from Germany. Honolulu was supposed to be a non-stop […]

Japan – I was there.

The end of my Asian trip was Japan – I flew up there from Guam. While I enjoyed my time in Japan, the trip was too brief with too many stops, which made for a trip that, while fun, was exhausting.

Originally I had planned to fly from Guam to Hiroshima, but a mere two […]

Visiting the Itsukushima Shrine

Posing before the famous gate.

In addition to the obvious attraction, Hiroshima is also well known for the Itsukushima Shrine, a Shinto shrine with a floating gate on the nearby island of Miyajima. Reportedly it is one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan.

The Itsukushima Shrine gate.

I popped over there […]

Gay Hiroshima

I did not set out to make this trip a party trip – this trip was, first and foremost, about seeing baseball games, while engaging in a bit of nuclear tourism. But that’s not to say I didn’t look up information about gay Hiroshima.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about gay […]

Not to Carp, but I went to Hiroshima to see BASEBALL!

Welcome to Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium, 3rd base side, 14th section, row 30, seat L231.

I will readily admit that the reason for my Japanese vacation is completely and utterly insane.

I went to Japan to watch the Hiroshima Toyo Carp play baseball.

At some point it occurred to me that I haven’t been […]