Nagasaki: Night And Day (Part 3 of Our Summer Road Trip)

PART ONE (GERO)

PART TWO ( TRAGEDY OF NAGASAKI)

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Even a dilapidated coal-miners’ island in Japan has a mascot

One of Nagasaki’s biggest attractions is Hashima Island, a former coal mining island that housed over 5,000 at its peak. The island is tiny and it’s hard to imagine that 5,000 ever fit here.

You can see shots of the Hashima Island used in 007: Skyfall.

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Red Flags In A Friendship

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Don’t ignore red flags

I hope my experience can serve as a warning to others. Names and details have been altered to protect privacy, but this story is real. These are based on the best of my recall. It was years ago that I met the person I will call Cindy.

Cindy is the person who made me realize that you should always listen to your gut instinct. When something or someone doesn’t feel right, listen to that. Don’t let yourself get caught like I did.

When Cindy and I met for the first time in real life (until then we had been corresponding via social media) she asked me, “How many people are on your enemies’ list?”

That was the first of many, many red flags.

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Why You Need To Visit Yutoku Inari Shrine ( 祐徳稲荷神社)

DSC03553Rather than post about Day 2 of our Summer Road, I’ll instead discuss the only place we visited that day. This is one of my most off-the-beaten-path posts so far. If you travel to Kyushu by car, I recommend a visit to Yutoku Inari Shrine  (祐徳稲荷神社).

(The website can be found here.)

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My Mother-In-Law’s Emergency Surgery

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I was in the kitchen, teaching one of my students by video, when my phone began to vibrate. It was my husband, which was strange because he never calls from work unless its urgent. I let it go to message the first time, then he called again.

Apologizing to my student, I walked into the entryway and took the call.

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My Daily Life In Japan

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I’ll have a cup of routine! 

It’s a pity “routine” is seen as the antithesis of a “good” life in much of Western Culture. Growing up I was bombarded with quotes and slogans and messages from popular media that “life was meant to be lived as an adventure”. I got the message loud and clear that you weren’t living life right if you lived in a routine.

What’s sad is that this message is all wrong. We’re at our most productive when we have a good routine. The most important routines are the ones we develop for our daily life.

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