Kinugasa Castle Ruins

I decided to go on a mini hike in my backyard and finally found the ruins of Kinugasa castle. All that is left is the foundation stones. It was build in 1063 Heian period and fell during the battle of Kinugasa in 1187. I can't find much info on it. According to Wikipedia "During the …

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The First Week

It's Sunday here in Japan and the first week of the new year is coming to a close. I went back to work, caught up with my massive pile of tasks, and got assigned a few new projects. On the physical fitness front, I kicked ass. I made sure to make time for plenty of …

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Climbing Mt. Fuji

Last weekend, after a bit over half a year of living in Japan, the wife and I accomplished one of our long term goals, climbing Mt. Fuji. It was a unique once in a lifetime experience that left me with mixed feelings. Climbing Mt. Fuji managed to be a rewarding challenge and a bit of …

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A week of Typhoons, Fun Runs, and finally Fuji.

This week started off exciting. A Typhoon was scheduled to make landfall on Monday. Everyone panicked, trains stopped running, work was canceled, and I brought all my outdoor stuff inside. I was excited. My first typhoon in Japan. Honestly I didn't even know what a typhoon was so I had to look it up on …

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Hiking and Writing

In about two weeks the wife and I are going to climb Mt. Fuji. I'm excited because climbing Fuji has always been one of my life goals. Something I have always wanted to do as far back as I can remember. In order to prep for the climb and also because we love doing it. …

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Kamikochi Nature Trail — Gains Before Grains

  This past weekend Judy and I took a 5 hour drive west to Nagano Prefecture home of Japan's Alps. We spent the day hiking this beautiful trail admiring the gorgeous environment. We even ran into a pair of Snow Monkeys. Hop on over to Judy's blog and check out some great pictures. Japan is …

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LBC, family, writing, update, and preparing for Japan.

Finally after several hectic days I have the time and focus to sit down and knock out a quick update. Last Thursday the Wife and I packed the rest of our possessions and took the 109 mile trip to Long Beach. I'm really going to miss San Diego, by far the best city in all …

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