Monthly Archives: August 2016

Summer at Jones Beach, Again

So here I am writing once again about Jones Beach. (I wrote about it before here and here.) It’s strange. My kids and I love the place. We’ve gone there several times this summer already, but many friends in the … Continue reading

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5 Books on Japan’s Role in World War II

August 15 this year marks the 71st anniversary of Japan’s surrender and the end of a war that had cost so many lives and continues to cast a long shadow over relations between Japan and its neighbors (particularly China and … Continue reading

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Dead Season

In Kyoto, the Obon festival in honor of the spirits of ancestors falls around the middle of August. The day of the festival varies according to region and the type of calendar (solar or lunar) used. The Kanto region, including … Continue reading

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