I love Japan


I’ve written about Japan before. I’ve never been there but always wanted to go. (James Taylor sang that about Mexico once.)

Anyhow, the thing that fascinates me about Japan is how they think so differently than Americans. I mean, you would never see a Hello Kitty popcorn machine in the USA!

(I stole the pic from Tokyobling’s Blog. The author is an expat living there and often has some fascinating stuff to show us all.)

Maybe someday I’ll get to go! Until then, I’ll visit Japan via Tokyobling and Shift Magazine. Shift was what got me started into the Japan thing — though I haven’t cruised their site much in the last few years.


You can’t get there from here


When I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I had a few hours between the end of my conference’s events and dinner. So I did some sight-seeing. Since I was so close to Lake Michigan (nearly an ocean), I thought it would be a crime to not go to the “sea”-front. On my return journey, I went up a stairwell to cross a major road. Maybe I should not have done that.

The stairwell was basically not meant to be used anymore. It exited right on the major road with no sidewalk!

But I went anyway. It was more adventurous — and direct.

Takeaway: sometimes — no, often — the less common path has greater rewards.