The furthest one can get away from the sea is as remote as it gets in Japan. This is Matsumoto, the lone guiding star in the vast inky wilderness of what was once known as Shinano, now the prefecture of Nagano. The city itself, which has seen a minor drop in population in the last five years, and yet is still so easily navigable by either bike, bus or the old fashioned way- on foot, is quite small by Japanese standards, though it packs a historic punch.
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One of things about beards is that, when men reach a certain age, they’d like to see if they can grow one. It’s a phenomenon I understand very well. After you get over the itchy face, you go, ‘Oh, I don’t have to shave, that’s cool.’ And then you move into the philosophical thing– people […]
When in Northern California do as the Humboldtians do, go crabbing. Except when there is a harmful going on. Then you don’t go crabbing. You go eating. But here’s what to do when you can go back in. Crab. Dungeness Crab. Metacarcinus magister. Named by the English Naval Captain George Vancouver after the arrowhead-shaped headland […]
What is it about storytellers’ imagination that it is inspired by the dystopian rather than the utopian? Dystopian novels are intriguing, for sure, and they reconfigure our social, political, and economic failings in a contextualized environment. They are literary caveats, Cassandra-like parables about what our world could become if we give in to our fears […]