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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“There are quiet places also in the mind…But we build bandstands and factories on them. Deliberately — to put a stop to the quietness.” — Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay (1923) Back in the 1980s crackheads roamed America’s streets in jittery, ashy-lipped hordes. They symbolized the nightmare of excessive capitalism. In the 90s, cheap MDMA exploded […]
Although globalization has accelerated the process that colonialism began— integrating and importing different cultures and people into foreign lands— America remains foremost among the world as a nation of immigrants. The indigenous excepted of course, all Americans come from somewhere else. The ancestors that founded our American lines thus once upon a time endured a […]
Craft Beer – What’s On Tap for 2015 2014 was a blur of craft beer. It feels as if I was finally awakened to all of life’s infinite malt possibilities, but I know that it’s just the beginning. 2015 promises to be equally exciting and full of new and delicious surprises. The big ABV boys […]