Tsukuba, Japan…Science City or Spider City??

I snapped this picture last weekend. Yes, it's a real spider.  Weird, right?

Tsukuba is a Japanese town that’s renowned for it’s dedication to all things science. This city is a town full of kind-hearted, hard-working researchers from just about every scientific field you can think of: pharmaceutical research, earthquake research, environmental research, aeronautics, medical research, chemical research... Did you know that JAXA, Japan’s program for training astronauts, has its headquarters right here in Tsukuba? I have had the pleasure of actually getting to teach Continue Reading …

Enoshima, Japan Picture Post Three

A view of Enoshima from higher up.  Umm...OKAY!?!

This is third and last of the Enoshima picture posts. This last post just shows some of the other pics taken around Enoshima during my late summer trip. I don't know what Enoshima is like year-round, but if you can go, I think it's a cool place to check out. In the words of Starsky and Hutch..."Do it. Do it." :D Enoshima Picture Post Three Thanks for reading and looking. See you tomorrow, everybody! Donald Ash Continue Reading …

Enoshima, Japan Picture Post Two Iwaya Cave

One view of the Enoshima Cave.

This is a continuation of yesterday's Enoshima Picture Post. During my trip Yuks (Yukiko's nickname...pronounced "Yooks" not "Yuks" she says) and I went on a small cave tour which was pretty interesting. Here are some of the pics from that small excursion. Inside of the cave there was an interesting legend that told the story of how Enoshima came to be here's how it read: "A Heavenly Maiden and A Dragon with Five Heads (The Legend of Enoshima) Once upon a time, a fearful dragon with Continue Reading …

Enoshima, Japan Picture Post One

When I think of Enoshima this is the view I image

It’s always nice to get out of Tsukuba for a while just to see what I can see. I remember really enjoying my visit to Kamakura back in 2010. Simply put, it was awesome. I remember the sights, the shrines, the Buddha, and one too many servings of matcha ice cream (I freakin’ love that stuff). Despite the trip being so much fun, I had one regret. I didn’t have the chance to stop by Enoshima while I was there. I made a brief excursion to Shonan Beach, but not Enoshima. I heard that it was a Continue Reading …

What I Did Wrong During the Japanese Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Donnie

It was clear, cool evening in Tsukba and I was riding my bike home when, off in the distance, I saw a face that I recognized. It was my good buddy Gareth from the old AEON teaching days (the dude in the video games music post with). My smile flattened when I saw his face. He looked mortified, his clothes were ripped...it looked like he’d just been in the fight of his life. He rode over to me as fast as he could...terrified: Gareth: We gotta go...right now! Donald: Wait. What? What’s Continue Reading …