Tag Archives: Dan Asenlund

Excerpts from my Japan Journal, 2007-08

September 23, 2007 On the train from Hakata to Beppu, just past Kurosaki. Heading east for the first time in a long while. Chewing on sembei crackers brought from Sachiko in her family store in Ogi, Arita, with Chris before … Continue reading

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Donald Richie, Yasunari Kawabata and a lifelong dream come true

I can’t remember exactly when I first stumbled upon the name Donald Richie, but it was probably at one of my Japanese literature classes at the University of Oregon about ten years ago. Later, studying Japanese film, his name showed … Continue reading

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Fallen Blossoms

A short story The wind had already ripped the first cherry blossoms of the year off their fragile branches as a man silently walked up the hill toward Hanaokayama Park. It was his second time in Kumamoto, but not much … Continue reading

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To be born in the wrong time – and the right at the same time

(originally published in Swedish on a game site community) I’ve always cursed myself for being born in the wrong time, far away from all the action. While my grandparents saw Sweden blossom in the years following the Second World War, … Continue reading

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