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Clandestine. Synonyms: covert, illicit, surreptitious, under-the-radar.
As I have mentioned in the past, taking video or photographs during performance (except by newspapers) is strictly forbidden at POP Circus.Their biggest concern is that they'll end up on youtube and no one will come to the ...
... rather then pay a hostel. Camping in Japan is allowed, nobody will come after you for trespassing. It is however not really common, as people who do this are more from the poorer side of society. So by passers may look a bit strange at you, but seeing you are an "alien", you are excused.
Some of the money I saved for not booking a hostel, I spend for a wonderful meal in a restaurant, Japanese food really is great.
To reach the smallest of ...
And the arrival of a new companion
The other (very happy) thing that has been keeping me busy is the arrival of my son, Sean. He entered Japan on September 10th, just after the circus completed our move. Because I had to be back for practice I whisked him away the day after his arrival for a quick vacation to Hiroshima. He had requested the trip before arriving in Japan and his timing was quite opportune. ...
Since I am staying next to a very famous onsen (public bath, said to be featured in Spirited Away) i thought it was about time I stopped doing so much. Unfortunately, I am not really into baths, not even alone, so a bath with a bunch of strangers is just not my deal (believe Me, I have done it many times), but people here are ...
... watching the Botchan Karakuri Clock go off at 10:00. One of the area's claims to fame is being the setting of a famous book, Botchan, by Natsume Soseki. Famous characters and scenes from the book adorn the clock and move after the clock rises up from its base on the hour.
My next sight was related to another claim to fame, a haiku post box. Matsuyama was the birthplace of Masaoka Shiki, said to be one of the masters of the haiku poem. Throughout the city there are post ...