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Friday, August 27, 2010

Summer Japan Lite Reading Festival!

It's time to catch up on some summer reading--before the summer is over! I have just returned from my annual summer disappearing act, after having committed myself to 100 percent bovine activities for the past two months, mainly serving up Moogaritas at the Moooo! Bar and doing my best to accommodate visitors to Shiraishi Island. It has been a truly great summer and I was able to meet so many great people, including many Japan Lite readers. It's nice to know we all have one thing in common--we love Japan!

Since I've been away from the newsletter for a while, I am offering up a summer medley, so you can pick and choose what you'd like to read. There are a total of six columns.

We start off with the column about how I tried to send a package abroad containing possibly explosive swimming shorts in At the Post Office in Japan, it's Case by Case

We have had one of the hottest summers on record in Japan. Read about how the Japanese deal with it in The Art of Sweating in Japan

The Seto Uchi International Art Festival was launched on July 19 and goes through Oct. 31 encompassing several Inland Sea islands. Come explore one of the islands with me in Ogijima: Man-tree Island of Art

Continuing on the topic of the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, find out one of the reasons these islands are suffering declining populations in Why Not Ride the Sushi Train to Work?

If you've ever noticed the ancient vinyl furniture still in use in many offices in Japan, you might be interested in reading Vinyl Forever: It really sticks

And last but not least, unbeknown to me, Shiraishi Island is now offering "bickles" for foreigners. Find out what they are in The Pen Mightier than the Samurai Sword

Hope you had a great summer and thanks for reading Japan Lite!

Amy Chavez

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