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The lovelife of a Polypat

Yes, it's true -- I am carrying on multiple, long-distance love affairs while being in a steady relationship right here where I live.

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Nunobiki Herb Gardens

We were welcomed by a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds, a faint fragrance of tea and roses wafting from the boutique, and a scant number of Sunday morning visitors.

Ujicha field growing green tea in Kyoto, Japan

A Spot of Tea in Kyoto’s Ujicha Tea Culture

It takes a village...so these diverse people gathered on a small plot of land next to a mountain road with a backdrop of mature tea terraces to give birth to a new "spot of tea".

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There’s Something About Sumo

Sumo wrestling is not a super-sized skin flick, nor a turbulent tussle of testosterone. It's more like...

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Many Years, Mini Gift

So, now I present to you our own little masterpiece, “Netsuke”!

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Blossom Buddies

My real friends -- the ones that soothe my soul, lift my spirits and remind me of the beauty of being a woman -- WERE all around me!