Rainy

Bonus!  I'm taking a quick break from the Japan posts and throwing an extra one out this week.  This is to talk about something near and dear to every Northwesterner's heart: rain. The Pacific Northwest has been pummeled by record rainfall this week, creating rivers in the streets and flooding…

A Taste of Japan: Yokohama

Apologies for posting somewhat erratically here, but I can only do so when time allows (and quite frankly, I'd rather be on vacation than write about it :)). Yokohama is a very ritzy city just south of Tokyo.  It is an area for shopping and quiet dates on the waterfront.  It…

Smoky City

I'm a bit late in posting this, but the issue is still present, though the evidence may not be. It's easy to dismiss dozens of raging wildfires consuming thousands of acres of the Northwest when it doesn't directly threaten your home or anyone you know.  However, they force their presence into the…