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LIVING AMONG JAPANESE

MY JAPANESE NEIGHBORHOOD

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OUR WINTER BEACH SHONAN SURPRISES

The freezing wind blowing from Northern Pacific nearly forced us to cancel our Christmas Rough Water Swimming Charity. Except for a...

INSIDE AN OLYMPIC SECURITY TEAM 2021

A last-minute invitation to join an Olympic Security Team during the pandemic was as surprising for me as challenging for my fellow...

OLYMPIC LOCAL VIEWS: VOLUNTEERS

Though many of our friends have died during the past six months, my Japanese neighbor, Atsuko, refused to give up her Olympic dream. She...

THE GUARDIAN GODS & OUR SECOND CHANCE

Our magical journeys to the afterlife and back to our Shonan neighborhood seem as natural for many of my Japanese lifesaving friends, as...

LIVING LIFE PURPOSEFULLY

John broke the Guinness record by chance. The 12 FIFA World Cup finals on 4 continents that he attended consecutively remain vividly in...

AN AQUAMAN & 'HENNA GAIJN SWIMMING CLUB'

His crawl strokes were powerful, his endurance against waves, legendary. Some locals called him Aquaman and Kamakura bay has been his...

FALLING IN LOVE AMONG SURFERS

She fell in love with one of Shonan's leading pro-surfers while taking his lessons. Then she replaced her high heels and fashionable...

U-TURN: AN ACTOR & A CORPORATE EXECUTIVE

The acting in over 150 feature movies, and decades of managing global business ventures, didn't prevent Kato cousins to turn their lives...

OUR STRANDED DOLPHINS & POISONOUS FISH

"You could be killed by eating a poisonous blowfish (fugu) living in our Shonan Kamakura coast" my elderly fisher friends warned me on my...

JAPANESE HOT-SPRINGS & SWEDISH SAUNA

My long love affair with Swedish sauna culture and Japanese hot-springs (Onsen) would have continued longer, if it were not for a series...

HEALTH BENEFITS FROM COLD-WATER SWIMMING

The shock of suddenly following into Vikings footsteps by jumping naked into an icy forest lake remained in my memory for years. And I...

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