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The wind is blowing and knocking snow onto the roof with a thundering sound. Might be a night for earplugs! Sent from my Apple ][e

Miyajima Island part 1

Miyajima Island on Wikipedia: On December 31st, we spent the afternoon and early evening on Miyajima (“Shrine Island,” a nickname for Itsukushima, its name) because they have a fire-prevention ceremony in which people set giant torches on fire and parade them up and down the seafront. Sorry to say, there are no pictures of…


There’s this service called Bubbli (at that allows you to use your iDevice to capture your surroundings in a 360° bubble that you can then move around too look at. I just tested it out on the main room of the hanare (guest house) that we’re staying in in Arashiyama, a suburb of Kyoto….