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Enough plums

Processed the last couple kgs into ume miso & ume soy sauce. Watching fermentation is great pastime for rainy days.

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Ume picking

Took advantage of a lull in the rain to scavenge our centenarian neighbour’s plum trees: 15kg of utterly sour Japanese ume plums. Made 2kg plum jam; tomorrow boil down 2l jelly & make 16l umeshu plum alcohol (‘opleggen’).

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News from Jennifer & Machiel

Hi Thomas! We are on Shikoku – Shimanto city. Did you know the city halls have libraries with free internet use? We did find the Dutch guy. Unfortunately he was an older fellow and not very sociable. I think he … Continue reading

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Newborn Japan Biker

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Braving tsuyu

Tsuyu rainy season started early this year. And as if this wasn’t enough, an out-of-season taifun struck our Kyushu shores. In the middle of it all, Jennifer & Machiel headed out on their epic 4 week journey to Kyoto. Our … Continue reading

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Amakusa Recon

Two flats (well, actually only one, being badly repaired at first) and a time trial to the ferry in Kuranomoto. Oompf, JIT. Meet up with George, our man in Ushibuka. Some serious drafting derny style behind his Cub to highlights … Continue reading

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Windows to Japan

During Golden Week, Avi & Wendy from Windows to Japan visited Izumi, kids & mother-in-law in tow. WtJ is a Kyoto based high end travel agency. The Lugasi’s enjoyed a wonderful farm stay at Utoku’s. Once Sheizaf, Yehonathan & Michiko … Continue reading

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Georgie on his Honda Cub

BBQ tonight, Miyazaki’s coming over. While meat shopping, phone call from George. On his way from Ushibuka to Yakushima, passing by Izumi around 8pm. “Do you like marinated chicken legs and wagyu steak, George ?”

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Radiation Dose Chart – putting things in perspective

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Travel warnings lifted

US & UK lift Tokyo travel warnings. Traveling to Japan is safe except for the disaster area northeast of Tokyo.

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