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Achenblog: August 28, 2005 - September 3, 2005

The Worst Gets Worse

    I arrived this afternoon in Kyoto, the ancient capital, land of many temples and shrines, a place the guidebook says you should spend 10 days exploring. I looked at the clock in the train station and figured I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 2, 2005; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Katrina, from Kobe

   A quick note from Kobe, Japan: Ten years ago the city was destroyed. It is immaculate today. It is bustling, clean, a charming city between mountains and sea, with not a brick out of place, no sign of 6,000...

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 1, 2005; 3:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Koizumi and his 'assassins'

    [I am typing from the Airs Cafe in Shizuoka, near the foot of Mt. Fuji. I came to see the news on Katrina which is just awful. fyi this is short because I keep hitting some goldarned button...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 31, 2005; 3:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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From Tokyo, Pondering Disaster

    I've been talking to people about the next big disaster in Tokyo, which has been planned in advance. The Tokai Earthquake is a geological possibility and a bureaucratic fact. It already has a name. It is supposed to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 30, 2005; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Shrines and Skyscrapers

    I still havent' figured out where the center of town is. The Emperor's Palace may be the center, but I haven't found it, and perhaps it is not even visible to Western eyes. I am pretty sure that,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 29, 2005; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
 
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Manfood column

    This is the point where, in lieu of doing any more original writing, I paste in my Sunday column, which this week was about manfood.     Unfortunately I can't find it anywhere on our site. The Rough...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 28, 2005; 9:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blogging Over the Yukon

    The flight to Chicago is the warm-up for the 13-hour, 10-minute flight to Tokyo, which seems fundamentally unnaturally. You are not supposed to fly to the other side of the world. It taunts the gods. It insults the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 28, 2005; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
 
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