Train Stories #11: Between the Rice Fields

I’m usually sleepy and a little disgruntled on my Saturday morning train rides to work, but on a balmy morning last month, something inside of me was awakened – a realization that in another life, I was probably a Japanese Buddhist nun. Every Saturday for work, I commute from the city center to a smaller […]

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Train Stories #8: The Boy in Blue

“I am a rock. I am an island.” -Simon & Garfunkel Everything about him was blue — from the frame of his glasses to the sad, doe-eyed look in his eyes. When riding a local train recently from Naoetsu to Namerikawa — about a two-hour journey —a boy dressed in nearly all blue sat in the seat […]

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