I Feel A Draft #5: Top Ten Things to Do Around Saitama…

Saitama, Japan is a great place to live, personally speaking. Known for many historical sites and places (Tokorozawa Airfield is one that comes to mind) cities like Omiya, Urawa and Kawagoe have everything that Tokyo and its suburbs have to offer, while nestled in the countryside. There are still plenty of transportation options, that match …

I Feel A Draft #4: Making Wood Last with Fire, Not Paint: A Japanese Technique

A very interesting Japanese technique to try!! Called Shou Sugi Ban 焼杉板 (or Yakisugi), this technique is used for exterior or interior wood surfaces. Being a woodworker before, I had never heard of this technique. The only preservation technique that I knew of was stain and varnish. Please comment below!! http://www.offgridquest.com/fload/diy/japanese-technique Here is a video, …

First Alex Pic of 2019…and An Afternoon at Hikawa

We took a brief outing to our local Toys R Us in Minami-Furuya New Year's morning, for the first time in a long time. The weather has been great all week...I'm thankful for that. The store wasn't that busy either...don't know if that is good or bad, considering the company filing bankruptcy not long ago. …