Tag Archive: Japan

Nov 30 2009

Travel Mode – Mount Takao

It appears that I flew nearly three thousand miles in order to take a hike in the woods… Mind you, it was a nice hike in the woods! Before I left Seattle I had searched for ‘festivals’ near Tokyo and came up with Momiji Matsuri (Maple Leaf Festival) on Mount Takao (Takao-san to the Japanese). …

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Sep 05 2007

Japan: Riding the Shinkansen

Sep 04 2007

Nippon 2007 Worldcon Review

In many ways Nippon 2007 is one of the most enjoyable large conventions I have ever attended. I had a great time and my irritations were minor. However, it appears I was one of the (many) lucky ones. I did hear many expressions of pain from the English-speaking volunteer staff. In the con’s defense I …

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Sep 04 2007

Worldcon day 5

Morning started early. Anita and I did our usual online stuff and packed everything up, checking out of our room by nine and dropping off our suitcases to be picked up by our tour company. (For the trip we had purchased a ‘tour’ for the con that included airfare, con hotel, hotel in Tokyo for …

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Sep 02 2007

Worldcon day 4

I started the day with an energy deficit, not surprising after putting in such a full day yesterday. Still, I managed to drag my (slightly hungover) ass out of bed by 10:00 and go with Anita to get some breakfast. (Actually it was second breakfast for Anita, she had left early while I was still …

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Sep 02 2007

Worldcon day 3

Wow! What a busy day! I’m going to have to just skim the highlights if I don’t want this to turn into a Novella… I had nothing scheduled for the Worldcon today and there was nothing on the schedule of more than mild interest except the Hugo awards in the evening, so Anita and I …

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Sep 01 2007

Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners for 2007

Best Novel: ‘Rainbows End’ by Vernor Vinge Best Novella: ‘A Billion Eves’ by Robert Reed Best Novelette: ‘The Djinn’s Wife’ by Ian McDonald Best Short Story: ‘Impossible Dreams’ by Tim Pratt Best Related Book: ‘James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon’ by Julie Phillips Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Best …

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Sep 01 2007

Newsflash: Randy Byers wins Hugo!

My friend fringefaan won a Hugo tonight for his part in the team of editors that produced the Best Fanzine for 2007: Science-Fiction Five-Yearly. Yay Randy! Full list of winners in just a few minutes…

Aug 31 2007

Worldcon day 2

Tired, hot, and sweaty. Those are the relevant adjectives for me tonight. The theme today is ‘moisture’… Anita and I got up pretty early and left the hotel around seven, looking for coffee and something for Anita to eat. We found a little coffee shop in Queen’s Square mall. Afterwards we decided to walk to …

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Aug 30 2007

Worldcon day 1

Well, it is early evening on the first day of the Japan SF Worldcon. Anita and I are relaxing in our room and planning a dinner trip. Both of us are feeling the effects of jet lag, but we are going to tough it out and go to bed at the normal local time. The …

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