Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Snapshot of Japan

INTRODUCTION On 1 June of this year, I visited Japan. Despite my sister having lived off and on (currently on) in Japan for many years, it was my first visit to the country. I'm always excited to travel to any new country, but with Japan, my impending trip seemed to produce a great deal of … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Snapshot of Japan

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Homes Fit for Heroes — The Brigham Residence/Tokio Florist

With Homes Fit for Heroes, I normally celebrate multi-family housing. Every so often, however, I find a single-family home worth singing the praises of. Such is the case, I reckon, with the mansion at 2718 Hyperion Avenue which I re-visited for the first time after a roughly decade-long absence. In a way, it's multi-family housing … Continue reading Homes Fit for Heroes — The Brigham Residence/Tokio Florist

Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Kogal

The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog Even disregarding the sense having to do with bacteria, there are many definitions of "subculture." The longest that I've found is that of the The American Heritage┬« New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition: A group within a society that has its own shared set of customs, … Continue reading Introduction to Subcultural Anthropology: Kogal

Moon Missions and the Children of Major Tom — The End of the Space Age and the Music Which Followed

It's the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, and looking back at that achievement it's obvious that one of the many repercussions was evinced in the music of the era. In addition to the space rock of bands like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind and sci-fi minded funk acts like Funkadelic, the glam rock … Continue reading Moon Missions and the Children of Major Tom — The End of the Space Age and the Music Which Followed