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Japanning

Japanning sounds a lot like trepanning (there’re seven letters in common, stay with me), the ancient ‘medicinal’ practice of drilling a hole in someone’s skull to release bad spirits – you may remember hearing about it if you ever read Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’. Coming to Japan feels, in a way, a lot like
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Birthdaying

This is the least fanfare I’ve ever had for a birthday. I’ve finally surpassed the youthful landmarks of 18 and 21, effectively lapsing into the kind of non-chalant birthday malaise that I thought I’d always evade. I thought I’d always want a big cake and a party, a bunch of presents and the acknowledgement of