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homeless, japan, osaka

On the way to work I was reminded of Osaka-jo and the blue tarpaulins of the homeless.

by Aidan Rasmussen

Wellington — I lived in Daikokucho, a short walk from Nanba and the entertainment district of Shinsaibashi, one subway stop north of gangland Osaka, den of supposed iniquity, home to Eastern European ‘hostesses’, junkies and one of Japan’s largest homeless communities. My students urged me to look for a safer neighbourhood. I would smile and shrug at their earnest appeals, secretly enjoy the idea of being so ...

#100HappyDays, blossoms, Happiness

Day 25 #100HappyDays: Pom-Pom

by So-Shan Au

Surbiton — This pink pom-pom swinging in a blooming white blossom tree put a smile on my face so it’s my photo for today. It’s outside one of my favourite local church buildings. I like the bell tower and conica...

#100HappyDays, blossoms

Day 38 #100HappyDays: Sakura carpet

by So-Shan Au

Surbiton — A pleasant day to myself - packing, pottering, gardening and reading. I love the pink carpet of blossom petals, strewn all over lawns and roadsides.

Regent's Park, #100HappyDays, blossoms

Day 3 #100HappyDays: Blossoms

by So-Shan Au

London — A happy day at work as I got a bit of good news on a project I have been working on recently. It’s nice to see your hard work come to fruition. So I celebrated with a dance around the blossom trees i...

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