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Tue., April 7, 2009, 3:23 p.m.

Week 4: Obama, Japan


I remember earlier in the year, around election time, there were stories of Obama, Japan. It's a Japanese village located about 4 hours by train from Tokyo. Obama means little beach in Japanese. I found the town interesting not only for it's name, but for the fact that it is incredibly modern. It's town hall looks like something from the future.

Short post this week, I'm heading to a Vox meeting. Have you ever visited Japan? Do you want to?

Note: I'll get the map in later. I can't figure out how to crop it.

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