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島根 September — Canal Farewell · I sup­pose that’s about enough words & pic­tures from around Shi­mane pre­fec­ture. Here are a few farewell shots from the Mat­sue city canal-boat tour ...
 
島根 September — Washi in Yakumo · In 1902 a boy named Eishi­rou Abe was born in Yaku­mo, a vil­lage in Shi­mane; he took up the lo­cal trade, mak­ing Washi pa­per, and ex­celled; in 1968 he was des­ig­nat­ed a Liv­ing Na­tion­al Trea­sure. He died in 1985, but his work­shop is still there; you can vis­it it, look at lots of beau­ti­ful pa­per, and make it your­self. Our Ru­by road trip stopped there and we did those things ...
 
島根 September — Garden and Museum · That’s the Adachi Mu­se­um of Art, and es­pe­cial­ly its as­so­ci­at­ed gar­den which has been vot­ed (by an authoritative-sounding gar­den­ing mag­a­zine) the best in Ja­pan for a half-dozen years now. Our road trip stopped there, alas for on­ly an hour, and I took pic­tures ...
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島根 September — Ruby Road Trip · Our sto­ry thus far: a gag­gle of gai­jin are in­vit­ed to hold forth at RubyWorld 2009 in a little-noticed cor­ner of Ja­pan. The con­fer­ence was on Mon­day and Tues­day; Wed­nes­day they took us on a scenic Shi­mane tour. Matz and Ko1 and Prof. Takeuchi came along, and I got pic­tures so you can too ...
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島根 September — Liking Matsue · I’ve writ­ten a lot about Tokyo and ear­ly on, I said “Tokyo doesn’t need you to like it”. Wel­l, Mat­sue wants you to like it. Al­so, Tokyo is, by and large, butt-ugly while Mat­sue, by and large, isn’t ...
 
島根 September — Kunibiki Messe · The RubyWorld 2009 con­fer­ence was held at Matsue’s own con­fer­ence cen­ter, Ku­nibi­ki Messe. It’s a cool place and I couldn’t re­sist tak­ing a bunch of pic­tures ...
 
島根 September — RubyWorld · The rea­son I went to Ja­pan was to at­tend RubyWorld 2009, a con­fer­ence cen­ter­ing around the Ru­by pro­gram­ming lan­guage. The rea­son the con­fer­ence was in this rather re­mote cor­ner of Ja­pan is that Mat­sumo­to Yuk­i­hi­ro (known to geeks as “Matz”), the in­ven­tor of Ruby, choos­es to live and work in Mat­sue, and the city and pre­fec­ture gov­ern­ments are try­ing to use his pres­ence as lever­age in di­ver­si­fy­ing the lo­cal econ­o­my in­to Open-Source soft­ware. While the con­fer­ence was rea­son­ably well-covered in the Ja­panese me­di­a, I’ve seen noth­ing in English, so I’ll try to rec­ti­fy that here. With pic­tures ...
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島根 September — The Castle · Matsue’s number-one tourist at­trac­tion is its cas­tle (松江城), which is ab­so­lute­ly worth a vis­it. Here are eight pho­tograph­s, with di­ver­sions in­to nin­ja and pro­gram­ming cul­ture. (For pre­vi­ous con­tex­t, see 島根 Septem­ber — Mat­sue Morn­ing.) ...
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島根 September — Matsue Morning · I re­turned to­day from four days in Shi­mane pre­fec­ture (島根県); the oc­ca­sion was RubyWorld Con­fer­ence 2009. I came back with a few sto­ries and a ton of pic­tures, so I’ll wrap the for­mer around the lat­ter for the next few days ...
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