My name is Thomas Malone. I am originally from the States, Montana to be specific and have lived here in the beautiful, mountainous countryside of Sakura （さくら）Tochigi, Japan for the past 27 years. I have been deeply involved in studying Japan during my life here ranging from of course the language to Aikido, Japanese history, Japanese mythology and as well as the culture in general. I hope with this blog to explore some of the sides of Japan that are not well known or at least not looked at so much in general books and studies on this fascinating country. I will try to update as often as possible and am welcome to comments, requests and criticism.