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Feline Friends By Troll

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} While riding my bike (The Beaver) through an unknown town, my thoughts often wander, depending on the surrounding environment. “Can sea birds see the ...

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The Midnight Express By Troll

I enjoy books just as much as people who can hear, and I’m always throwing myself into the adventures found in their pages. One of my favorite novels is “Shinyatokkyu” (“Midnight Express”) by Kotaro Sawaki. The book featu...

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Lucky Not to Hear By Troll

 When I’m traveling, I always look forward to where I’m going to sleep. If you are creative enough, there are many ways to sleep comfortably even when camping out. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep though, I do have ...

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Problems with Passing Notes… By Troll

Problems with Passing Notes… I love traveling as much as the next person, but being born deaf has meant my experiences have been quite different than others. This episode comes from a bicycle trip through Kagoshima in Kyushu. As the cold ...

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Staying the Course Down Memory Lane By Troll

How do you define “trip memories?” For me, it’s the scenery and the food, strong winds in your face and the long hike up sun-scorched paths drenched in sweat. It’s the experiences and the people you meet along the way. In reme...

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Maple Leaves and Pricey Sheaves By Troll

While our group was struggling to get down the bunny slope without falling, there was a skier who was kicking up rooster tails of powder on every turn. Upon further inspection, we noticed he was seated in a chair mounted on a single ski. In last month...

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Homesick in a Huge Country By Troll

Late last year I made my way to Canada for some telemark skiing, and I have just returned home to Japan. Before this trip my travels had only been in Asia, so my arrival in Canada marked my first steps in the Americas. When I first got there, I was s...

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Underwater Signs By Troll

There are times when being deaf can lead to interesting discoveries. One of those instances occurred during a journey to a remote island in Okinawa. I had spent the majority of time paddling about in a sea kayak, when I suddenly felt the urge to explo...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? By Troll

Sitting inside the tent, we were in quite a pinch. We were starting to regret our decision to pitch the tent here, as it seemed the sides were being shaken by someone outside. Our bicycle trip north along the Japan Sea side of the main island had bro...

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DreamCatchers By Troll

This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to take 21 deaf children on a camping trip into the wilds of Japan. It all started with a chance conversation. While touring around Japan on my bicycle, I was stopped by a junior high school student a...

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Lightning Strikes By Troll

To a deaf person, the entire world is limited to that which falls in their field of vision. We often notice what is happening off in the distance; things wriggling about behind a tree in the dense forest draw our attention and pique our curiosity. ...

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Mountain Man Memories By Troll

I ’ve mentioned my father was also deaf and, like me, had a great love for the outdoors. He spent most of his youth hiking, camping and snapping pictures in the Japan Alps. I recall asking him why he loved the mountains so much. “Only ...

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Signs in the Rain By Troll

The clear blue sky stretched as far as I could see, as I sat on the terrace of the Nishiho Lodge in Nagano sipping a cold beer. Suddenly a guy from a group of nearby hikers threw up a hand and raced toward me. “Hey there!” he excited...

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Traveling Without Sound By Troll

Traveling without sound Like most people, I love traveling. However, I explore a soundless world—as I was born deaf. Although I can’t hear, I understand now, my other senses, such as smell and sight, have grown extremely sharp. For som...