Exploring Honshu by Japan Rail

(Note: Like many other popular visitor centers around the world, Japan has been impacted severely in 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel to and within Japan may be challenging and difficult with varied local restrictions. Lodging, restaurants, and attractions may be closed, restricted or otherwise unavailable. Check with online travel resources and others to get …

Sergeant Major Savenaca Does His Duty

by John Penisten, U.S. Peace Corps, Fiji I Group, 1968-69 (Adapted from Green Hills and Blue Lagoons: A Peace Corps Memoir. The book is available from Amazon.com or Kindle eBooks.) Savenaca Koroinivalu was the Field Officer/Buca Bay for the Fiji Department of Agriculture.  He was middle-aged, stood 5’9”, weighed about 175 lbs.  He was a …

At the Edge of the Abyss: Hawai’i’s Drive In Volcano

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Green Hills and Blue Lagoons: A Peace Corps Memoir

The book Green Hills and Blue Lagoons: A Peace Corps Memoir by John Penisten, published October, 2020, is now available through Amazon.com and Kindle eBooks. Check either of those sites online to order a paperback or electronic print version. Proceeds from the sales of the book go to support ongoing community service projects in Fiji …

Japan Walk II

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Japan Walk I

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Keukenhof Gardens II

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Keukenhof Gardens I

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Onsen and Sakura: Experiencing Japan’s Cultural Icons

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Discovering Honolulu’s Chinatown

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