Real and Fictional Geography

I think it’s about time I get started on this. I’m going to be showing you both real and fictional geography at the same time. What does that mean?

First of all, I’ll be working on Geography Quick Facts, going through each country in the world alphabetically, providing you with various facts and figures about each country. I won’t be going into depth about culture, the people, or history of the countries, but I’ll be focusing more on statistics, such as population, largest cities, and tallest mountains, as well as physical characteristics, such as bordering countries, climate zones, and geological zones. I will provide pictures whenever possible.

As for fictional geography, I’m going to do something similar for Ariadne. But these will be the start of the country profiles for the Ariadne Encyclopedia. As I haven’t published anything yet, I’ll only focus on the physical geography of the countries. You can see the names of them, but you won’t get to learn about the cultures, history, or any demographics. Only physical geography, including climate, geology, and ecology. These profiles will grow over time, as I write the books, and I can flesh out the countries, including minor spoilers (these will be marked as spoilers, so you can skip over them).

So, which one are you interested in seeing?

Kind Train Driver Makes Kid’s Day

On the train I’m riding in, there was a boy, maybe 5 or 6 years old, riding with his mother. They got off the train, and as we’re in the front car, they stood near the driver’s window and said, “Arigato gozaimasu.” That means “thank you” in Japanese. I didn’t expect what happened next. The train driver very briefly used the train’s horn. The boy then mirrored the motions that the driver does, and he seemed very seriously into it.

Train driver, you just made a little boy very happy. Here’s a photo of the train. He’s in there somewhere.

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I love seeing things like this. Have you seen anything recently that makes you think humanity isn’t all that bad?

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 18

Time for another set of Instagram photos for you to vote on. This time, I call this my Futamatagawa Group. Most of these photos were taken in the Futamatagawa Station area in Yokohama, sometimes featuring buildings, sometimes trains. Some interesting photos in this group.

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos (if the first photo doesn’t load, try refreshing. It sometimes works. Not sure what’s wrong with that one):

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Don Quixote Futamatagawa

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Pedestrian bridge

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Wires in Futamatagawa

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Futamatagawa Station

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Praying mantis

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Perfectly timed train crossing photo

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In a train crossing

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Typical narrow residential street in Japan

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Tokaido Shinkansen streaking by

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Steps going up

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Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):