Category Archives: Language

Wakuwaku Japanese Language School

If anyone is interested in learning Japanese or traveling to Japan, I highly recommend Hita as a place to see. It is full of wonderful sights and things to do, particularly the incredible festivals like Kankousai and Gion. I’ve really … Continue reading

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The shirt made me do it

The words we use every day become lost in the shuffle. Simple phrases become commonplace that once were used to subjugate entire cultures. Words are powerful. Ignoring such power can only lead to shame. The conversation is making its rounds … Continue reading

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Reflections of Ennui

There are moments in our lives when we feel listless. That moment when you complete one task but you have no clue what comes next. Fear strikes and it cripples you to the core, disregarding all those elegantly constructed barriers. … Continue reading

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Island Wilderness

The plague of our time, loneliness comes in many varieties. I’ve thought about it a lot over the years and even more so recently because of my current context. The reasons for loneliness are many. But there are two particular … Continue reading

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Representative Sample

(Please forgive me. This post has been in the works for a long time. I have to share.) Today was different. Many previous days I have found that going to work brought a feeling of joy and happiness. But today … Continue reading

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Vending machines and Drive-bys

It was quite like a drive-by, minus guns and screaming. It was a dark night, cold and rainy. The light from the vending machines illuminated a small stretch of road. A vehicle crept up slowly and stopped behind me as … Continue reading

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Trees and roots among other things

So here I am.  I am here and you are there.  Thousands of miles and tons of earth separate our physical bodies.  Yet, in the evenings we look up at the glittering sky and see the same stars.  One of … Continue reading

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Discovering Enka

Modern and contemporary pop music is generally what comes to mind when I think of Japanese music.  It could be a vocaloid or one of the other many supergroups that have become so popular.  It’s great stuff, composed of ultra … Continue reading

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Success and Failure

Rain finally gave way to the humid goodness of sunshine.  It was the day when the correct bicycle air pump was purchased. (Quite the relief.)  I had been sent on a mission to acquire mustard from Sunny.  We discovered that … Continue reading

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What do I know? Nothing.

A large group went out on a Friday night after a long week of trials and unnecessary frustration and did all the things expected on a gorgeous mid-September evening.  Guy was there.  I had never met Guy before.  But wait… … Continue reading

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