Japan is Awesome – Mascots

Japan loves mascots. I suspect that it might be Disney where the phenomenon started, but I have nothing to back that up. The only places that I see mascots where I’m from, Boston, Mass., is for sports teams and Disney. You take pictures with the mascot because you want to remember your association with the…

Book Review – Claws of the Cat

Book Review – Claws of the Cat By Susan Spann About six months back, I joined the Japan Writers Conference, an annual event that attracts a lot of academics, intellectuals, and amazingly creative people. They also let anyone join, and it’s free, so that explains why they let me in. There, I had the pleasure…

April Shodo

The pressure is on. Now that I’m 1kyu, I’m worried I can keep the same level of quality. The below ain’t bad but is it 1kyu ? Same here for 3kyu in kanji. 

Testing Up

I just submitted some kana for a level up test. This is the first time that I get to choose what to write, how to write it, and how to arrange it on a page. It was like trying to play improvisational jazz after two piano lessons. I was paralyzed. I finally struggled through and…

Japan is Awesome – Honesty

I haven’t written about how Japan is weird for a while. My experience last week was one of the better ones. I’d just finished doing my taxes, an ordeal that no human should be subjected to in any country in any language. I’d expected to be done around mid-morning. But the line– which curved and…

Feb Shodo

Kanji for Feb, a little better than usual. Still struggling, but at least it’s balanced.  Kana is still about right. No leveling here, but solid stuff, imho. 

Testing Shodo

A little over 2 years back I started shodo with my daughter. On the surface, it was all about helping her get over a slump at school. She had gotten a bad test grade in kanji, and she needed a boost. Or maybe it was about making it fun, or maybe she could teach her…