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 … More Japan is Awesome – Honesty
From my hotel to the Japan Writers Conference at Tokushima University last month. Shot on a DJI Osmo. The section through the trees is the best. The frame rate dropped to about one sixth of a second, which made it blur. I think that’s the secret.
I spent the day in Shizuoka today. Despite having lived in the country for 18 years or so, I’d never really spent much time here. One time I visited a friend in Hamamatsu, but I never got outside the city. This time I drove. A lot of it highway, but then I got off the … More Tea Leaves
Leveled up in kana and kanji, both. Still giving the pen a break. Below is the kana that the powers that be liked. Lots of pre-hiragana, semi-kanji letters. Now 4-kyu, which means I ranked up 6 times. I need about 7 more to reach a dan. Here is my kanji that leveled up. It’s … More More leveling up
Went away last weekend to Nagano with the fam. I asked them where they’d like to go if they had a weekend and this is what they picked. They picked it because of a TV show, Taiga Drama. It is a period drama, usually with lots of swords, horses, armor, and the like. This one … More Nagano
I love my sensei. She’s a peach, really. She also doesn’t pull punches. Been plugging away. Ranked up in kana a bunch of times, kanji a little less. But my pen writing just hasn’t budged. Last month sensei likened my pen writing to that of stroke victims she knows. I think it is time to take … More Break Time
Japan’s relationship with nature is weird, and beautiful. You can’t put it succinctly. There’s too much history. In many ways, it is much more evolved than in the states. There aren’t many Japanese politicians that disbelieve in climate change. Part of the attitude in Japan must come from the intense urbanization of the country. Some … More Japan is Awesome – Nature