August Shodo

I feel a little better about my kanji this month. I took a break for about a month for summer vacation and also work. But I came back with a fresh perspective. And the characters kind of reflect that. The following say (basically) precise pen, spare ink, where spare means not too much. If you…

Book Review – Dave Barry Does Japan

Book Review Dave Barry Does Japan By Dave Barry Dave Barry, for those of you who are not in the know, is a Pulitzer Prize winning author. While his more well-regarded books include I’ll Mature When I’m Dead and Homes And Other Black Holes, the most representative is Boogers Are My Beat. I was first…

Book Review – The Lives of Tao

Book Review The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu Last month, I started listening to a podcast, Writing Excuses, which was recommended by a writing colleague at the Tokyo Writers Workshop, Karen McGee. An excellent writer of mystery, crime, and short fiction. She recommended a couple of episodes to help a fellow TWW-er. I piled…

Chibi Trump

I started a cartoon last week thinking that the press conference where Trump showed his true colors would be the theme. Then so many things happened before I finished it, that it wasn’t relevant anymore. This kind of thing happens a lot. You think that you’ve finally seen it all and then something else comes…

You know you’re in trouble when

… you find yourself deeply involved in the squealing feedback loop that is political social media. I spent the morning (yes the whole morning) reading my twitter and facebook feeds, then following links to news sources.This is unusual for me. I have tried for the last couple of months (since November to be precise) to…