What is a Japanese Share House?

You can end up with a broad spectrum of personalities in a sharehouse.

Finding a place to live is just one of those realities of life, one of the basic human necessities. I remember seeing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in school and if I recall it right, shelter is among the most important human, physiological needs (food, water, shelter, etc.), right at the base of the pyramid: What passes for “shelter” truly does vary from person to person. Here in Japan, as in most modernized countries what are the main options? Generally, you can rent or you can own. For most Continue Reading …

Moving To Tokyo?

Tokyo Apartment View

Hey gang, I wanna say thank you guys for checking on me as of late. I appreciate the emails and comments asking how I’ve been, and everybody making sure that all is well. You guys are the best! I hope you guys are all good, too. Truthfully, I’ve run into my snags here and there chasing after this dream of living life on my terms. I have been lucky enough to land some gigs to help me get by, but I have been scraping. I’m sure I probably mentioned it, but I have been teaching part-time Continue Reading …

Spring Time, Kafunshou Time

ACHOO!!

Do you know what the Japanese term kafunshou (かふんしょう or 花粉症) means? Well, this is pretty neat opportunity for a small Japanese vocab lesson I just learned. The term kafun (かふん or 花粉) means pollen. The term sho (しょう or 症) means symptoms or illness. When you put the two together, kafunshou, it means allergies. Cool right? :D Much like springtime in the U.S., every year, brilliantly-colored, blossoming buds release copious amounts of their flower love powder into Japan’s air. The resulting Continue Reading …

How to Stay Warm During a Japanese Winter (Part 1): Enter the Kairo

Different types of kairo

I don’t hate winter, but let’s just say it’s my least favorite of the four seasons. Even during Japan’s summer heat and extreme humidity, I would always say “Yeah, it’s really hot out here, but at least being too hot, isn’t as bad as being too cold.” To me, being the Georgia boy that I am, walking around in the cold is about as much fun as having a monkey double fisting handfuls of feces at my head. Not cool...not cool at all. So today, let’s take a brief look at a cool, inexpensive, Continue Reading …

My Five Biggest Japan Gripes

5GripesAboutJapan

Ah Japan...the Land of the Rising Sun, home of some of the most beautiful temples & shrines you will ever see, and a hot spot for all things tech. So, I’ll admit. I love living in Japan. I could probably write a mile-long list of the reasons I think it’s so wonderful, but today, I don’t want to focus on that. Let’s look at the flip-side of that. Here are three of my biggest gripes about living and teaching in Japan: 1. Japanese Apartments & Elementary School Doors are not Tall-People Continue Reading …