Fall, My Favorite Japanese Season

Fall Leave in Nikko, Japan

When people consider moving to Japan, they are often curious about what the weather is like just how extreme Japan’s seasons can get. In most parts of Japan, you can experience all four seasons. I know here in Tsukuba, we definitely have a distinct four. I would say it can get pretty cold here in the winter time, with the occasional snowy day. I’ve never been a huge winter fan, because winter is the time for colds, for runny noses, the flu, and all kinds of other bacterial and viral Continue Reading …

My AEON Japanese Farewell Speech, Tsukuba, Japan 2011

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Saturday February 26th, 2011 Portofino Italian Restaurant So today, it finally became real to me, in front of about 80 adult students who showed up to Marisa Sensei’s and my farewell party...I'm really leaving. We had a nice dinner at the Portofino Italian restaurant and I had a chance to walk around to each and every table to say hello to all the people who came. I made sure to shake hands with every student in the room. I really wanted them to know just how much I appreciated them Continue Reading …

The Square Enix Showcase: Shinjuku Japan

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Per my friend, Karl’s, recommendation, I thought I’d take a little trip to Shinjuku and visit the Square Enix store. Since I had to pick up my HIV test results at the Minami Shinjuku Building (don't worry, it was negative), and it just so happened that the Square Enix Showcase was about a 10-15 minute walk from Shinjuku station’s south exit...I figured “Why not?.” It would be a good way to see something more light-hearted after visiting the testing center. (Please see the official Square Continue Reading …

Natto Revisited

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I wrote an article about natto late last month, because I feel that natto is a big enough part of the culture here in Ibaraki, to warrant some attention. Mito, the capital of Ibaraki is actually famous for this stuff. There some pretty interesting natto concotions as well: natto senbei (rice crackers), natto curry, and yes...even natto ice cream (makes me cringe just thinking about it...BLECK!!). Natto is a breakfast food, a snack...a way of life (okay maybe that's pushing it a bit). Anyway, Continue Reading …

Tsukuba University’s Fall Festival 2010

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Over the weekend I made a visit to Tsukuba University in Ibaraki, Japan. I attended the 2010 Fall Festival. It was truly a lot fun. There were so many wonderful things to see and do. It was just good, clean fun (yes, even with the death metal, rock music). As I walked towards the student center and art building I could hear the sounds of guitars tuning, drums beating, and the clamor of people talking and laughing. The weather was perfect, a little bit warmer than it's been for the past Continue Reading …