What’s Your Story? (One)

Page 1| Page 2| Page 3| Page 4| Page 5| Page 6| Page 7 What are you doing in Japan? This is one of the most common questions I hear when I'm talking to people back home or when I run into foreigners here in Japan. I often answer by telling them that I'm an English teacher in Japan, which is true. But to be honest, there's a lot more to it than that. Frankly, it's pretty long story. But if you have time to listen, I'll start from the beginning...the very beginning: I was born July Continue Reading …

TSUKUBA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2010-Matsuri Tsukuba

TSUKUBA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2010-まつりつくば Last weekend I had the chance to check out Matsuri Tsukuba.  First off, what does Mastsuri (まつり) mean, anyway?  Although I'm still learning as I go, Matsuri is the Japanese word for festival.  Every year, in late August, Tsukuba holds it's Summer Festival.  From what I understand, most of the Japanese festivals are tied to changes in seasons (as farming is deeply rooted Japanese culture).  In nearly every area in Japan, there is a major festival that Continue Reading …

Official Welcome!!

This is officially my first post for The Japan Guy blog.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences with you.  I have videos, music, a truckload of photos, stories, and so much more to share.  I want this blog to be educational and useful, but please keep in mind that I'm a bit silly by nature...so some of that may seep into my writings and posts.  I hope you come back often, because over the next 3-4 months, I will be making some major changes to this blog...changes Continue Reading …

Tokyo Summer Sonic 2010: My First Concert

August 8th, 2010: Today’s the day! This will be the first concert that I’ve ever been to in my entire life. I know it’s pretty sad, huh? I am now thirty years old and this is my first time. I feel so fortunate to have such awesome co-workers. As you may or may not know, my birthday was on Thursday, July 22nd. For each person’s birthday, the coworkers usually buy small cute gifts for them, or cakes, etc. In Japan, big birthday celebrations don’t seem like a big deal. Although, my first Continue Reading …

Turning Thirty In Japan

(please check back soon...updating) Today was my 30th birthday. I woke up and looked in the mirror expected to see wrinkles and a gray goatee...thank God I didn't. I look the same way I always do, and I feel amazing. I took a moment to go to my quiet, local park and do some Donald Assessment. To be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. Many people get severely depressed when they turn thirty because they haven’t accomplished their goals. Frankly, I’m no different. As an early Continue Reading …