A Japanese Sharehouse Tour

A look at a Japanese Sharehouse

Renting in Japan can be extremely expensive, in large part because of that pain-in-the-butt key money. This one time, sometimes exorbitantly expensive, fee is a major reason why many foreigners may feel hesitant about moving to a new place. When it was time for me to leave Tsukuba, the city I lived in for about five years, I had a little money in reserve to take care of key money and the first month’s rent at a decent apartment. However, I was trying to do my modeling thing at the time, and I Continue Reading …

How To Handle U.S. Jury Duty Summons in Japan

Georgia non-resident affidavit form.

Ah there’s nothing better than getting a message from a family member, especially when it’s a video message. That’s the next best thing to a real life visit. I was logged into my Skype account last week and sure enough that little red circle (with the white number “1” inside) popped up saying that I had a message. When I clicked it, much to my surprise, I saw that I had a video message from my father. I opened the message put in my video passcode and with a “Just happy to hear from my Continue Reading …

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 …

Cartoon Crushes

CartoonCrushDonnei

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT I wanna tell you about this girl that I used to do date. When I was little younger. I'm not old now. I'm still young, but when I younger...there was this girl I used to date. And...Wow, what can I say about her? She was everything I wanted in a girl. She was really smart, she was cute, wasn't high maintenance whatsoever. She just liked to hang out. She didn't need anything special. We just enjoyed being in each other's company and that was enough. But one day she came Continue Reading …

Panasonic Viera Commercial Spot 1

Donald Ash in Panasonic Viera commercial spot 1.

A friend of mine who I filmed a commercial with late last year recently sent me the link for it. This commercial is for a pretty cool television set by Panasonic that allows you to share and connect with your smart phones and other smart devices. I don't know much about price or release date specifics of the actual smart tv (as I like to call it), but it does look useful. I had a feeling that this is where television would eventually go. Everything being connected is the way to go. Continue Reading …