I was just cleaning up my desktop and stumbled upon this video! A couple years ago, our friend Koji invited me, my husband John, and our buddy Casey to participate in his local Gion in the nearby town of Buzen. At Gion, teams from different neighborhoods walk around the city, play music, pull floats, and … More #TBT That time I played taiko at Gion
I just thought I should tell you this lion just came into the office and bit all the board of education employees on the head. Happy New Year!
For those not familiar with Japanese love hotels, they are exactly what they sound like. They are hotels for bonin.’ You may be thinking, “Pshh, whatever, I can bone in a regular hotel,” and you would be right, but there is something novel about a space specifically designed for it. What’s more, love hotels offer a … More Baby’s first love hotel: Hotel Enzo, Buzen
I disappeared for a while because I’ve been feeling depressed and helpless, as something very, very, very, very, very bad has happened. I felt I should somehow acknowledge our country’s moral failing, but I’m out of words at the moment. So here it is: we have failed. Still, I’m feeling newly inspired by a series of recent … More I’m back! (also, ugh…)
It’s amazing how quickly scenery becomes commonplace, and how refreshing it is to see your town through the eyes of a visitor. Our friend Bubs took these beautiful pictures of city streets when he visited us in Nakatsu last month. [Photos by Bruno Filip Lumetta. You can see more of his work here: http://rosettapictures.com/.]
I have an article on page 53 of this month’s Connect magazine! It’s about steps that have helped me connect with my students despite the language barrier. It’s a constant learning process, so if you have your own tips and experiences, I hope you’ll share them with me in the comments! View the issue here: http://ajet.net/downloads/connect/2016/ajet-connect-oct-2016.pdf
Originally posted on This Japanese Life.:
Forgotten spirits get their revenge in Japan by destroying your laundry.?Appeasing them requires?vigilance, patience and a calm disposition. Pro Tip: To calculate the percentage of clothing your washing machine will destroy, you can use this metaphysical equation: X = S + B / O Here, X = items of…