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
久しぶり! Time for some TMI updates! On December 26th, I was just about to take the plunge and fill out my JET renewal paperwork. After months of tortuous hemming and hawing and a lovely pro-con list, I’d decided not to renew, and to head back to America in August 2017. But the same day I … More Video: My Gyno Adventures in Japan
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
I had a three-day weekend, so I finally made a video tour of our house in Nakatsu! Hope you enjoy listening to me ramble about tatami mats. (^_-)-☆ I had some technical difficulties, so it got dark while I was filming. I’ll do a daylight tour next time!
Families in Japan recently gathered to celebrate Obon, a holiday honoring the spirits of dead ancestors. Grown children return to hometowns, generations reunite, and together they visit and tend to relatives’ graves. Some carry the spirits back home to household altars to spend a few days together, preparing meals for them (a fading tradition, I … More Bon Odori in Bungotakada