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/.] Advertisements
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
Sometimes, after a long day, you just wanna plop down in a forest of neon mushrooms, eat food that looks like it was shat out of a rainbow, and watch sexy Harajuku girls dance atop a spinning birthday cake. No? Just me? In any case, I highly recommend popping by the Kawaii Monster Café in … More Tokyo Highlight: Kawaii Monster Cafe
Shopping in Harajuku is really, really tiring but really, really fun. I don’t know what else to say about it. The current fashions are spring-in-the-mid-90s: bubblegum pastels, light denim and floral sundresses. Chunky shoes and black chokers are back in a big way. My friend Krissy and I wandered around the shops and reminisced about junior … More Tokyo Trip: Shopping in Harajuku
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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…