Japan Category

Nagori Yuki

There are many Japanese words or phrases, in my opinion, that perfectly describe a fleeting moment.  We don’t quite have the equivalent in English, so I am always happy to learn of such words or phrases, which usually correspond with nature, holidays or a special moment in one’s life.  I learned of such a phrase […]

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When the Earth Shakes

As all of you I am sure know, a devastating earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand last week, killing at least 161 people.  Inside the collapsed CTV building, many Japanese students and teachers from the Toyama College of Foreign Languages were having lunch when the earthquake struck.  According to news reports, the building collapsed within a […]

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How American Health Care Fails

(This place doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but the inside is wonderful). This is a personal story.  I am not writing this as a health care expert, economist or politician.  Rather, I am simply writing this post as an American who has been treated by doctors in three different countries on three different […]

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My Most Dreaded Katakana

The Japanese writing system consists of three alphabets (hiragana, katakana for loan/foreign words and kanji, or Chinese characters). I taught myself hiragana and katakana my first month in Japan, finding hiragana much easier to master. Katakana, which I learned second, is more difficult for me because there are a few characters that look very similar. […]

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Those Who We Learn From

The first time I came to Tokyo in 2009, I spent much of my time alone wandering through hyperactive streets glowing in every direction.  I had no idea where I was half of the time, but countless kind Japanese people helped me along the way.  There was the kind gentleman who carried my heavy bags […]

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