Category: Blog

Ume-mi

Hana-mi (hana = flower, mi = to see) is the name given to the hugely popular activity of going to see the Spring cherry blossoms (the term usually extends to the...

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Empty handed

“Empty hand” is one of the translations for the Japanese word karate or 空手. Kara (空) actually has a number of meanings – sky, void, heavens, vacuum – but “empty” is...

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Pointless paperwork

Japan may have the second largest economy in the world, but many foreigners here believe a big reason for this is that it is propped up by unnecessary things. For example,...

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School photo

Thought you might like to see the school photo, which was taken last term but which we have only just been handed a copy of. As you can see, they are...

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Shitsumon

A shitsumon is a question, and I have one for you: If you subscribe by email, does the kanji in the subject line display weirdly? Shall I change it to something...

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Been boarding!

This post has been a long time coming… I have finally forced myself to finish it, helped of course by the free coffee at the internet cafe. Sorry for the poor...

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The Dog of Ming

The Dog of Ming is one of the most revolting examples of the canine species I have ever seen. A lot of the dogs in Japan look a bit retarded (sorry,...

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