Category: Japan

Mochi machine

Mochi are Japanese sweets made from pounded sticky rice and normally filled with sweet red bean paste. You have probably read me talking about them before, or heard me writing about...

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Gomi rules

Gomi is rubbish, and Japan has a very strict set of rules regarding the handling and disposal of the different types. I recently finished reading If You Follow Me, a fun...

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Gadgety greatness

Thought I’d share another cool gadgety thing that Japan has but England doesn’t. This time it’s nothing high-tech, but instead is a magnificently simple loo paper changing mechanism: A friend from...

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24 days to go

Have I told you that I have my shodan (black belt) test on the 16th of August? I honestly can’t remember, so sorry if I have, and sorry if I haven’t....

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Karate is like…

…having a dumpster full of lego, and a photo of the fantastical creation you are expected to make with the millions of pieces in your possession. As time goes on, it...

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Last day

Today is the last day of term, and I’ve just taught the last English class of, what I will assume to be the rest of my life. I’d like to say...

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Clothing special!

Due to my failure to do a “bullet pointed week” post for, well, for long enough that I should probably call it “bullet-pointed month” instead, I have a small collection of...

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