"KARUIZAWA"…thanks Don and Yets for the much needed "K" and "A"!

Time

“What’s the most important thing necessary for getting good at speaking Japanese?” asked my teacher one day, seemingly out of nowhere. “A good teacher?” ”Watching TV?” ”Studying every day?” Finally, one student gave the answer the teacher was waiting for: “Time.” Whether that … Continue Reading →


First Day of School, Jan. 2013…with one of the few signs in Tokyo you'll find translated into English properly!

Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Bullying

In just three weeks, Spring Quarter 2014 will be coming to an end. When I first started studying Japanese at my school in Jan. 2013, they told me that based on my placement exam, I’d likely finish by Spring 2014. … Continue Reading →


Baptism…had the best seat in the house…other than the kids.

Start

Start. In Japan, April is the month of “start.” Beginning of the fiscal year. Beginning (and end) of the cherry blossom season. Beginning of the school year. (In fact, on the first day of class for the new semester, we … Continue Reading →


"Hold the corn and mayo please…"

Pizza Party

“I love Domino’s Pizza! The half and half Domino’s Deluxe and Spicy Deluxe, Italian crust, with extra tomatoes. I order it nearly once a week!” Didn’t expect to hear that from my 60-something year-old Japanese taxi driver, I thought. “That’s … Continue Reading →


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“Where you go I will go…”

“…and where you stay I will stay.” So goes the famous quote from Ruth 1:16. I’m reminded of these words every day. They are written on two plaques that sit in the corner of my room–a farewell present from one … Continue Reading →


Speaking of "natsukashii," look! How about this one from 9 years ago (2005) in Japan with Garrett Inouye?

A New Kind of Natsukashii

Walk around town, take a seat on a train, or turn on the TV in Japan, and you’re guaranteed to hear the word “natsukashii.” If “arigatou” and “ohayou” are the first and second words most foreigners learn when they come … Continue Reading →