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25 Apr
The other day I suddenly remembered the phrase 半ケツ. I’m not sure what prompted it. I mean, I have as many random sexual thoughts as your average red-blooded American male, but this was not sexual in nature…at least not completely. … Continue reading
1 Apr
I’m in The Japan Times again this week with an article about how to offer your condolences: “Condolences: what to say when there’s nothing you can say.” I’ve had this happen to me twice now. I detail the first one … Continue reading
10 Mar
I’m on the Japan Times Bilingual Page today: “To furu or furareru: In any lingo, breaking up is hard to do.” Sadly the piece is inspired by a true story. As is my MO these days, I dug deep in … Continue reading
5 Mar
Hello from Narita Airport! I spent the last two days at the After JET Conference as a career consultant. The After JET Conference used to be called the Returner’s Conference, but it has since been adjusted because many JETs hope … Continue reading
20 Feb
Chapter 29 has some clear changes right from the beginning: The chapter title in the Complete Works edition is “Lake, Pantyhose” while in English translation and in the original paperback it is “Lake, Masatomi Kondo, Pantyhose.” In this chapter, Watashi … Continue reading
4 Feb
I’m on the Japan Times Bilingual page this week with a piece about learning how to read in Japanese: “Look to ‘senpai’ to help take your Japanese reading to the next level.” These are all true stories. Paul laughed at … Continue reading
18 Jan
I don’t really believe in microaggressions when it comes to Japan. I mean, I get it, there are definitely subconscious assumptions being made about foreigners, but I don’t think they are necessarily demeaning. Often annoying, but not always demeaning. (Conscious … Continue reading
22 Dec
Chapter 28 “Musical Instruments” is a short End of the World chapter. Boku and the Librarian meet the Caretaker of the Power Station, a quiet young man with a collection of instruments he enjoys looking at. Boku peruses the instruments, … Continue reading
30 Nov
Amtrak isn’t quite as enjoyable as Japan Rail, but it sure beats driving. I recently rode the Lincoln Express from Chicago to St. Louis for Thanksgiving, and I managed to put in a few more hours on Final Fantasy VI. … Continue reading
18 Nov
Chapter 27 “Encyclopedia Wand, Immortality, Paperclips” may be the shortest Hard-boiled Wonderland chapter in the entire book. In it, the Professor explains what exactly is happening in Watashi’s head and why it means he’ll be expelled from reality into an … Continue reading
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