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It seems like all the pay is basically the same.

February 1, 2017


It’s like being stuck on a level in a game, and I can’t move up. I’ve been thinking about this for a while now, and it’s really not 100% true in all situations (which I will explain a little further down), but it seems like as far as teaching English as a second language (ESOL) […]

Christmas in Japan

January 29, 2017


Christmas in Japan HAPPENS, just like Halloween does. But here it’s different, just like Halloween. Japan is good at appropriating international things and making them its own. I’m writing this to share what Japanese people do that is different from what Americans and others do on the date/days surrounding December 25th. There are a lot of […]

You have to ask the right question, Neo

January 7, 2017


This has happened to me before in Germany, and I wanted to write about it happening again, here in Japan. I’m not really sure how it happens or why. In Japan, I’m inclined to think that people ‘hear with their eyes’, as it is said: they see me being all foreign, so even if I […]

Things I’ve learned about food while in Japan

December 28, 2016


There are things you don’t think about when you move away. When you leave the country. I tell my students this all the time: we all have an idea in our heads of how the next place will be, of what life will be like in that new place. It is hardly ever what we imagine […]

I forgot to say: I got to do Halloween twice this year!

December 23, 2016


I’ve been a bit haphazard with the posts and the order of things lately. I’ve been busy and on top of things, but not at the same time. I was putting off a lot of things because I was waiting for our wedding photos from our visit to the UK to arrive, and that led […]

We went to: Kawaguchiko!

November 26, 2016


For multiple reasons, but mostly because in case you haven’t noticed, we travel for our birthdays. That’s just how we roll. I’m not sure if we ever actually decided that was what we would do, but our conversations tend to be ‘where are we going for your/my birthday this year?’. I don’t know when that […]

I get a blood test every 3 months, at the behest of my Neurologist

September 23, 2016


I actually haven’t seen a GP doctor in years. I see my Neuro and my Gyno 4 times a year, though. I just saw my Neuro (and my Gyno as well, but we’re not talking about him today) again last week. He’s a nice man, and is apparently THE top doctor in Tokyo for MS. So […]