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We went to Fuji Rock and it was…

August 13, 2017

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Wonderful is the wrong word. It was everything. It was perfect. It has ruined every other future festival concert for me. We’ve been to other concerts here. Mark and I have both been to plenty of festival concerts in plenty of countries. I went to my first festival concert when I was 15. I saw […]

We were THOSE TOURISTS: we went to the Park Hyatt Hotel’s New York Bar.

August 5, 2017

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Also commonly referred to as ‘the Lost in Translation bar‘. It had to be done. I love the movie, I loved the scenes shot in the bar, and I wanted to see it for myself. It’s not often you get a chance to see filming locations, and after having lived in Baltimore, which shows up […]

We went to Kyoto (again) and Nara!

August 5, 2017

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I know I’ve been MIA for a while. I’ve been busy living and working WAY too much. I’m going to try to get through all of the posts I’ve got lined up (since May). So, yeah. We went to Kyoto again, and this time it was totally different, and SO MUCH BETTER. We also went […]

It seems like all the pay is basically the same.

February 1, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]