Category Archives: East Asia

Gym’n It Around the World

What do the diverse gym cultures of the USA, Japan, India, Nepal, and Vietnam say to me? Continue reading

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The Happiest News | 嬉しいヌーズ

I am bouncing with happiness. My beloved Nepali students have arrived in Japan. They found jobs in the services and are doing well. To the surprise of the Japanese customers, they celebrated a Nepali holiday in their traditional dress in … Continue reading

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When the Elephants Dance

Here is footage of the Japanese man who set himself on fire in protest of Japan’s re-militarization; a pending decision that will irrevocably change Asia’s equilibrium. In my opinion, with the withdrawal of US influence globally we are entering a … Continue reading

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Gaikokujin Vs. Expats

Gaikokujin Vs. Expats In the last year, I have lived in or visited eight Asian countries, over this period I slowly started to notice a difference between the communities of expatriates that I have encountered in each country. I determined … Continue reading

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About to Sail

Graduating university marked the end of a sixteen-year journey down a river.  When University ended, the river fed into a great ocean of chance and opportunity. Unlike the River in the Ocean one must know when to sail, drift, paddle … Continue reading

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Yonago: One Year

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AI – ハピネス

A song I have started to like six months after hearing it for the first time. Funny how that happens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKgmu8g-kXE

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Spring turns to Summer

I have been living a very full life in the last months. I neglected my blog because I was too busy living to write about it. I decided to just bullet-point a few great moments from late winter to early … Continue reading

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JPN1213# 7 Tokyo

Oshogatsu, New Years Week, in Tokyo was bliss. Everyday, I met with one of my friends. Some I met at the 2005 wedding, some I met in Philly, some from high school, and some from University. It was wonderful to … Continue reading

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New Years in Tokyo

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JPN1213# 6 Chicken Pox

One morning before the children arrived a coworker informed me that there was an outbreak of chicken pox among the students! My colleague insisted that everyone at work was getting chicken pox, even the adults! The cold weather was bringing a ravage of chicken … Continue reading

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JPN1213#5 An Ordinary Day

I tend to wake up just about ten minutes before I have to leave my house. This love of sleep and insistence that I can manage prepping myself for the day in under ten minutes has resulted in a few … Continue reading

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JPN 1213#4

 I find myself working long Japanese hours. In Japanese hours a regular American working day last ten hours rather than eight. I find myself staying at work for eleven American hours to prepare for the next day. ((This last section … Continue reading

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JPN1213 #3 Seine ut Zeigt

Be it that this is my first full time job, I guess it is natural for me to long for the freedom and time that was so abundant during college. Although I am not under much stress nor is my job … Continue reading

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JPN 1213 # 2: Daisen

If the sky over Yonago were a stage, Mount Daisen would be hogging the spotlight. Daisen lurks in the cover of Yonago waiting centuries to seize the fattest clouds. Every cloud that attempts to pass Daisen will face a dilemma. Either … Continue reading

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JPN1213 #1: Jerry

  There is a seven-year-old girl in one of my classes who walks up to me while I am teaching and pinches my butt or, if I’m sitting on the floor, my cheeks and shouts in a giggly laugh “JERRY”.  … Continue reading

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Entry 36: More Donations to Japan Relief Fund

The generosity just keeps on flowing! We have raised another 200$ for the Australian Red Cross’s Japan Relief Fund. This brings our grand total to 1,100$. We have done a great job helping those in need. Should tragedy ever strike … Continue reading

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Japan Video

Video from Japan

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About Japan Letters

These letter were written in Japan to my high school class. They were written in 2007 and early 2008. Before I had a blog I had a series of E-mails sent about my experience. I’m posting them here for my … Continue reading

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Japan Letter #1

September 9th 2007 Dear Friends, First and foremost I would like to tell you all that I wish I could have brought you all along and that we could share this amazing experience together. I will try my best to … Continue reading

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Japan Letter #2

October 17th 2007 Dear Friends, They cut down my rice field. I don’t know when or how, but last week I awoke from my troublesome sleep on a bed made of wooden planks and when I gazed out the living … Continue reading

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Japan Letter #3

November 21st 2007 Dear Class of 08, I realized that I haven’t told you much about Japan yet. I know you don’t want to do much learning outside of the classroom, but I promise to spice up this research essay … Continue reading

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Japan Letter #4

December 2007 If I haven’t told you or you didn’t already know, Japanese toilets are not seated thrones but bowl shaped cut outs in the floor that one struggles to straddle. There is however, by good graces, one western toilet … Continue reading

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Letter from Japan #5

January 6th 2008 Dear young adults I”ll describe the setting for you, it was a cold day, the sun was apt to set, snow lay across the earth. Night was soon to setting in. I sat with a relaxed posture day … Continue reading

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Donate to Japan

Dear Friends, I have decided to make a contribution to the Australian Red Cross’s Japan Relief Fund. I have modest means, however the law firm I work with will sponsor donation matching. Whatever amount of money I give the Australian … Continue reading

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