WHAT I DO
November 15, 2019
Time for a short break, I reckon.
I'm leaving Japan temporarily, because of changes to my mental health (and some changes to the way I think right now as a...
July 6, 2019
Being unwell is no fun, no matter where you live. When you’re in another country, far from your family, friends, and a more familiar-looking healthcare sys...
May 29, 2019
Every so often, a quote or article comes along that has the foreigner population in Japan up in arms. Like this NYT piece on Pico Iyer, a man who's been he...
March 19, 2018
(Part 1, about tax forms, is right here.)
To apply for a visa renewal ('extension of period of stay') in Japan, obviously there's an application form. There...
March 13, 2018
A couple weeks back, I put in my 'application for extension of period of stay'. It all went well, and now I can remain in Japan that bit longer. Yay!
September 14, 2017
The other day, I was sitting in bed watching some random clips of J-TV shows on YouTube. I looked up while the next video was loading, and a massive cockro...
August 24, 2017
I failed! Let's get that out of the way.
I failed N2 on my first try - but not by much.
Each section can be passed with a minimum score of 19 points. So I 'p...
June 10, 2017
It's hot outside! I'll say this every single summer in Japan, but it's June and it's hot.
I'm still in partial 'tourist mode'. So many things I haven't seen...
April 26, 2017
Yes, I know. But you clicked, didn't you? So here we are.
1. They're overdone, overrated, unoriginal, and uninspired
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