WHAT I DO
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!
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 2, 2017
June is rainy season in Japan.
I know this, because the sudden storm that blazed over Osaka last night was intense. June 1st, massive rainy thunderstorm. It...
April 13, 2017
I'm finally - finally - at level 30 on WaniKani, which is halfway through the app's levels at least. Reviewing everything is going to take a bit longer.
February 1, 2017
Some kanji compounds are harder to work out than others. Once you know the rough meaning of each kanji individually, putting them together might give you a...
January 4, 2017
Every time I come to Japan, I put on weight. (Last year was no exception.) Every time other people come to Japan, they magically lose weight.
Why is that?
November 30, 2016
On the long, uncomfortable trek through the Joyo Kanji list, similar-looking kanji have a tendency to block my path.
Lately, it's been this pair:
防 - prevent
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March 31, 2020
You call that a Chocolate Challenge?