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...
July 14, 2017
So, I have a job that involves running my company's social media accounts.
I try to do this without sounding too much like myself. That's the point of being...
April 5, 2017
A month or so ago, I was chatting with my parents on Skype. They told me a story designed to horrify middle-class England. Cadbury - purveyor of ...
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 23, 2016
I currently live on a hill.
Before getting here, I took a sneaky look at the place on Google Street View. I saw a hill, but a relatively mild one. An inclin...
November 2, 2016
For Halloween, I dressed up as a blue alien. Jumpsuit, LED antenna headband, the works. Even painted my face blue to make the whole ensemble better.
October 12, 2016
For the longest time - THE longest time - I thought that a 'rirekisho' (履歴書) was the Japanese version of a CV/resume. Simple.
Obviously, just like everythin...
September 16, 2016
The other day, on my way out of a temple, I was stopped by a man in Lycra.
For a second, I thought I was about to be coerced into a new life of cycling and...
July 21, 2016
Nuance is a big thing here. There are 2 specific Japanese phrases that I've been muddling up in the past few weeks.
'X no sei de' (のせいで) - because of X, owi...
June 8, 2016
I've met a mix of Japanese and non-Japanese people in Osaka, and the initial conversations always go a little differently. Going through the name, age and...
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Okay, 2019 is over, you can come out from behind the sofa now
January 2, 2020
Hitting the 'pause' button on my Japan adventure
November 15, 2019
Aji WOW: Peyoung GIGAMAX (over 2,000 calories of) yakisoba