Category Archives: Japanese

A Look at Sharing

I don’t know what it is inside of us that wants other people to like what we like. At my most pessimistic, I think it has something to do with our own insecurities and our need for external validation.  At … Continue reading

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A Spot of Lunch

Today’s Perfect Moment is all about getting treated to a Sunday lunch. After some shopping and looking around the mall, we headed to our scheduled destination and a sushi lunch.  Normally, I am a sashimi kind of person, usually ordering … Continue reading

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Wrapping

I don’t know what it is with me and wrapping presents. It isn’t a terrible activity, but it certainly isn’t one I relish.  In fact, I usually procrastinate it down to the day of, if not the hour before I … Continue reading

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Indulgence in the Afternoon

Sometimes, Today’s Perfect Moment has to be a little indulgence.*** As I write that, I felt it was such a powerful statement that I had to step back from the keyboard and admire it a little. I had to start … Continue reading

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When Shopping At A Japanese Grocery Store

Once, a long time ago, I watched a Japanese TV program that was waxing nostalgic about Japanese summer treats.  One of the things they mentioned was Monaka.  If I remember correctly, the program was not really talking about the Monaka … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Muji

Decades ago, when I lived in Japan, various satirical magazines often made fun of what we termed Japanese English or Janglish. These were translation mistakes or misuses of English (intentional or unintentional) that appeared everywhere. They could be boldly emblazoned … Continue reading

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Banana Kit Kat

One of my students went back to Japan to take part in a festival to celebrate adulthood.  It is a wonderful event with beautiful kimono.  I saw it a couple of times in Japan and always thought it was spectacular–at … Continue reading

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I Couldn’t Resist

I have been shopping at a Japanese market for years–though less frequently than in past. On Saturday, I took a friend to experience the place.  Despite trying to cut down on my sugar intake (and increase my exercise time) I … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Ramen

Lately, I had been feeling that my connection to Japan had started to wane.  I hadn’t eaten any Japanese food recently.  I hadn’t watched any Jvloggers–or at least the Jvloggers I had watched were reporting from places other than Japan.  … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

A long time ago, in the previous century in fact, I taught in Japan.  I taught in a small city jammed up into the corner created by the corner of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.  It had beautiful mountains that housed a huge … Continue reading

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