Category Archives: Japanese

Rainy Day Movie

It was a rainy day outside and even though my girlfriend and I promised we would go out and walk a bit, we did not. Instead we ate a fantastic breakfast and a fantastic late lunch.  In the middle of … Continue reading

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The Coin That Brought Nostalgia

I’ve got a random collection of coins from all over the world. They are poorly organized and not displayed in any fashion.  These mostly came from students who proudly wanted to show off their country, or at the very least, … Continue reading

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Not When I Got to My Stop.

There were several candidates for Today’s Perfect Moment. I saw a Canadian actress on the subway–or I at least thought I did. I am (now) unsure as to whether I “recognized” her or just felt that I knew her from … Continue reading

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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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