Archive for the 'Stranger in a Strange Lande' Category

Twenty-one years? So soon?!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I came to Japan on October 6, 1987, to study for one year and a half at University of Tsukuba (how they insist it be written in English; go figure) on a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship.
Twenty-one years later to the day and I’m still here.
I’ve lived in Japan longer than any of the […]

“I believe in UFOs.”

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura made a bit of news this week at an official press conference when he announced that he believes in the existence of UFOs.
This isn’t all that surprising when you think about it, though.
After all, back in September he had a “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” of his very […]

Hot Arab Women With Large Breasts!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Will NOT be found anywhere on this website.
But you’d be surprised how many people seem to be ending up here as a result of googling for them.
So I thought it would be interesting to see what this post does to my hits over the next few days.
(I’m adding the “Breast-soothing” category tag, which is supposed […]

Higher Education in Japan Today…Here’s what it sounds like

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Just in case you were wondering, I made some recordings this afternoon after my third-period class.
Outside the Humanities Building (468 KB MP3).
Inside a first-floor classroom inside the Annex opposite Hum (616 KB MP3).
Second-floor classroom inside the Annex (728 KB MP3)
Outside again, further away than first recording! (276 KB MP3)
And the absolute worst: outside the first-floor […]

From 3 to 8

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Pills in the morning.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to blather on about this sort of thing much more.
But it’s a bit of a pain having to gollum down eight largish pills when heretofore I’ve just had to manage one big one and two small ones.
I know firsthand that Japanese dentistry is less advanced than American. […]


Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Not too long ago the SpamCop ( service I funnel my spam-plagued ATT WorldNet account mail through underwent a major interface upgrade. Sender names and message titles that formerly displayed as gobbledy-gook (I could have logged in under Japanese but have always preferred to use the English-language version) now correctly render into Japanese or Chinese […]


Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

So…I was sitting here in front of the PowerBook working on some stuff when suddenly from behind me something revved up into full gear…
Tsuuuuuuuku-tsuku-booooooooshi-boshi-boshi! Wani-da! Wani-da! Wani-da! Oooooooooo!
Freaked me out for a second until I realized that one of the cicadas of the type know as—wait for it—Tsukutsukubôshi had landed on the screen outside and […]

The Myth of the Japanese Gardener

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I’d really like to know where the Western (or at least North American) stereotype of the Japanese gardener came from. Because it sure as shit (for fertilizer) didn’t have anything to do with the way the art of horticulture is conducted in this country these days.
Arrived at uni today to find idiots cutting down trees […]

My Missionary Position?

Monday, June 18th, 2007

In preparation for the great exodus in early August (the building refurb project I think I’ve mentioned before), some of the third-years were cleaning out the student lounge a few doors down one day last week and brought me a caricature done by a graduating student a few years back that has graced the walls […]

On certain salt-kissed, fog-wrapt nights like this…

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I am reminded to take extra care when lighting from the car. You never know what the shifting billows and tendrils of white may hide.
It was on a night like this a few years ago that a woman was attacked by a run amok monkey. He had escaped from the Mehiko Monkey Pavilion down on […]

Attack of the 50-Foot Windchime Girl!!!

Monday, June 4th, 2007

So it was Saturday afternoon…maybe about 4:00 or 5:00. I’d been out puttering around in the yard & garden and had just come in to have something cool and check out the action on the various boards and sites I’ve been trolling lately. And the doorbell rang.
Well, crap.
When I’d come in, I’d pulled off my […]

Making the Lawson’s help cry

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

I’ve got an amusing(?) little anecdote to share with you all, but can’t post it until after Thursday.
(My printer in the office was on the futz Thursday and I couldn’t print out my handouts, so I had to come up with alternate lesson plans at the last moment and gave my comp class a listening […]

What a boar!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while but have kept forgetting to get round to it.
One of my former students showed up at the beginning of the month and gave me a New Years Card.
OK, sure, it came a bit late…but it was kind of neat and worth the wait, considering that […]

It wasn’t solidarity…

Monday, March 26th, 2007

with the ADiots—who haven’t had a post to their mailing list since the middle of February—or anything silly like that. It wasn’t that I’ve been sick or really all that busy with work or other pursuits.
No, none of these are the reasons I haven’t blogged since early in the month.
Don’t know what it was (or […]

Tsurara (氷柱)

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Jobanni evidently went snowboarding with friends over in Aizu over the weekend. Sent me this pic this morning of an interesting ice formation (a tsurara or “ice pillar”) they passed on the way back to Ibaraki.

They were curious enough about it that they stopped to get out and look.
Reportedly they found a broken waterline, from […]