My Weakness

When I first came to Japan, everyone was all "ここのくうきがおいしいですね". What? My town is famous for cookies!? Apparently, くうき means "air". Delicious air.  Go to a mountain town and tell everyone "自然いっぱいで空気が美味しいですね" and they'll love you.

When I first came to Japan, everyone was all “ここのくうきがおいしいですね”. What? My town is famous for cookies!? Ah, くうき, not クッキー. くうき means “air”. Delicious air. Go to a mountain town and tell everyone “自然いっぱいで空気が美味しいですね” and they’ll love you.

僕の弱点

I’m pretty good at controlling my habits. But one thing always slips through the cracks. Continue reading

Journal Entry: August 8, 2013

The view leaving my apartment complex.

The view leaving my apartment complex, one year ago. Not much has changed, honestly.

2013年8月8日の日記

The hikikomori leaves his house to a bright new world. Continue reading

Japanese Language Fun Facts (4)

Sometimes it's fun to encounter new words. If there's a lot in common, it's just swell. But when they're opposed to everything you know and love, it might take some time to get used to.

Sometimes it’s fun to encounter new words. If there’s a lot in common, it’s just swell. But when they’re opposed to everything you know and love, it might take some time to get used to.

日本語のおもしろい情報(4)

Today we’re going to look at some weird words and the patterns that underlie them. Continue reading

My Four Breakthroughs in Japanese (4)

It seems all my metaphors come back to video games, language learning, and Go.

It seems all my metaphors come back to video games, language learning, and Go.

僕の日本語勉強:4つの大進歩時期(4)

There are some amazing tools out there. Don’t let their price tags stop you if you think they’re worth it. Continue reading