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Tue 2020.03.31

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Japanese Women’s Literature Book Release: “Downfall and Other Stories” by Hayashi Fumiko culture, E-book publishing, General, translation Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2020.01.28

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Thoughts on Mochitsuki 2020 (a Japanese festival in Portland) culture, General, portland Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2020.01.21

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A brief introduction to Noh theater, one of the oldest forms of theater culture, General, noh Self Taught Japanese

Sat 2020.01.11

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The Flame Stick — A Primitive Chinese Lighter Culture, history, translation, Wuxia wuxiawanderings.com

Wed 2020.01.08

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Why is grass (草) used in Japanese to mean something is funny? culture, General, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2020.01.07

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Ukemi: Aikido and the art of rolling with the punches aikido, Aside, culture, portland, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.11.18

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Japanese novel review: “The Woman in the Purple Skirt” (“むらさきのスカートの女”) by Natsuko Imamura (今村夏子) culture, General, Japanese Study: Intermediate, review, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.11.12

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Interesting Japanese loanword “マウンティング” (mauntingu, a.k.a. “mounting”) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.11.04

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Classical Japanese poetry translation: “The Forgotten Garden” (廃園) by Yoshinobu Morikawa (森川義信) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, poem, poetry, translation Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.10.30

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Japanese News Site Review: Unseen Japan culture, translation Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.10.22

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Oregon Ki Society: Learning mindfulness, self-control, and Aikido in and around Portland aikido, Aside, culture, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.10.16

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Japanese Novel review: “Nimrod” (ニムロッド) by Takahiro Ueda (上田 岳弘) culture, Japanese Study: Advanced, Reviews, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.09.16

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Fairy tale about a magic organ: Mimei Ogawa’s “The Life of a Musical Instrument” culture, General, Japanese Study: Intermediate, translation Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.09.12

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Juza Unno SF story published on history website culture, General, translation Self Taught Japanese

Thu 2019.08.29

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Dystopian SF Novel review: “Cash Crash Jubilee” by Eli K.P.William Aside, culture, japanese, novels, Reviews, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.07.16

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Japanese novel review: “勝手にしゃべる女” (katte ni shaberu onna) by 赤川次郎 (Jiro Akagawa) culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.07.15

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Commentary (解説): One of the Joys of Japanese Literature culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, literature, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.06.03

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Japanese book review: 一流の人が学ぶ 氣の力 (“Ki for Business Professionals”) by 藤平信一 (Shinichi Tohei) aikido, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.05.22

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Free Japanese textbooks (for children with Japanese citizenship) Aside, culture, General, japan, japanese, raising a bilingual child Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.05.13

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Japanese slang term: meccha “めっちゃ” culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, slang, translation Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2019.05.03

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“Horumon Yaki”: Do the Japanese really eat grilled hormones? culture, food, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.04.23

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Japanese novel review: さざなみのよる (sazanami no yoru) by 木皿泉 (Izumi Kizara) culture, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novel, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Sun 2019.04.14

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Japanese Book Review: “The Power of Ki” (氣の威力)by Koichi Tohei (藤平光一) aikido, culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2019.04.10

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Training Aikido in a Japanese Dojo: An intriguing experience aikido, Aside, culture, General, japan, japanese, Travels in Japan 2019 Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.04.01

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A thoughtful discourse on literature with Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura (中村文則) Aside, culture, General, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, novels, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2019.03.18

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Interview with Ben Hourigan: author, editor, Japan aficionado culture, E-book publishing, General, interview, Interviews, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.03.12

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Japanese slang word: あざす(azasu) [“Thanks”, without the politeness] azasu, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.02.12

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Hitori Saito (斎藤一人): entrepreneur, best-selling author, motivational speaker Aside, culture, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, review, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2019.01.29

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Finding Japanese Singles in Portland (or anywhere else) Aside, culture, japanese, meetings, portland, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Sun 2019.01.13

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Toilet Tchaikovsky amwriting, comedy, culture, Fiction, funny, humor, life, SuperMegaNet, webfiction, webserial, writing SuperMegaNet

Fri 2018.12.21

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Book release: “Tales of the Disturbed” (classic Japanese fiction by Yoshio Toyoshima) Aside, culture, ebook, E-book publishing, General, japan, japanese, literature, translation, Uncategorized, yoshio toyoshima Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.12.18

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Shinichi Tohei (藤平信一), current head of Ai Aikido (心身統一合氣道), appears on a Japanese educational program aikido, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.11.19

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Japanese expressions “nimaime” (二枚目) and “sanmaime” (三枚目): the good, and the funny culture, expression, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.10.22

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Some thoughts on “aisatsu” (挨拶): greetings that make relationships smoother aisatsu, culture, General, greetings, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.10.09

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A confusing Japanese loanword in English: “Hibachi” (it may not mean what you think it does!) culture, General, grill, hibachi, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.09.24

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Konbucha: a popular tea with health benefits…or not? culture, grammar, japan, japanese, konbu, konbucha, Reviews, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.09.03

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 11 – Miraikan science museum and Odaiba 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, Reviews, robots, tokyo, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.08.27

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 10 – Robots in Japan 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, Reviews, robots, tokyo, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.08.21

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 9 – Hokkaido: Sapporo and Hakodate (with pictures) 2018, culture, General, hokkaido, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, Reviews, tokyo, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.08.13

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 8 – Visiting Square Enix Cafe in Akihabara 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, Reviews, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Sun 2018.08.12

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Gotta catch ’em all (in Japanese): Learning Pokemon cards in a foreign language card games, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, pokemon, pokemon cards, raising a bilingual child, Reviews Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.08.08

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 7 – Japanese Elementary School Experience 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.08.07

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Japanese literature review: “Utopia” (ユートピア) by Kanae Minato (湊かなえ) book, culture, grammar, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Intermediate, kanae minato, literature, review, Reviews, 湊かなえ Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.08.06

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 6 – The Maid Cafe Experience 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.08.01

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 5 – Practicing Japanese Skills in Japan 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Advanced, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.07.30

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 4 – Japanese Kindness 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Fri 2018.07.27

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 3 – Narita View Hotel: A Great Way to Begin and End a Trip (with photos) 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Wed 2018.07.25

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Japan Trip 2018 (Tokyo/Hokkaido): Part 2 – Traveling to and Around in Japan 2018, culture, General, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, report, travel, travelogue, trip Self Taught Japanese

Tue 2018.07.03

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Off to Japan for a new adventure culture, General, instagram, japan, japanese, Japan trip 2018, sapporo, tokyo, travel, twitter, Uncategorized Self Taught Japanese

Mon 2018.07.02

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Alternative responses to “arigatou” (thank you) in Japanese besides “dou itashimashite” (you’re welcome) culture, douitashimashite, General, japan, japanese, Japanese Study: Beginner, Japanese Study: Intermediate, manners, politeness, translation, Word Origins Self Taught Japanese