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The Weekly Bulletin: Week 8, 2017

It's been a busy couple of weeks, with even more busyness as we head into March, but I hear that's supposed to be a good thing...right? [caption id="attachment_3919" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Manhole cover picture, solely because I couldn't find one for this post from last week[/caption] Music/Fashion/Other ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 7, 2017

We're about halfway into February and I can't wait for spring. There have been a few telltale signs that it's on its way—the plum blossoms are finally coming through. I haven't had a chance to snap any good photos yet, but I hope to before they disappear! [caption id="attachment_3875" align="aligncenter" width="650"] ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 6, 2017

A belated Happy New Year and all that jazz! I hope you all have had a great holiday season and have made it into February still alive and at least somewhat intact. YJ and I headed to the US for a very, very, very brief trip over New Years. It was great! I ate bacon, grits, more bacon, raspberries, pulled pork barbecue, and ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 46, 2016

Long time, no write. I was planning on a much more dramatic entrance than a weekly bulletin post. I mulled over how best to get back into blogging after such a long hiatus. But the more I mulled, the more I delayed, so in the end I decided to ease in with a usual update post. I won't go into detail about why I've been ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 10, 2015

Yesterday was Hina Matsuri (or Girls' Day, Doll's Festival), where families place out dolls in Heian dress, eat tons of food and wish the best for their daughters' health and happiness. Sadly it's not a national holiday even though it should be, given that Boys' Day (<-in May, and renamed Children's Day but with no other ...

Japanese Vernacular: I-Turn, U-Turn, We all Turn!

I'm sure most of you have heard of a u-turn: that thing drivers do when they want to go back the way they came fromーsometimes on a road where such actions are both illegal and dangerous and pedestrians almost pay for this misdemeanor with their lives. Ahem. Forgive the dramatic explanationーit's the direct result of almost ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 9, 2015

It's finally getting warmer in Tokyo! I'm 99% thrilled and 1% upset because the sneezing, coughing and general spring snotfest has already begun. Ahh, hay fever! Thank goodness for face masks, which do help a little bit. I wrote about how much I like Japanese surgical masks on Texan in Tokyo a while back. It's not all about ...