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Intercultural Relationships 国際恋愛

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 42

So much going on, so many typhoons! We've had two typhoons in two weeks in Japan, on top of the Mt. Ontake eruptions, not to mention more Fukushima scares. Tokyo hasn't been hit too hard, as the storms tend to calm down by the time they hit the capital, but Okinawa and Kyushu have been hit hard both times, and there have ...

Conversations with YJ: Yamapi Envy / YJはヤマピに焼きもち??

On Sunday nights there's a show called "Otona no Kiss: Eigo" (Adult Kiss: English) on Fuji TV, starring J-pop star and actor Yamapi (full name . It's on really late, starting at 00:40 on Monday morning. YJ and I had never seen it until last week, since we normally have early starts on Mondays. (I go to bed at 10pm if I ...

5 Things (Some) Japanese People Find Weird About Swedish Food Customs

And by some, I mean YJ, a handful of friends who studied abroad there and some other random pickings from Japanese people living there. Not surprisingly, there aren't so many! Sweden is a small (population wise) country and Finland tends to hold more appeal for Japanese tourists for a number of reasons. (In fact, for so many ...

Review: Welcome to Sweden, Season 1 レビュー:スウェーデンへようこそ

Being in a relationship with someone from another culture or country occasionally brings out the patriot in you and your partner. Most of the time there are fair and balanced discussions about the advantages and disadvantages each culture has. Then, on occasion, there will be a fiery protective stance coupled with a not ...

The Weekly Bulletin: Week 33, 2014

I missed the last weeks to a terrible combination of "far too busy" and "would rather sleep", so this one 's going to be a big one! ...

Sleep Talking Doesn\'t Work Both Ways 寝言は一方だ〜

The bizarre conversations I've had with YJ while he's asleep are becoming a regular thing now. It amuses me and doesn't seem to bother him, so it works. But the other day, the tables were turned. I went to bed early and YJ woke me up later to tell me that I'd been talking in my ...

Conversations with YJ: Acronyms / YJと会話: 接頭語

I've covered YJ and my strange half-asleep conversations a few times now, but I like to think that as strange as those are, the "real" conversations we have are sometimes weirder. Every couple has their idiosyncrasies, and that's what makes it interesting, but sometimes I wonder if ours aren't just a little bit on the weird ...