Hanami and Tailgating

Quick, out of Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) and tailgating, tell me which one I am describing: at the same time several groups of people get together for outdoor food and drinks. The stated reason for the gathering is to watch an event that only happens during a certain season of the year, but many of … More Hanami and Tailgating

A Human Moment

I have been living in Japan since 2004. In that time I have had some incredible moments, and, of course, moments that have been rather frustrating. Japan does excel at many things. Compared to where I was born, the USA, it would be hard to argue against the notion that when it comes to service, … More A Human Moment

Graduation Day

They dress in red robes and sing to say goodbye. Parents and teachers watch, clap and cry. Diplomas are passed out. Speeches are given. Pictures are taken. Then comes the lunch. Awkward conversation. More speeches. Skits. Speeches. Tears. Sobbing tears of farewell. One last song together. Goodbye teachers. Retire to the classroom. One last look. … More Graduation Day

Drinking after Work

Okay, confession time: I really like my main job. I kind of fell into teaching. I come from a family of teachers and sometimes it seems like a majority of the extended family, on both sides, either are teachers or have taught. I think that outside of my dad and brother, almost everyone else has … More Drinking after Work

Bloody Tokyo, Ch. 19

Season 2 continues with chapter 19 of “Bloody Tokyo” by indie author Brent Thomas. A modern horror story containing vampires, werewolves, magic, oni, ninjas, samurai, yakuza, and more all set against the backdrop of modern Tokyo. This week’s Patreon shout out goes to Natalie! She is the reason that the rough transcripts are available to … More Bloody Tokyo, Ch. 19

My Valentine’s Day

As I write this I am riding a train back home. I spent the day teaching at a girls-only elementary school here in Japan. Through out the day I overheard snippets of conversation about who is making chocolate and who isn’t. For this school the vibe surrounding chocolates is more friendly than flirty. I’m sure … More My Valentine’s Day

Bloody Tokyo, Ch. 18

Season 2 continues with chapter 18 of “Bloody Tokyo” by indie author Brent Thomas. A modern horror story containing vampires, werewolves, magic, oni, ninjas, samurai, yakuza, and more all set against the backdrop of modern Tokyo. This week’s Patreon shout out goes to Natalie! She is the reason that the rough transcripts are available to … More Bloody Tokyo, Ch. 18