Category Archives: Actual Real Life Stuff

Life in Japan #1: Spending Time With the In-laws

(Hi! This is the first in a semi-regular series of posts on my life in Japan. Loads of people are already making blogs/vlogs about Japan, but most of that’s either (a) flashy Japanese travel stuff, or (b) incredibly depressing ‘everyday … Continue reading

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An Abandoned North Korean School in Gifu, Japan

A few months ago I heard about an old abandoned North Korean school less than an hour by train from my apartment. Now, you’re probably thinking: ‘Wait, there’s a North Korean school in Japan?’. Well, apparently as of 2013 there’s not one … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Studying Kanji, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Needlessly Complicated Japanese Logographic Writing System [Part 1]

So you want to learn Japanese. It’s a common story. Just think of all the manga you could read, all the anime you could watch, and all the people you could no doubt impress by needlessly saying ‘karaoke’ with the original Japanese pronunciation. Maybe you … Continue reading

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