So Many Choices: What To Do?

The Japanese teaching industry seems pretty strong. People watch some anime, think Japan is a land of mystical ninjas and magic girls in short skirts, and say to themselves, “Boy, I bet Japanese would be great to learn!” Then after your first year of gently being taught hiragana and katakana and a few simple kanji, you look at the road ahead of you and see that it’s long and bumpy and curvy. And there are no ninjas or magic girls, just an occasional bowl of Sapporo Ichiban with green onions. What! Too hard? AJATT and Dogen agree with you, sort of, but by simply being independently wealthy and/or doing nothing… Read More

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お金

日本語の授業を受けりたいと、お金が大切だな? お金とか時だとかやる気も大切だと思う。 このごろ「Zoom]を使わなければいけない。教室で出席するのよりリモートの授業で出席する時は足りない感じだと思うな。たしかに、見立ては少ない。 どうする?家で授業を練習して、いつも頑張りましょう。

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Grasping This Beautiful Moon

A Zen Master lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening, while he was away, a thief sneaked into the hut only to find there was nothing in it to steal. The Zen Master returned and found him. “You have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered, but he took the clothes and ran away. The Master sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, ” I wish I could give him this beautiful moon.” — from… Read More

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Inspiration

So, it’s not easy to be inspired during a global pandemic. Even less so when you’re watching fools prance around with no masks on, breathing wherever they feel like it. But, of course, the secret to life is not just inspiration. It is effort after inspiration. And it’s not easy to put effort into anything but the basic survival skills during a global pandemic. However, what is the alternative? Working, eating, sleeping and nothing else? It’s like one goes through a set of stages of experience with the facts of the world around them. Like the stages of accepting death is coming, but a bit different. My stage now is… Read More

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Japanese in the times of Novel Coronavirus

So Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague, did he? Who did the cooking and dishwashing and cleaning while this mighty man was dipping his quill in the ink? I’m not going to lie. My studying stopped a month ago. Mentally, I couldn’t handle work, and isolation, and general life, and studying Japanese. The most I’ve done is write some moments on HelloTalk. But last night, I had a thought. “If you don’t care, why are you bothering?” This seems like a stupid thought, but it reminded me: I began studying Japanese because I loved its culture I began studying Japanese because I wanted to travel around and not starve… Read More

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The Long Path

The Slowly Dying Language Blog

I’ve seen it. You’ve all seen it. Someone starts a Japanese language blog. They share grammar tips. They go strong for a while, and then, アッチョンブリケ!ブログじゃない! I don’t want this blog to become a slowly dying blog, of any type. So I have to figure out what I want to blog about. To figure out what I want to blog about, I need to engage in more experiences with Japanese — writing, speaking, thinking. Ok, one post is one lifetime.

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お久しぶりですね?(2/?)

これは日常のブログ投稿だね?(笑) 人生はいつも忙しいからこのサイトを聞捨ている。悪い考えだと思う。 今年は日本語を学ぶのは本気な気持ちを集める。秋は日本へ行きたい。楽しい時と願う! それから今日の私の聞く事と話す事は将来より良くなければなりません。 よいいちにちを。

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Travelling to Japan — my Dream Trip

Photo via Good Free Photos Well, I need to remind myself why I am studying Japanese, so let’s go through my dream vacation: Tokyo. 2-3 days. Enough time to see some of the sites, and then say after that I have seen Tokyo. It looks like a very busy city, but I also want to visit some quieter places. Kyoto. 5-7 days. I would love to see some kabuki  歌舞伎 and noh 能 theatre while I am here, as well as some temples. Also, to be able to visit 天橋立。 I would also like to meet people I’ve gotten to know online through HelloTalk.

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