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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

This museum was the single most intense experience of my life.  The things I saw and read within will remain with me forever.  Simply reviewing and uploading the videos has made me shaky and upset.  I could barely bring myself … Continue reading

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Babyshitting

In Japanese there is no “s” as we understand it in English.  The language uses moras, so in the S category you have sa, shi, su, se, and so. Because of this, the Japanese accent can make some English words … Continue reading

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Hand Bell Family Concert

On November 27, 2011, I attended the “Hand Bell Family Concert” hosted at Hakuoh University, the nearby college in Oyama. A few weeks ago, the mother of two of my students (Haruna and Natsumi) handed me a flyer for this … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday in Japan

Thanksgiving There is so such holiday in Japan.  Though they do celebrate Labour Thanksgiving on November 23 each year, it’s not a very important holiday.  In fact, one of my adult conversation students had work that day. I explained the … Continue reading

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New torii in town

A new torii (gate) under construction at the main shrine in town.

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Post cards

I love post cards.  I’ve been purchasing them everywhere we go.  Since I love them so much, part of me hates sending them because then I no longer have the cards. Well, I decided to scan a few so I … Continue reading

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Praying Mantis

Giant praying mantis outside my apartment tonight:

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