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Delirious

One evening more than thirty years ago, a tune from the radio captivated me. “What’s this? What is this song?” The only word I was able...
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Apr 22, 2016 20:59
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Fire of Joy With native lang

One fine day in spring. People gathered in front of a department store in a port city, Kobe, watching a couple of musicians playing the v...
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Apr 4, 2016 15:39
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A Jakuchu in my household

“May, take a look at this drawing.” I heard my mother calling me. Entering her room, I saw a hanging scroll with a suibokuga of bamboo s...
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Jan 13, 2016 14:10
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An Unusual Visitor at Night

An hour or so ago, there was a strange rustling sound at the door. Weird…it was a little past eight in the evening. Is someone tampering ...
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Nov 10, 2015 22:04
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Have you ever dyed your hair?

I stopped coloring my hair a couple of years ago because I had developed an allergic reaction to the henna I had been using. Since I’m al...
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Sep 15, 2015 15:05
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An imported katakana word that has a sad history

Did you know that the Japanese katakana word “noruma” is “quota” in English? The other day, when an American friend of mine used the word...
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Sep 13, 2015 12:45
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Designers should learn English and exit Japan 日本のデザイナーは英語を学んで海外へ移住を

Since a friend of mine on Lang-8 asked me about my thoughts on the Olympics logo controversy, I’d like to write about them here. As this ...
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Sep 5, 2015 11:45
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To Whom Does Death Belong?

My father departed the other day, leaving a rather unique will. He wanted his funeral to be a simple secular one with only his wife, sibl...
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Aug 14, 2015 10:06
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Negotiating with the Soviet Secret Police in Japanese With native lang

This is to complement my previous entry. In my last entry, I wrote about my grandpa on my father’s side who used to brag about defying th...
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Aug 6, 2015 10:02
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The Day Japan Lost the War—敗戦記念日 With native lang

In Japan, August 15 is called “The Day the War Ended.” How hypocritical! The war didn’t end of its own accord. Japan LOST the War. I ...
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Jul 27, 2015 12:39
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Have you been following your bliss? With native lang

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls,” Joseph Campbell said. The controversy regarding...
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Jul 17, 2015 18:24
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Do you cluck your tongue on bad news?

I read an interesting entry written by a Czech person about clucking one’s tongue. She was asking Japanese people why it’s considered rud...
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Jul 7, 2015 12:18
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Orthorexia Nervosa?

Don’t eat food to sustain your body. Eat for pleasure. Feel the chocolate melting on your tongue. Savor the sweetness and the texture....
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Jul 5, 2015 20:11
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Which would you use, “the” or “a”?

I came across an entry on Lang-8 written by a native English speaker who was quoting one of Takarai Kikaku’s haiku and an English transla...
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Jun 10, 2015 12:41
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English Haiku With native lang

Seeking shade made me realize That summer is approaching ----------------------------------------------------------- I’d appreciate it...
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Jun 1, 2015 10:58
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True Stories

These are true stories about one of my aunts, Mika (a pseudonym so that I won’t embarrass her), and her husband Tatsuya (pseudonym): 1...
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May 22, 2015 13:25
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Can “motherfucker” be used as a term of endearment? “Bakayaro” can

I spoke like a yakuza when I was in my early teens, and so did my siblings because we all went to the same local junior high school where...
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Apr 12, 2015 10:49 slang
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Don’t come to Japan!!

Last summer, our family--my husband, our daughter, and I--spent the “obon” holiday in a small village in the mountains in Japan. We chose...
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Apr 1, 2015 13:58 fiction
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Taking advantage of “gaiatsu,” or the pressure from abroad

Yesterday, a British friend of mine on Lang-8 showed me a tweet by Tabuchi Hiroko, a New York Times reporter: https://twitter.com/Hiroko...
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Feb 13, 2015 20:51
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Satire and the freedom of speech in Japan

As you know, Muslim terrorists charged into the office of French magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” killing twelve people including the cartoonist...
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Jan 16, 2015 10:11