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To Whom Does Death Belong?

Disclaimer: This entry might disgust or offend religious people. My father departed the other day, leaving a rather unique will. He wa...
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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
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While Japanese people write “Please teach me” English speakers write “tasukete kudasai” With native lang

When I see English speakers who have been learning Japanese write “tasukete kudasai” on Lang-8, I sometimes feel a violent urge to grab t...
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Jan 6, 2015 21:24
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The Funniest News of the Year in Japan

Some news makes us tremble with anger while other news makes us shiver with horror. There is also news that makes us burst into laughter,...
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Dec 6, 2014 13:12
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Grandma’s Marriage With native lang

A few years before my grandma passed away, she often told me about her fondest memory, which was of her wedding. She recounted the same s...
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Sep 28, 2014 10:26
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The Rise and Fall of Japanese Manga

Have you ever seen the anime, “Akira”? Otomo Katsuhiro, the manga artist who created “Akira,” was born in 1954. He is known to be a movie...
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Sep 17, 2014 09:46
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The Power of Translation and Anime

At the individual level, being monolingual can be a disadvantage, but at the national level, it could be an advantage that the majority o...
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Sep 15, 2014 17:01
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Is English a ticket to affluence?

Unlike many English speakers who learn Japanese, the majority of Japanese people learn English for practical reasons. They learn it becau...
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Sep 9, 2014 09:12
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The reason why some Lang-8 members send you a blank “Friend Request”

I sometimes see Lang-8 members complain about people who send a “Friend Request” without a message. I’m annoyed by such requests too, but...
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Aug 23, 2014 10:03