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Mottainai (Wasteful)

When I bought hair accessaries at a department store in Yokohama, a shop keeper wrapped them in a small plastic bag and then put that pla...
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Jan 31, 2012 16:17
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Chain Shops

Whenever I travel abroad, I'm a little bit disappointed to see many chain coffee shops, especially in downtown. When I walk down the...
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Jan 29, 2012 18:37
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Japanese Hospitality

Today I stopped at a gas station to fill up the tank. The lady who was working there was very cheerful and kindly enough to wipe and clea...
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Jan 27, 2012 17:11
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The Singular, The Plural Or Uncountable?

When I write an email or a journal in English, it's still tricky for me to choose a noun as the singular or the plural or uncountable...
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Jan 26, 2012 18:03
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A Big Challenge

My younger daughter who is in the 10th grade (she goes to a Japanese public high school) borrowed an English book, "Anne Of Green Ga...
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Jan 24, 2012 16:24
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Is There A Good Addiction?

Since I post my entries to lang8 on a regular basis, I started to carry my small notebook, wherever I go. I never know when funny and int...
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Jan 23, 2012 14:54
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Is There A Huge Difference Between "Would you〜?" And "Could you〜?"

I've ever read a book,"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." written by John Gray. The book is about how to keep a goo...
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Jan 22, 2012 11:42
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Cleaning Is Polishing My Mind

Every morning I clean my house at least one hour , particularly the entrance, the sink in the kitchen and the toilet need to be cleaned. ...
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Jan 21, 2012 13:55
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Lang8 is wonderful.

When I encountered Lang-8, I thought this is the SNS I was looking for quite a long time. Mainly because I need somebody to check my writ...
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Jan 20, 2012 12:21
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I Feel Something Missing In Our Conversation.

I have many foreign friends since I've worked as an English teacher with them for many years. I feel very comfortable with some of my...
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Jan 19, 2012 18:31
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Keeping a diary to make a good choice. (選択日記)

I had a chance to watch Prof. Sheena Iyengar's lecture of Colombia University on TV. This special feature was broadcast by NHK and sh...
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Jan 17, 2012 17:14
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Youjoukun (養生訓)

Recently I read a book "Youjyoukun"(養生訓) by Kaibara Ekiken(貝原益軒) who was a Confucian scholar in the Edo period. It is a kind of...
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Jan 13, 2012 22:10
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Color Therapy

I took a color therapy seminar yesterday in Tokyo. The following was what I learned. Can you guess what the most popular cooperate ide...
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Jan 12, 2012 18:03
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Training to be a good tennis player.

I started to play tennis once or twice a week from last December in order to keep fit. Even though my first purpose was to stay good heal...
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Jan 11, 2012 22:45
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Reverse Culture Shock

I grew up in Osaka, had been there for more than 15 years, which means I was exposed to culture in Osaka such as Osaka Ben(dialect), food...
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Jan 10, 2012 16:58
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After You

There are admirable customs "Ladies first" and "After you" in a western society. The former is only for women , but t...
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Jan 9, 2012 15:56
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Punctuality Shows Respect for Others.

There are two unforgettable examples concerning with punctuality. Many years ago I invited an American friend and asked him to come o...
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Jan 7, 2012 15:58
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Why Do Japanese People Say "Sumimasen" So Often? Part 2

On the very day I posted the journal "Why do Japanese say Sumimasen so often?", I said to my daughter "Sumimasen"in t...
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Jan 6, 2012 20:40
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Are Japanese People Too Punctual ?

The other day I made an appointment with my foreign friend who came from Ghana. I couldn't receive any email or phone call while...
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Jan 5, 2012 11:06