03 March 2009 ~ Enter your password to view comments.

Protected: Chapter 8: Retribution is at hand

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26 February 2009 ~ 59 Comments

Acts of Retaliation #3: Don’t you understand Japanese?

Acts of Retaliation #3: Don’t you understand Japanese?

One of my pet peeves is when staff people feel obligated to speak English to me because I’m not Japanese. Whether or not I’m using Japanese is irrelevant. My native language is irrelevant. Whether or not they can even speak English is irrelevant. Foreigner equals English. English is the language of foreigners. So, occasionally, when I […]

24 February 2009 ~ 41 Comments

…And, oh yeah, one other reason I just LOVE Japan: The Girls!

…And, oh yeah, one other reason I just LOVE Japan: The Girls!

Whenever I meet a new Japanese girl sooner or later they get around to asking me The Question: What are the differences between Japanese girls and American girls? It’s a loaded question to be sure. Back in 2003 when asked The Question, I’d look right into the doe-like eyes of my Josei (girl) du jour and say with a straight face, “Japanese […]

23 February 2009 ~ Comments Off on Real Gods Require Blood

Real Gods Require Blood

I have thus far posted half of my novel “Real Gods Require Blood.” I would like to thank all of you who have taken time to read it and leave comments and /or participate in the poll. I really appreciate it. However, the remaining 7 chapters (starting with Chapter 8), if you are interested, will be  […]

19 February 2009 ~ 5 Comments

What was the NY Post thinking?

What was the NY Post thinking?

Maybe this cartoon simply means that Obama’s stimulus package was written by imbeciles or buffoons that need to be put out of their misery. And there was an incident earlier this week where NY’s finest shot a pet chimpanzee. But…geez Loco

19 February 2009 ~ 7 Comments

Unrequited Love

Sometimes when I read some of the responses to some of my blog entries (god, don’t you just love the word “some”) I get the distinct impression that my readers (some) think that I am suffering from an unrequited love affair with Japan. Then I read this entry from Naive’s guide to Everything in the world (one […]


17 February 2009 ~ 10 Comments

Conversation 2/17/09: This is not America!

At a Ramen Restaurant… Student: This is a famous ramen restaurant… Me : Oh really! You know I walk by here every day and never noticed it. Student: It’s owned by a North Korean! Me: A Korean? A North Korean? You mean South… Student: I mean North. North Korea. Me: Wow! Did he Defect? Student: […]

16 February 2009 ~ 16 Comments

It’s all about the Mentsu メンツ baby

In America, it might be all about the Benjamins, but in Japan it’s all about the Mentsu メンツ. Mentsu, or Face for those of you not familiar with the concept, is very similar to what’s known as prestige or honor, or its downside, loss of face, which is akin to embarrassment or humiliation. In some Asian countries, it’s essential […]

10 February 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video

I still love this song [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2072375&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video", posted with vodpod

07 February 2009 ~ 12 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 2


…So, with Nanpa eliminated as a motivating force for study I moved  on to the motivation that has given me the lowest level of gratification. Nevertheless, the hope of doing it effectively someday still springs eternal: Retaliation! In English, I have a whole arsenal of expletives at my disposal for use in those situations where […]