Author Archives: Doug

About Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

Buddhist Sutra Chanting in Japanese

Hello, Recently, I had an opportunity to go to a workshop on chanting Buddhist-liturgy in the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition. Although not required, it will help me a lot in my efforts to get ordained as a minister. The workshop … Continue reading

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Girls Day 2015 Wrap-up

Hello Everyone, Just to wrap up Girls Day, I wanted to post some photos of our dinner. I left work a bit early today so I could be home on time for dinner. Because it is Girls Day, a Japanese … Continue reading

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Shogi and Castling II

Lately, I’ve been regularly playing Shogi with a Japanese co-worker. My skills are rusty because I haven’t played in years, but lately I’ve been researching strategy on Japanese websites. Previously I had to use English-resources but they are very limited. … Continue reading

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RIP Spock

Today, I was surprised and saddened to hear the news that actor Leonard Nimoy has died. His character, Spock, was a role model for an impressionable teenage boy who didn’t have many role models. He taught the value of helping … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never: Girl’s Day 2015

 Hello, This year has been hectic but I finally put together for the Japanese holiday of hinamatsuri (ひな祭り) or Girls’ Day. Girls’ Day is on March 3rd. According to tradition, the best time to assemble the doll set is … Continue reading

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How To Make a Japanese-Style Haiku

Recently my wife and I were talking with our daughter, “Princess”, about haiku poetry. Princess learns both Japanese and English so she is aware of haikus but didn’t really know how to make one. So we talked about the rules … Continue reading

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Setsubun 2015 Fail

Hello, I wanted to post a funny video my wife took for this year’s Setsubun holiday. As readers might remember, there is a tradition called mamemaki (豆まき) which kids often do. Someone wears a mask to look like an oni … Continue reading

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