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Autumn is a great time to enjoy permissions, especially Asian permissions: In Japan, these are called kaki (柿) while in Korea they’re called gam (감). In Japan, they come in two basic types: bitter permissions (渋柿, shibugaki) and sweet permissions … Continue reading
Hello, I follow astronauts from NASA and JAXA (Japan’s version of NASA) on Twitter, and one astronaut, Wakata Koichi (若田 光一), posted this really interesting message from the International Space Station (ISS): We just saw Mt. Fuji just after orbital … Continue reading
I read in the news a year ago that Seven-Eleven Japan had bought out its parent company, Seven Eleven in the US in 1991, and plans to expand in the US and raise the quality of its stores. I was … Continue reading
Lately we’ve been watching1 the NHK morning drama Gochisosan (ごちそうさん) which takes place in Osaka. In the past I wrote about the Kansai Dialect, but since then I can listen/understand Japanese more easily than before. I’m certainly not fluent, but … Continue reading
A while back, I found this excellent guide to toilets in Korea by the good folks at Seoulistic. Much of this also applies to Japan too. If you travel/live in either place, this is important information of course. When going … Continue reading
Our second child is now more than a week old, and we are adjusting to the new routine. The first week was really, really busy. We stayed in the hospital for 2 nights, 3 days so my wife could recover … Continue reading
I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat… –Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune After reading a post by the Angry Asian … Continue reading
Hello, This week, after the Moon Festival is Ohigan in Japanese Buddhism.1 It is a time to visit family, pay respects to one’s ancestors, etc. It’s also a time in Buddhism to pause and reflect. So, the next few posts … Continue reading
Hi all, In the past, I usually posted about specific holidays, but because I have friends from Japan, Korea and China, I realized that it was the same basic festival celebrated in different ways. I’m sure Vietnam has it too … Continue reading