Warning: this trailer is pretty graphic. That said, I really gotta watch this one...looks ridiculous.
Last week I received an email from Laura of Sayonara Japan. She sent me a copy of her new e-book, The Stress-Free Guide to Leaving Japan, and asked if I wouldn't mind writing up a review if I got a chance. Well Laura, you got it.
First off, let me just say that this is not a sponsored post. I did receive a free copy of this e-book, but I am not receiving any money or other form of remuneration for writing this review, nor am I affiliated with the authors or publisher.
"Japanese people are polite."
Last week's riddle was:
First off, kudos to Rene of Shoujiki Shindoi and reader Vitor for sending in the correct answer!
Update: Also a kudos to Cocomino, whose answer got lost in the shuffle. Sorry!
And now, the answer. If you'd like to try and figure it out for yourself, don't scroll down yet!
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Should know who you are soon. Any day now...
I'm a little stumped as to what the deal is with this one. Be warned, it does have a little, uh...inappropriateness?
Update: In the comments, Richard provided a link with some info on Inochi-kun (English).
I'm sure you'll like this one.
Hello I'm Mac from a little blog called JLPTBootcamp.com. I've been living in Japan now for about 7 years. I currently live in Kyoto. From time to time, I like to blog about stuff that well, isn't so JLPT-y if you catch my drift. So here I am sharing my wisdom with you about the wonders of acquiring a driver's license in Japan, or should I say converting a driver's license? Anyway, hope you enjoy, and if you are taking the JLPT sometime soon, you might enjoy taking a look at my blog, JLPTBootcamp.com. Come over and see me sometime.
I'm going back to the U.S. soon, in just over a month. There are a lot of things I'm looking forward to, but it's strange...I really have to remind myself about them to keep my spirits up. Right now my mind keeps focusing on all the things I'm going to miss about being in Japan. Feels much harder to leave than it was to initially come here. I guess that's because of the roots I've put down over the past three years. Leaving Yoshie will be the hardest part, but it's something that we're trying to deal with. At least she'll come visit the States in the fall.
My uncle passed away this weekend. He was a good man - a loving father and husband and extremely kind, intelligent, and patient. He'll be sorely missed.
More Japan-related posts to come this week.
Recently McDonald's has become my favorite place to study. I always liked to study there because of the free coffee refills, but now after finally setting up my computer to work with their wifi, it's become my main studying location. It's great because I don't like studying at home, there are McDonald's everywhere, and I'm able to keep my Anki deck synced over the Internet as well as be able to copy and paste definitions quickly from online dictionaries. The process of signing up for McDonald's wifi is a bit strange but convenient and somehow also convoluted. I thought it might be something that would interest you guys.
The wifi that McDonald's uses is Yahoo! BB Mobile Point. The instructions are here, but I'll summarize in English.
Step 1: Go to a FamilyMart convenience store. They have a machine there called the Famiポート (FamiPort). Push the button that says "プリペイド"(Prepaid). It's a green button with the ￥ symbol on it.
Japan has 47 prefectures of Japan, 43 of which are labeled 県(ken), the others have special labels like 府(fu) or 都(to). Some of these prefectures have interesting names, and so I want to periodically have a short look at one. Retaining these little tidbits can be a good way to remember the various parts of Japan.
Today Daniel got me all thinking about armor and the military, so I'm going to tell you a little about Hyogo-ken (兵庫県), where I've been living for the past three years.
First off, I'd like to take a page from Chris' book and say "thank you" to everyone who has been commenting. He and I have very different styles and tend to disagree on a great many things, but I think we both hold similar "blogging values."
"They" say that in blogging, content is king and consistency pays off. That's certainly true to an extent. The longer you stay in the game, the more readers you'll attract over time. More than the numbers, though, I really appreciate the quality of the readers that have been coming here. I've said it before - I aim to achieve a certain sense of community here, and it's quite rewarding to see the thoughtful comments and links that some of you have been leaving.
So thank you, especially for the awesome interaction you commenters have been providing. I hope our content here has been and continues to be worth coming back for.
On that note, a few words about the blog and my life at the moment. Though I've been trying to keep up the pace, it's been a little difficult recently. I have less than two months left in Japan. Not sure if I mentioned it, but I'll be returning home near the end of July. I will be keeping up with the blog after returning home, as a lot of my content is independent of actually being in the country at the time of writing. And Joe will still be in Japan, so we'll have a man in the field, so to speak.
Anyhow, I was in Okinawa this weekend and I'll be posting some thoughts about that trip this week. Additionally had a welcome blogging-related surprise that I'll write about sometime soon.
In the meantime, please let me know if there's anything you'd like to see or read about that I can work on while I'm still here. This goes double for those of you who normally don't comment! Someone told me a while ago that she's interested to hear a bit about life in Osaka as compared to Tokyo; that's something that I haven't forgotten and have been thinking about how best to approach it. Let me know!